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#OptOutside Cottage Grove

  Are you planning to "#OptOutside" this weekend? When most of us hear the term "Black Friday" we probably think of shopping at the mall and long lines to get great "bargains."  I have never been much of a shopper and if you have read this blog much, you know that I happen to love being outside. So it was great news to me -- though a shock to many in the corporate world -- when … [Read More...]

Little Free Libraries in South Lane County

For the past year and a half or so, I've been watching along the sidelines as Little Free Libraries began coming to south Lane County. I love to read and I love the feel of a real book in my hands (no e-reader here, yet). I also know the value of reading for all people, most especially children and teens, so this is obviously a project that would capture my attention. Little Free Libraries … [Read More...]

Cabell Marsh: Finley National Wildlife Refuge

The first time I experienced Finley National Wildlife Refuge, I was instantly enamored. Hearing the beat of thousands of geese wings as they swirled overhead is an experience I won't soon forget. After our first visit, I planned to take many additional trips up Highway 99 to experience the Refuge in different seasons and conditions. Early this past spring we were able to explore Woodpecker Loop,  … [Read More...]

Oregon Caves

Have you ever been to the Oregon Caves? I'm a native Oregonian, and I've lived in Oregon most of my life, yet I went to the Oregon Caves for the first time last month. Is that unusual? I don't know. But what I do know, now, is that the Oregon Caves are beautiful both inside and out. Officially called "Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve," the caves sit in the Rogue River-Siskiyou … [Read More...]

Prune Hill Historical

Prune Hill is about seven miles east of Saginaw and is the site of the first Booth Kelly Sawmill. I'll be up-front at the start of this post, I'm not a mill historian or knowledgeable about Booth Kelly. However I do like great pictures that tell a story. Earlier this summer, when searching for historical information about Marten Flume (which I couldn't find), I found some great photos of Prune … [Read More...]

Grants Pass Get-Away

Earlier this summer, we stumbled across J. Scott Winery in downtown Eugene which sources many of their grapes from vineyards in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. We fell in love with the wines – especially the Albarino – and knew we wanted to explore the area in person, some day. When the opportunity for a long weekend recently opened up, we decided to head south to see what we could … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove

Frog for lunch, anyone?

With our summer heat, the water in the ponds at the Row River Nature Park is very low. I know from our dog walks down there that the Canada geese, coots, and other paddling birds have pretty much … [Read More...]