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Crescent Lake Resort

For a week we watched the weather forecast for the Cascades. Every day it was the same ... rain. We had plans to meet a friend at Crescent Lake Resort for lunch, chatting, and hopefully, a nice walk. I wasn't excited about the prospect of rain, but it did mean the roads would be clear. And, when it comes to lunch and chatting, we can easily cope with some rain. What we found was completely … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove Lake

Historical Photographs: Online Resources

Nothing tells a story like a picture can. I love looking through historic photographs of the Cottage Grove area, and I love to include them with my posts whenever I can. Over time, I've discovered three useful collections of photographs, and whenever I want to find a historical photograph these are the sites I turn to first. Each of the collections has its own type of photographs, so … [Read More...]


Pondering 2015

The other day, I wrote about the five most popular posts on this website for 2014 and it has me wondering ... are there other types of posts you would like to see? I started this blog with the goal of "exploring life and the outdoors in south Lane County" so there is obvious room to expand what it covers. While I am open to all sorts of feedback, here are a few of the ideas I've been … [Read More...]

Lower Parker Falls

Parker Creek Falls

Nothing cures a bout of cabin fever better than getting out for a good hike, especially after the holidays which always seem to involve too much eating and more sitting around than I typically like. When the opportunity came up recently for a post-holiday hike, I knew I wanted to get out and see some waterfalls which would be flowing full this time of year. There are a lot of waterfalls within … [Read More...]


Six Great Walks in Cottage Grove

Does your New Years Resolution include getting more exercise? If so, I have great news -- Cottage Grove is full of great places to get outside and enjoy a good stroll, jog, or bike ride. Over the years, I have written about several of those places here on the blog. Recently, I was getting together a list, and I thought I would share it with you.   6 Great Walks in Cottage … [Read More...]


2014 In Review

What do the movie Stand By Me, the old newspaper the Bohemia Nugget, the Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden in Reedsport, Upper Trestle Creek Falls east of Cottage Grove, and old wigwam burners all have in common? They are the top five blog posts on this website for 2014! As the end of the year comes to a close, it is fun for me to look at the blog posts that have gotten the most views over the year. … [Read More...]

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Upper Trestle Creek Falls

To celebrate of the first day of summer, last Saturday we loaded up our dogs and headed out for a hike. Our destination was Upper Trestle Creek Falls. Located along Brice Creek, the falls are about a … [Read More...]