Pick it up. Pack it out.

While walking at Row River Nature Park recently, we found a baby Canada Goose that had become tangled in fishing line. Its parents swam nearby as we freed it, but I'm not optimistic about its survival. It did swim off and join its family, but the encounter left it tired and perhaps injured. It wasn't swimming as fast or as well as it should have been. We walk our dogs every week, usually along some waterway in the Cottage Grove area, and every time I see fishing line, I stop to pick it … [Read more...]

Bloom Time

Spring is here! Everywhere I go, I see mounds of brilliant yellow daffodils and smell the sweet fragrance of Daphne. After such a drab, gray winter, I am ready for some color. Luckily, we have a number of local parks and gardens where I can easily see flowers in bloom throughout the growing season. If you also enjoy flowers and gardens, here are nine near-by locations to explore. If you plan well, blooms from these gardens and parks should take you through spring and well into summer. All of … [Read more...]

Willamette Fish Hatchery: Oakridge

The Willamette Fish Hatchery sits just outside of Oakridge.  I can't tell you how many times I've driven down Highway 58 without noticing the road sign pointing toward the hatchery. Luckily, at some point it captured my attention, and the hatchery ended up on my "things to see" list. When we stopped by the hatchery last fall, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I knew there would be ponds full of fish, I suspected we'd have the opportunity to feed some, but I didn't know we would be … [Read more...]

Cabin Fever

Like most people in south Lane County this weekend, we have been lying pretty low. I read a book by fire light yesterday afternoon while our power was out (luckily it came on just in time for dinner). Staying off the roads and enjoying the warmth of the fire was fun for a while, but this afternoon we had to shake off the cabin fever. So, we headed down to the Row River Nature Park with our dogs for a quick walk. It was drizzly and the pathway slick under the crunchy snow. I like being out … [Read more...]

Bohemia Mountain Trail

  On top of the world.... ....that is what it feels like standing at 5,994' elevation with views from Mt. Hood to Mt. Shasta, in other words, on the top of Bohemia Mountain. You have to work a little to get there, but it is totally worth it. I enjoy the drive up Bohemia Mountain, and every other year or so, we set aside a day and head up there. Luckily, there are several hiking options available, either on along the way or on the top. Two years ago we hiked up to Fairview Peak … [Read more...]