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Elephants and Sealions

I didn’t invite the elephant, but he came anyway. We got up early and worked as much as we had energy for. Since Wednesday we’ve been unpacking, sorting, shopping, and organizing in an attempt to make her dorm room like more like home because, well, it’s going to be for this next year and all […]

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I wonder if “gorge” and “gorgeous” are related*. They ought to be. One certainly is the other – especially here, along the Oregon/Washington border, the land of waterfalls, salmon, hiking trails, and rugged beauty as far as the eye can see. So we’re here in one of my favorite states and my girl can’t move […]

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Bridges and Giants: A half-day in Portland

Growing up somewhere doesn’t mean you know it well. Actually, I’ve met adults who’ve lived in a place their entire lives and still don’t know much about it. I suppose some people just don’t care. Me, I was a kid in Portland. I grew up there, going where my parents took me. I could care […]

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The Rogue River Gorge

From Crater Lake, take Hwy 62 towards Prospect to discover this beautiful gorge and hike the trails along it.  Between Crater Lake and the Rogue River Gorge lies this gorge where the sides are eroding into spires similar to the “Fossil Fumaroles” of the nearby Pinnacles Overlook.  There’s no sign to give it a name […]

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Crater Lake National Park

 The Pumice Desert:  When Mt. Mazama erupted ~7,700 years ago, it send red-hot, glowing avalanches of pumice and other volcanic rock down the slopes to flood the valley below.  Now, these Pumice Deserts have pumice deposits as deep as 100 feet.  Although there is water under the suface, there isn’t enough soil to allow plants […]

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