Category Archives: Oregon Home

What on Earth?!

My dog died; last May, when the flowers surrounding the yard where he had played reached for the sky, a full twelve foot wall of vibrant blossoms; rhododendrons exploding in deep purples, soft pinks, pure white and brilliant magenta. Having … Continue reading

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Where on Earth?! Hood River

We had never been here before, and a brushy, steep slope made river access a challenge as we made our way down an old, overgrown logging track seeking trails to the water’s edge.  The river plunged through a deep canyon … Continue reading

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Where on Earth?! Columbia River

“Teeming” is an oft used term to describe the spectacles of numbers in nature.  “Countless” also comes to mind, and these terms speak well to air borne species when they appear in great abundance. Although insects harbor the most numbers, … Continue reading

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Where on Earth?! Eagle Cap Wilderness

Looming up ahead of the trail like a giant puff of cotton candy was a rounded pink boulder, a boulder that was an entire mountain of the pinkest hue imaginable for a solitary peak.  Last in line in a wall … Continue reading

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Where on Earth?! Charleston, Oregon

The whales are migrating! Come see the whales! Celebrate the whales!  Save the whales! Save the Whales, the earliest environmental battle for wildlife conservation that I can remember, resonated in the mid-sixties, giving rise to Green Peace and other campaigns … Continue reading

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What on Earth?! Shipwreck

While rounding up stragglers, the senior leader’s booming voice echoed and resonated against the sandstone bluffs that emerged like islands in the ether.  “We’ve stayed packed together this time, and we’ll continue the entire journey this way, no branching off … Continue reading

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Where on Earth?! Silver Creek

It was that balmy time of summer in a pensive time of my life shortly after my son was born when I got the  call.  “Whatduya say we head into the mountains to the south and seek out some placer … Continue reading

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