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OREGON v ARIZONA PT 1: STATE FACE OFF SERIES

Despite news fakery to the contrary, the sun does shine in Oregon. It’s an elusive beam natives flock to like mosquitoes to a zapper. Not the same in Arizona where people hide in shade half the year, and no mosquitoes. The trade off is a raincoat or sunscreen, the smart gear every Snowbird packs in […]

LIFE REBOOT IN OREGON STARTS WITH A COLD SHOWER

      Finding water for an Oregon life reboot cold shower is not problem. Fourth biggest river, rains half a year, and this stuff cascading down cliffs. If you need a life reboot, be chill.

OREGON HISTORY, EXCITING AND DEADLY FROM THE BEGINNING

Don’t mistake real Oregon History for polite/academic Oregon History The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. This is the sort of Oregon history you get from Wiki. It’s nice and […]

CHRIS COLEMAN, ASTORIA, A WORLD PREMIERE

  From Washington Irving to Peter Stark to Chris Coleman, Astoria never looked better.   History readers are a funny bunch. They range from professional historians to hobbyists to just people looking for something to engage them. Then there’s Chris Coleman, Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and Director of Astoria. What […]

ASTORIA BOOKS, ASTORIA DOCUMENTARY, ASTORIA PLAY

Call it Little Big Astoria?   No one doubts the importance of Astoria in Oregon history. Little Big Astoria looms in the imagination from early sea captains challenging the Columbia Bar, to Lewis and Clark showing up overland, to today. The fish packing, lumber mills, and ebb and flow of new people keep Astoria current. […]

THE EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY OF THE NW

One Rule: Everything Changes. No, this isn’t the only region with snow on the mountains and this isn’t the only mountain. The Cascade Range pops up like continental acne, fueled by ocean crust diving under the heavier land plates, melting, and voila, volcanos. Capturing the power of geological force is one thing, capturing elemental force […]

How To Oregon Beach

If you live in the valleys or plains, the first part of beach fun is getting there. All roads west end near the ocean, so set your compass. If you’re particular, or have a reservation, take a road that ends near your landing spot. Common sense works at the beach.

The Fishing Baby Boomer

or, Why Does The Columbia River Like My Wife Better Being a Portland baby boomer means you’re an outdoorsman. Being an outdoorsman in Oregon means you hunt and fish. You just can’t go to your backyard and stand around and call yourself an outdoorsman. That’s not how it works, so get your fishing pole.

BOOMERPDX RIVER TOUR

 SHIPS AHOY PLANTS A BIG WET ONE ON YOU Portland, a destination of natural beauty and grand vistas. You see it every time you fly in from anywhere else. But some things still get overlooked. While every great city has a river, if you live there long enough it disappears. Think of the Fremont Bridge as a modern freeway spanning the old freeway, except the old one’s not […]