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J. Scott Cellars: Eugene

I love discovering neat places totally by accident. Like last weekend when we stumbled across J. Scott Cellars, part of Eugene's new "urban wine district." Saturday, late in the afternoon, we were up in Eugene taking care of some shopping and errands before heading over to some friends' house for dinner. Our last errand was a stop at Oregon Paddle Sports, which we found tucked into a maze of … [Read More...]

Charleston Oregon

A Whale of a Weekend

Last September, on a whim to buy tuna fresh on the dock, we found ourselves in Charleston, Oregon. It had been a long time since I had been in Charleston and I realized that it was a place that deserved more time and attention. So earlier this month we created a 4-day weekend and explored Charleston, the Coos Bay area, and down into Bandon. There is something special about the Oregon coast … [Read More...]


Construction Along the Row River Trail

The Row River Trail will undergo some construction this summer in an effort to make two of the trail intersections with Row River Road safer. I recently had the chance to talk with Lydia McKinney, Senior Planner at Lane County, and got an update on the intended changes. First, a bit of history. You may have noticed when I write about the trail, I often warn people to be cautious about its … [Read More...]

"Share the Shore" artwork created by youth and sponsored by

Western Snowy Plover: Share the Shore

Last summer, while canoeing the Stiltcoos Trail we floated through Western Snowy Plover habitat.  From our seats in the canoe, we saw several plovers along both banks of the river. The plovers on the north side, which consisted of hard-packed sand, I later identified as the Semipalmated Plover. However, the plovers on the south side, which was banked and dune like, are harder to identify. Until … [Read More...]

Goose and goslings

Spring Has Sprung, part II

Last weekend we discovered that the spring wildflowers have begun their annual show out at Bake Stewart Park. This weekend, we discovered that the goslings at Row River Nature Park have begun to hatch. Check out these cute geese babies! Fellow blogger "the Cascade Rambler" was also at the Nature Park Sunday morning. The Rambler makes his home in the Salem area and writes a lot about birds … [Read More...]

Shooting Star

Spring Has Sprung

For me, spring isn't so much about a date on the calendar or the alignment of the earth; instead, it is about spring wildflowers. After our visit to Bake Stewart Park last weekend, I can say with confidence that spring has sprung! The annual parade of wildflowers which will be appearing in our forest, woodlands, parks, and prairies has kicked off and should be with us into June. Here's a … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove

Mountain quail -- a fairly recent visitor to our yard.

Bringing Nature Close

I love being outdoors and in nature, so it should come as no surprise that I like to bring nature into my own yard. This includes purposefully bringing native plants into our garden -- usually the … [Read More...]