July 30, 2012
Little stands between you and the east side of Mt. Hood when hiking along this ridge top trail, which offers views of the Cascades from Three Sisters to Mt. Rainier. In fact, the only thing obscuring your view along this trail are trees that occasionally give way to scattered rock outcroppings, which afford grand views of a broad spectrum of Cascade peaks.
|Ollalie Butte with Mt. Hood in the distance and Olallie and Monon lakes behind trees to the left|
July 21, 2012
July 18, 2012
One of the many reasons Oregonians love their state is because of the short distances between them and the many destinations heaped with outdoor recreational opportunities. And while many Portlanders travel to recreational havens along Oregon’s coast and in Central Oregon, an area even closer to Oregon’s big city awaits those seeking a vast array of outdoor recreation opportunities. You could call it the place Portland forgot, but it is also an area many Oregonians have yet to discover.
July 15, 2012
|Thick clouds whip through the forest canopy|
July 13, 2012
Trailblazer fans are once again infatuated with the team's most recent draft picks. Meanwhile, the front office is spending the offseason trying to piece together the rest of another ragtag team to surround Lamarcus Aldridge.
Do you ever get the feeling that all the front office wants to put together is a competitive enough team to fill the seats of the Rose Garden?
July 11, 2012
Pressing the remote buttons like a braniac does that hand held stick on Jeopardy, I quickly changed the television channel from coitus to a comedy. It was one of those rare times when my daughter, then 13, actually sat down to watch TV with me. “Dad,” she said, “I’ve already seen that movie at my friend’s house.”
What the heck!
What the heck!
July 10, 2012
July 9, 2012
"I may end up living down by the river in a van, but, she WILL STILL DANCE AND SING!" That is my newest maxim regarding my teenage daughter's commitment to the arts.
July 8, 2012
My bride of 25 years told me about an article she read in one of her "woman's magazines" about losing weight and living healthier. What the "diet" requires is simply drinking specific kinds of tea each day, which supposedly prompts weight loss and antioxidation. I decided to give it a try.
July 7, 2012
|Lucky Lake with South Sister and Broken Top in background|
July 6, 2012
|Oregon's Waldo Lake from the South shoreline|
I should have known before I left the house at the end of June my vacation was probably doomed. Making my final preparations to head out into the wilds of the Oregon Cascades, I locked my office door (a studio office located in my backyard) from the inside without knowing where the key was hiding. I searched high and low for that key inside my house, but it was nowhere to be found. Figuring it was locked in my desk drawer inside the office, I loaded my backpack and suit and a few other items and headed down the road. I knew a locksmith would have to visit my office before I would get in again.