Make it a historic summer weekend in Astoria, Oregon

“Let’s escape the heat and head to the coast this weekend,” says everyone this summer as we enter another week of 90+ degree weather. And while I agree that the cool sea breezes feel wonderful, I don’t like to share the beach with the crowds and arcades. So a few weeks ago, I had theContinue reading “Make it a historic summer weekend in Astoria, Oregon”

Mountain Biking the Wilson River Trail

Flying around a corner, the lush coastal forest trees a blur in my peripheral vision, I locked onto the trail dipping below the horizon. I gripped the handle-bars; white-knuckles. I kicked the pedals into gear. I found my balance. I grinned wide, even with the threat of trapping bugs. And then I sailed away, downContinue reading “Mountain Biking the Wilson River Trail”

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!

A Heavenly Day at Angel’s Rest

Only a 30-minute drive from Portland, Angel’s Rest is likely one of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia Gorge – and for good reason. Featuring expansive views (270 degrees) from the top main of the Columbia River below, the trail is a quick 2.4 miles to a rocky summit. With sunshine and heatContinue reading “A Heavenly Day at Angel’s Rest”

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”

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?

Winter Views of Crater Lake

This weekend, I spent three days at Crater Lake. Graced with glorious weather, I enjoyed snowshoeing along the rim, sledding and going out for my first night photography sessions. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:   First time to Crater Lake? Go on the free, guided snowshoe tour at theContinue reading “Winter Views of Crater Lake”

A Fiery Fall on the Eagle Creek Trail

As cool weather settles into Oregon and fog hangs on the banks for the Columbia River Gorge, the Eagle Creek Trail illuminates in the fiery tones of fall. Following its colorful path – especially against the evergreen backdrop and contrasting grey sky – I savored and soaked in the mists of the new hiking season.Continue reading “A Fiery Fall on the Eagle Creek Trail”