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Brice Creek Falls before the swimmers arrive.

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 wanted to get out for a hike with friends from out of town and Brice Creek was just the ticket. The hiking trail runs along Brice Creek in a rocky canyon. You'll find old growth forest, lush undergrowth, … [Read More...]

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Sparks Lake: Deschutes County

Sparks Lake sits high in the Cascade Mountains at 5400' elevation. It is well known for its photographic opportunities, especially in the early morning when the South Sister, Broken Top, and Bachlor Butte reflect in the calm water. The views of the mountains from Sparks Lake are beautiful. We barely had our canoe in the water and I already had my camera out taking photographs and video.  I also … [Read More...]

Fawn Lake

Fawn Lake

I love hiking high in the Cascades amongst the lodgepole pine. The air smells so good, and the sun is hot and dry. The lakes seem bluer up there, complementing the brilliant blue sky. Ever since January, when I read about the Fawn Lake Trail while researching hiking options around Crescent Lake Resort, I've been looking for an opportunity to get up there and check it out. Last weekend it … [Read More...]

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J. Scott Cellars: Eugene

I love discovering neat places totally by accident. Like last weekend when we stumbled across J. Scott Cellars, part of Eugene's new "urban wine district." Saturday, late in the afternoon, we were up in Eugene taking care of some shopping and errands before heading over to some friends' house for dinner. Our last errand was a stop at Oregon Paddle Sports, which we found tucked into a maze of … [Read More...]

Charleston Oregon

A Whale of a Weekend

Last September, on a whim to buy tuna fresh on the dock, we found ourselves in Charleston, Oregon. It had been a long time since I had been in Charleston and I realized that it was a place that deserved more time and attention. So earlier this month we created a 4-day weekend and explored Charleston, the Coos Bay area, and down into Bandon. There is something special about the Oregon coast … [Read More...]

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Construction Along the Row River Trail

The Row River Trail will undergo some construction this summer in an effort to make two of the trail intersections with Row River Road safer. I recently had the chance to talk with Lydia McKinney, Senior Planner at Lane County, and got an update on the intended changes. First, a bit of history. You may have noticed when I write about the trail, I often warn people to be cautious about its … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove

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Backyard Birds

My backyard has been alive with birds lately. Every time I fill my seed feeders, they get swamped with finches and, sometimes, there are so many juncos feeding on the ground that at a quick glance the … [Read More...]