The Benefits of Being Lost

The Benefits of Being Lost

While on my way to Table Rock Wilderness Sunday, I took a wrong turn. Instead of continuing straight on the somewhat paved mountain road, I turned right, onto a gravel road which quickly deteriorated to a mud road. Immediately, I felt I was in unknown territory, but I doubted my… Read More

On the Molalla

On the Molalla

Fluted basalt columns wound into a nautilus turquoise water  moss covered trees rain-licked ferns  slick-capped mushrooms feeding on rich black soil the scent of origin and rot -Naseem Rakha, 2/4/16

Climbing Mt. Hood

Climbing Mt. Hood

In March, I decided to do something I have never done before—climb a mountain. At first I thought I would try Mt. Kilimanjaro. I know a fellow in town that organizes trips up the snow-capped African peak. But having never climbed anything higher than 8,000 feet, I did not know… Read More

Daring Adventure or Nothing

Daring Adventure or Nothing

Oregon’s first winter storm was predicted to hit yesterday, and I swear you’d think the sky was falling. Portland metro newscasters pulled out all their doomsday-ware: “Up to the minute Doppler Radar,” webcams of soon-to-be-snow covered streets, lists of school closures and delays, and a scroll of Tweets about the… Read More