Finley Never Disappoints

  One winter, many years ago, I was up on the OSU campus in Corvallis. I'd just gotten into my car and was starting to head home when a humongous flock of Canada geese flew over head. In awe, I pulled my car over, rolled down my windows and watched. I had never seen so many geese before, and I couldn't understand how everyone around me was going about their business as if nothing extraordinary was happening. Fast forward roughly 15 years and I still find the huge flocks amazing. I've … [Read more...]

Susan Creek Falls: Hwy 138

Heading east from Roseburg, waterfalls dot Highway 138 and the North Umpqua River. Personally, I think the road from Glide to Diamond Lake should be called the "waterfall highway." As an extra bonus, the hikes into many of these waterfalls are relatively short and the trailheads are easy to get to. A couple weeks ago, on perhaps our last sunny weekend of autumn, I knew I wanted to get out, enjoy the sunshine, and experience some of the great fall color we were having. I also knew there … [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...]

Eel Lake: Winchester Bay

I know that many people go to the coast specifically to walk the beach -- and I love the beach too -- but I also like walking through the coastal forests with its salal and rhododendrons filling in the understory. While at the coast a couple weeks ago, we stopped by Eel Lake to explore. Eel Lake is a good-sized, fresh water lake, surrounded by forest.  Located a few miles south of Winchester Bay on Highway 101, the lake is accessed through William M. Tugman State Park. We found a wide, … [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...]