Willamette Valley Cheese Company: Salem

I love driving Oregon's back roads. You never know what you are going to find among the tractors, corn fields, and filbert orchards. Yesterday, it was Willamette Valley Cheese Co. We were somewhere west of Salem on our way to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. The directions we had started out with turn out to be unreliable, so we were letting Google Maps guide us. I was enjoying our drive through the country with a golden fall sun lighting our way, when we turned a … [Read more...]

Easy Rider

Earlier this summer, we pulled our bikes out of a back corner of our garage, dusted them off, and hauled them down to Rainy Peak Bike Shop for maintenance. With the sun shining beautifully last weekend, we packed a couple PB&J sandwiches and hit the Row River Trail. My goal for this trip was a slow and easy ride to get my body used to being on a bike again. As I enjoyed my PB&J, sitting on my favorite bench and watching bald eagles fish along the lake, I was reminded of two things: … [Read more...]

Signs, signs, everywhere

It's been fun this spring and summer to see all the new signs that have been appearing around Cottage Grove. As someone who loves to be outdoors, and loves learning about history and nature, I've enjoyed discovering these signs as we've been out and about.   I blogged last fall about the History Here posters that are scattered around Eugene. I love those posters and the way they connect people with the history of everyday folks -- just like them -- who happened to live and work in … [Read more...]

Just. Let. Go.

Typically, I like to keep both of my feet firmly on the ground. Yet, earlier this spring when a friend asked if I wanted to join her ziplining I didn't hesitate to say yes. There is something about flying through the trees that seems so appealing, how could I say No? Our adventure started on a cold June morning at Crater Lake Zipline outside of Klamath Falls. When we made our reservations, I had envisioned flying through the air on a hot sunny day, but in reality I was wrapped up in my … [Read more...]

Waterfalls!

Western Oregon has experienced a lot of rain this past winter and spring -- so much, that we've set a record for the number of "rain days" since October 1. Couple that with a good snow pack, and the rivers and creeks are running full right now. You know what that means? It is the perfect time to see waterfalls!   Last weekend, when we started planning a hike, I knew one thing -- it needed to include waterfalls. For this hike, we picked Upper Trestle Creek Falls, as I've never … [Read more...]