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Siltcoos Canoe Trail: Florence

I have been intrigued by the Siltcoos Canoe Trail ever since I first heard about it. There is something about canoeing all the way to the ocean that fascinates me -- I'm not exactly sure why -- and experiencing the Canoe Trail has been on my mind for a couple of years. Of course, I was delighted when I discovered that my surprise birthday outing this summer was a trip to the coast so we could … [Read More...]


Long-billed Dowitcher

Every spring my challenge with this blog is to not geek-out too much on the beautiful wildflowers. My year-round challenge is to not geek-out too much on the birds, especially during fall migration. This year has been especially hard as I have been tracking the types of birds I see throughout the year (my "big year" as it were). This is one bird that I wanted to share, though, because I had … [Read More...]

Thompson's Flour Mill

Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site: Shedd

The first time I saw a picture of Thompson’s Flouring Mill, I knew I wanted to see it in person. Later, when I learned that it is the oldest water-powered grist mill in the state and is open for tours, I knew I had to experience this historic site for myself. Located an hour north of Cottage Grove -- just outside of the town of Shedd -- the mill is easy to access. Earlier this summer, I am so glad … [Read More...]

Stillwagon Distilery

Stillwagon Distillery: Charleston

As luck would have it, two days before we left for Charleston Oregon in our quest for fresh tuna, I was in our local liquor store browsing the rum section. I am actually a wine drinker and I am still familiarizing myself with spirits and cocktails so my forays into a liquor store are usually accompanied by lots of browsing and looking as I am never sure what I need to buy, where it is, or what my … [Read More...]


Watson Falls

Dropping 293 feet, Watson Falls is the highest waterfall in Southwestern Oregon. We visited the waterfall at the end of our annual BFF camping weekend along the North Umpqua River this summer. Prior to our trip, I had seen some spectacular pictures of the near-by Toketee Falls, but I did not know much about Watson Falls and I was pleasantly surprised by what we found. Access to the waterfall … [Read More...]

Hikes and Walks

Fairview Peak Lookout

Fairview Peak Lookout

Last weekend, I had a strong urge to “get out of town," so we loaded up our dogs and headed east toward Bohemia Mountain. Our first stop was Fairview Peak Lookout, about an hour and a half drive from … [Read More...]