Steens Mountain Loop – The Highest Road In Oregon

When asked to ponder the highest points in Oregon, which place come to mind? Most certainly Mount Hood, as it is the highest and best-known.  How about the highest-reaching road in Oregon?  Easy, the road to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, right?  Guess again.  At 6,000 feet, Timberline Lodge is a well-known and premier high-elevation […]... Read More

Vale – The Crossroads Of Art And History

About 15 miles west of Ontario, Oregon sits the quiet, unassuming town of Vale.  With a population of 1,874 residents, Vale serves as the county seat of Malheur County and is one of a small handful of cities and towns in Oregon that sit in the Mountain Time Zone.   Vale’s origins date back to […]... Read More

Boom, Bust, And Ghost Towns In Oregon’s Mining Country

There’s gold in them there hills!  In 1861, gold was discovered in Griffin Gulch near Baker City, Oregon.  As with any gold discovery, the rush was on and thousands of people raced to the area to stake their claim for potential riches.  Towns popped up to provide goods and services to the ever-growing population of […]... Read More

Geologic Wonders Of Succor Creek Canyon & Leslie Gulch – Part 2

As you may recall, Part 1 of this adventure focused on the exploration of Succor Creek Canyon.  Feel free to go back and review Part 1.  Part 2 will focus on Leslie Gulch.  Let’s keep exploring! After driving 10 miles south of the Succor Creek State Natural Area campground, we arrived at the turn-off for […]... Read More

Geologic Wonders Of Succor Creek Canyon & Leslie Gulch – Part 1

If rock hounding, exploring geologic formations, and viewing wildlife all sound appealing, Oregon has the perfect place for it.  Located between Adrian and Jordan Valley, Oregon, the Succor Creek State Recreation Area features spectacular scenery and an abundance of the thunderegg.  Designated the Oregon state rock on March 30, 1965, the thunderegg is prevalent in several areas of […]... Read More

Big Adventures And Bigger Smiles On Mount Hood

Mount Hood is a year-round outdoor-enthusiast playground.  In winter, Mount Hood Meadows, Timberline Lodge, Summit, and Ski Bowl provide an abundance of vertical feet to ski or snowboard.  In addition, several areas are available for tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.  With summer time rapidly approaching, the scope of activities is shifting, but still plentiful. Among the abundant summer […]... Read More

Want To Test Your Comfort Zone? Be A Nomad

RV camping is nice.  You find a nice spot at a campground and set up a base camp, from which you may venture out to explore further, but always return.  There is nothing wrong with this method.  I have done it several times and have a multitude of wonderful memories from each trip.  However, if you […]... Read More

Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales Come To Life

Do you recall fairy tales such as Hansel & Gretel and Alice In Wonderland?  How about nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe?  Imagine if your children could experience these stories in real life and full size.  You’re in luck! Located about 10 miles south of Salem, Enchanted Forest is […]... Read More

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, folks in parts of Oregon will get the extraordinary opportunity to experience a total solar eclipse.  Depending on your location, the period of totality in Oregon will occur approximately between 10:15 am and 10:30 am Pacific Time. It will last between 2 minutes at the Oregon coast to about 2 minutes 10 seconds at the […]... Read More

Give Me A Home…Where The Antelope Roam…

Pronghorn, commonly referred to as antelope, are the fastest land animal in North America.  They are capable of reaching 55 miles per hour and can sustain that speed for a 1/2 mile.  They can sustain 35 miles per hour over a distance of 4 miles.  While not as fast as the cheetah, pronghorn can sustain their […]... Read More