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...]

Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area: Sumpter, Oregon

In the middle of the 19th century, all around our newly established state, people began discovering gold. The southern Oregon gold rush in Josephine County began in the 1850s, Bohemia Johnson discovered gold in the Bohemia mines in 1863, and the town of Canyon City in eastern Oregon swelled to a population of 10,000 (larger than Portland at the time) once gold was discovered there. Further east, in the town of Sumpter, gold was discovered in 1862. Mining for gold in Sumpter happened very … [Read more...]

Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site: John Day, Oregon

By today’s standards, John Day Oregon would be considered a small town and in the 1880s it was even smaller, with a population under 300 people. However just outside the city limits along the banks of Canyon Creek stood a bustling community of at least 1,000 Chinese immigrants, the largest Chinese community in eastern Oregon. The people living in this community were almost entirely male and were lured to the region for the same reasons that many of the white settlers were -- Gold! The rush … [Read more...]

Oregon Caves

Have you ever been to the Oregon Caves? I'm a native Oregonian, and I've lived in Oregon most of my life, yet I went to the Oregon Caves for the first time last month. Is that unusual? I don't know. But what I do know, now, is that the Oregon Caves are beautiful both inside and out. Officially called "Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve," the caves sit in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. It is a beautiful location with numerous trails heading off into the forest from the … [Read more...]

Grants Pass Get-Away

Earlier this summer, we stumbled across J. Scott Winery in downtown Eugene which sources many of their grapes from vineyards in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. We fell in love with the wines – especially the Albarino – and knew we wanted to explore the area in person, some day. When the opportunity for a long weekend recently opened up, we decided to head south to see what we could see. While there are many communities in southern Oregon, we picked Grants Pass as our base so we would … [Read more...]