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Currin’s Bridge

With the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival happening in Cottage Grove this weekend, I thought it would be fun to explore the history of one of our local bridges, though admittedly, I don't know if it was ever covered. At the turn of the previous century, the Bohemia Mining District was booming and a railroad was need to take supplies up to the mines as well as bring gold and silver out. In … [Read More...]


South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Charleston

I have been eying the South Slough Estuary in Charleston, Oregon for quite some time now. It always looks like a great place to take a nice walk, do some birding, or maybe launch our canoe and enjoy a quiet paddle. However, since Charleston is a two hour drive from Cottage Grove, I figured it might always be on my “maybe” list. Two hours often feels like too far away for a day trip but not far … [Read More...]

frog hunting

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 disappeared, while the wading birds are more noticeable. The other morning I loaded up my camera and went down to the ponds to see what I could see. Turns out, I saw a lot of frog eating! This bird, … [Read More...]

Our tuna being weighted and filleted.


Some times we get a wild idea and last week it involved the desire to buy fresh tuna at the coast. We had heard that tuna runs were good this year keeping tuna prices reasonable, so we did a little online research (notably at the Oregon Albacore Commission) and called places in Winchester Bay to see if tuna was available. It was not on the day we were going to be there. I have never seen tuna for … [Read More...]

Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls

When my friend and I started planning our camping trip up the North Umpqua River earlier this month, I knew one thing – I wanted to see Toketee Falls. I’ve been captivated by this waterfall since the first time I saw a photograph of it. However, as we were walking in on the .4 mile trail, up and down a series of stairways, I worried that I would be disappointed – could the waterfall live up … [Read More...]

Hikes and Walks

Culp Creek Trailhead

Row River Trail: Endings

Last week, I posted about the Row River Trail, its beginnings, and my intent to explore and feature the trail over the next several months. It makes sense then -- to me -- to explore the end of the … [Read More...]