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Siuslaw Pioneer Museum: Florence

Old Town in Florence is usually abuzz with tourists enjoying the shops, restaurants, and views of the Siuslaw River along Bay Street. For me, part of the charm of Old Town is the sense of history that I get as I walk down the street or dine in one of the restaurants. Located in the heart of Old Town is the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. I've heard a lot of good things about this museum, so last month … [Read More...]

History Lost: The Alex Cooley House

You may have read in the newspapers last week that there was a fire in an abandoned house here in Cottage Grove. What the reports failed to mention is that the house was almost 150 years old and was built by an early settler to Cottage Grove, Alex Cooley, and his family. What burned was not just an abandoned house but a little part of Cottage Grove's early history. As luck would have it, I had … [Read More...]

Harris Bridge Vineyard

Tucked into a tiny valley, between the historic Harris Covered Bridge and a railroad track, just outside the town of Philomath is Harris Bridge Vineyard which specializes in dessert wines, sweet vermouth, and aperitifs. We've tasted at a lot of wineries throughout Oregon, especially in the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. So when I first read about Harris Bridge Vineyard in the Eugene Register … [Read More...]

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park

This year over 325,000 lights have been strung at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston as part of their 29th annual Holiday Lights. What began as simply stringing a "few strands of lights" in the formal garden has since become a community tradition. This year organizers expect to draw 40,000 to 50,000 visitors. Although I had heard about the Holiday Lights before, it wasn't until I talked with … [Read More...]

#OptOutside Cottage Grove

  Are you planning to "#OptOutside" this weekend? When most of us hear the term "Black Friday" we probably think of shopping at the mall and long lines to get great "bargains."  I have never been much of a shopper and if you have read this blog much, you know that I happen to love being outside. So it was great news to me -- though a shock to many in the corporate world -- when … [Read More...]

Little Free Libraries in South Lane County

For the past year and a half or so, I've been watching along the sidelines as Little Free Libraries began coming to south Lane County. I love to read and I love the feel of a real book in my hands (no e-reader here, yet). I also know the value of reading for all people, most especially children and teens, so this is obviously a project that would capture my attention. Little Free Libraries … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]