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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site: John Day, Oregon

By today’s standards, John Day Oregon would be considered a small town and in the 1880s it was even smaller, with a population under 300 people. However just outside the city limits along the banks of Canyon Creek stood a bustling community of at least 1,000 Chinese immigrants, the largest Chinese community in eastern Oregon. The people living in this community were almost entirely male and were … [Read More...]

Captivating Darlingtonia

Plants that eat bugs. Just the thought of them and I am instantly transported back to third grade, when our teacher brought several carnivorous plants into our classroom. I’m not sure I ever saw one eat a bug because, of course, the third grade boys liked to poke the plants to make them close. Regardless, as a nine-year-old I was captivated. While I may have been captivated, it took about 40 … [Read More...]

Agrarian Ales

When you compare the number of breweries that I've written about on this blog (0) with the number of wineries (about 17) and distilleries (4) it should be pretty obvious that I'm not really a beer drinker. I enjoy a nice beer on occasion but rarely do I seek it out. That changed yesterday when we explored Agrarian Ales with some friends. The best way I can describe Agrarian Ales is that it is a … [Read More...]

Yesterday’s Adventure: Book Review

I admit, I am addicted to books. While computers and the internet are definitely good friends, my true love is a good book. So, it is no surprise that the other day, when I realized I was going to have some free time on my hands, I stopped by the library for a book. In just a few minutes, I emerged cradling a short stack. One of those books was "Yesterday's Adventure: A Photographic History of … [Read More...]

Snag Boat Bend: Finley National Wildlife Refuge

We were welcomed to Snag Boat Bend with the sound of bird song. From the time we opened our car doors, until we closed them again to leave, bird song was our constant companion. Part of the Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Snag Boat Bend is operated with the same conservation goals, to protect the winter habitat of the dusky Canada goose. When we visited a couple of weeks ago (in late March), … [Read More...]

Ahoy Matey! Tall Ships in Coos Bay

The sound of cannon fire ricocheted off the building behind us while the smell of gun powder drifted across the bay. The two ships, each at full mast, maneuvered through the water, one taking a tight turn and firing again. Once the boom subsided, I could hear the crew shouting orders and the mateys yelling taunts. This was my introduction to the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Each … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove

Swordfern Trail

I have a hard time believing that we’ve lived in Cottage Grove for almost 15 years and we just discovered Swordfern Trail. Located in the Umpqua National Forest, it is a gem of a trail that we will be … [Read More...]