Riding “The Wave” at Valley of Fire State Park

The desert can be a deadly and desolate place. However, in the heat and extreme landscape comes surprising beauty. In Nevada’s first state park, the Valley of Fire, rugged formations of bright red Aztec sandstone jut out of the earth; some with rough edges from thousands of years of erosion from the power of theContinue reading “Riding “The Wave” at Valley of Fire State Park”

How to Make the Most of your Summer

With Memorial Day finally here, summer officially kicks in. And I don’t know about you, but I always find that the summers go by way too fast – especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Each year I have grand intentions of going camping every weekend, trying new sports, getting out of town, and just relaxingContinue reading “How to Make the Most of your Summer”

Painted Hills of Oregon

One of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon near the John Day Fossil beds are ablaze with fall colors year round. While its quiet a drive to this scenic wayside from Portland, I can’t recommend it enough. Put on your Indian Jones hat and make a wild west day of it!

Sandstorm in Canyonlands National Park

“I hope my tent is still at my campground,” I thought as I looked down on the cavernous desert floor of Canyonlands National Park last month as a windstorm blew in and shrouded the lower moonscape canyons in sand like a hoovering blizzard. My gear may have been scattered, but at least it made forContinue reading “Sandstorm in Canyonlands National Park”

7 Essentials for Happy Spring Hiking

When the snows start to melt and the mercury rises, I get that excited, jittery feeling – and it’s not just from the added vitamin D. Spring represents new beginnings, new buds and blooms, and the best part… the start of hiking season! So start planning with these seven essentials for happy Spring trails. 1.Continue reading “7 Essentials for Happy Spring Hiking”

3 Olympic Winter Retreats

Not able to make it to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics? Well there are still ways to join the celebration! This winter head to these three Olympic destinations to relive their glory – and of course, enjoy the snow. You never know what past athletes you might just bump into on the chairlift. 1.Continue reading “3 Olympic Winter Retreats”

20 Things to Do in the Winter in Oregon & around the Northwest

When winter hits it’s easy to just wrap yourself in that cozy afghan that you grandma crocheted, to turn on a movie and tune out to the wild weather outside. I have to admit that I fall into this trap more often than I like to admit, but I always regret a day wasted inside.Continue reading “20 Things to Do in the Winter in Oregon & around the Northwest”

Clif Moments

Love adventures and the outdoors? Then let’s do something together to protect the places we play! CLIF Bar has teamed up with several vital environmental non-profit partners to protect our mountains, oceans, lakes, trails, backcountry and other wildlands. And as an outdoor enthusiast this is a cause I’m happy to support! Celebrate, share and inspireContinue reading “Clif Moments”

Packing for Long-term Trekking and Travel

From first aid kits to wick-and-wear clothing, packing for the climb to Everest Base Camp feels almost more daunting than the mountain.  I prefer to pack as light as possible, but for such a big climb I also don’t want to forget anything. Luckily the guide company I will be traveling with in April sentContinue reading “Packing for Long-term Trekking and Travel”

Never Too Much Snow at Timberline

Oregon’s Cascade Mountains received tons of snow this past week. Don’t miss the opportunity to hit the slopes at some of the area’s best ski resorts, like Timberline. Have you ever skied or snowboarded in Oregon? What’s your favorite mountain?