Oregon Garden

Springtime is an excellent opportunity to chase flowers.  I don't usually deliberately seek out beautiful flora, as it frequently finds me.  But sometimes, it's worth making a special trip. (more…)

Opal Creek

We get to explore a lot of lesser-known locations with our Meetup group, some two hours away, some requiring four-wheel drive.  This gets us off of the populated trails, away from what everyone else with their cell phones are shooting, and into some really beautiful nooks (all the better to…

Hiking Season

I used to hate hiking.  Perhaps it was too grueling for someone out of shape.  Perhaps I didn't like always being left behind because I walked slowly.  Perhaps it was because a "hike" meant an arduous vertical ascent for two thousand feet, collapsing at the top with water that tastes…

Coastal Storms

Living so close to the ocean means we can reasonably traverse the 1.5 hours of highway on any given weekend.  Most folks prefer summertime trips with the warmth and the sunshine, the swimming and sandcastles.  I enjoy these visits as well, but I prefer to balance it out with a trip or…

Photo of the Week: Simplicity

Sometimes, some of my favorite photos are of the most simple things.  It's refreshing to stare at nature's patterns, free from the overwhelming complexity of intricately framed scenes. We went to the beach last weekend, and amidst the endless storms crashing into the shoreline, we were given a rare treat:…