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Paddling Dorena

I love getting out in our canoe. The world looks and sounds different when you're out in the middle of a lake or gliding along a shore line. This summer, we have been fortunate to paddle in some amazing places. Sometimes, though, it is nice to stay closer to home: to get out, paddle, and get home in just a couple hours.... that is when Dorena Reservoir comes in handy. I've seen people launch … [Read More...]

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Lund Park: Historical Brice Creek

Lund Park along Brice Creek was a busy place last weekend. The campground seemed full and campers stretched out along the creek in unofficial campsites. People with young children frolicked in the creek, and others -- like us -- were using it to access hiking trails. Over 100 years ago Lund Park was busy with a different type of activity, as this photo, taken over 120 years ago, … [Read More...]

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Hosmer Lake: Deschutes County

I can not tell you how beautiful Hosmer Lake is because I don't have the words, and it is possible that you may not even believe me. Hosmer Lake is one of those places that I sometimes hesitate to write about; I want to keep it a secret so it stays as beautiful as possible for as long as possible. However, with Hosmer the word is already out. I am just adding my voice to many, many others. The … [Read More...]

Brice Creek Falls before the swimmers arrive.

Beautiful Brice Creek

Every time we go for a hike along Brice Creek, I always wonder why we don't head out there more often. It is fairly close to town, beautiful, and never fails to deliver. This past weekend, we wanted to get out for a hike with friends from out of town and Brice Creek was just the ticket. The hiking trail runs along Brice Creek in a rocky canyon. You'll find old growth forest, lush undergrowth, … [Read More...]

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Sparks Lake: Deschutes County

Sparks Lake sits high in the Cascade Mountains at 5400' elevation. It is well known for its photographic opportunities, especially in the early morning when the South Sister, Broken Top, and Bachlor Butte reflect in the calm water. The views of the mountains from Sparks Lake are beautiful. We barely had our canoe in the water and I already had my camera out taking photographs and video.  I also … [Read More...]

Fawn Lake

Fawn Lake

I love hiking high in the Cascades amongst the lodgepole pine. The air smells so good, and the sun is hot and dry. The lakes seem bluer up there, complementing the brilliant blue sky. Ever since January, when I read about the Fawn Lake Trail while researching hiking options around Crescent Lake Resort, I've been looking for an opportunity to get up there and check it out. Last weekend it … [Read More...]

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Photo of the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge

Mosby Creek Covered Bridge

Built in 1920, the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge is the oldest in Lane County and nearly the oldest in Oregon. Despite its age, it is the only local covered bridge which is still in service. Every day, … [Read More...]