Paulina Peak Hike

I like conquering peaks. The more vistas I’ve visited by foot the better I know the land around me. This gives me a sense of place, a deeper understanding of my home. That and I crave delicious hits of ecstasy inducing, opioid-receptor pushing endorphins! I’m only human after all, I like to feel good. In…

Lava River Cave

I’ve been on sort of a cave kick lately, I blame smokey 90 degree days. Two thirds of Oregon seems to be a blaze, as it usually is in late August. The newspaper has declared ‘Fire’ a season. I’ve found that smoke really messes up majestic vistas (and lung proficiency, go figure). I’ve taken to…

Hoffman Island Trail

After coffee one morning I told my family I was interested in going to explore a Kipuka down Hoffman Island Trail. My 6 year daughter set her iPad down. “Are we going to Hawaii?” She was obviously intrigued. “No, it’s only 10 miles away!” A half hour later we arrived at the trail head and…