Rugged Emigrant Lake walls are great for rock climbing

Rugged Emigrant Lake walls are great for rock climbing

Emigrant Lake, located just east of Ashland, is much loved by local residents for its ideal summertime setting. But even though I was born and raised in the area, I never knew it was home to some of Southern Oregon's best rock climbing.
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A short drive away, Squaw Lakes is a hidden winter jewel

A short drive away, Squaw Lakes is a hidden winter jewel

One of the open secrets of the Applegate Valley is Squaw Lakes. They are remote, but still close enough that in summer, locals throng their waters to camp, swim and hike. In winter, however, the crowds are gone and they become a secret again.
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Castles in the sky

Castles in the sky

The granite spires sparkled in the sunlight, and the color of the rocks contrasted perfectly with the blue sky.
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Tree lovers' heaven

Tree lovers' heaven

If an inspiring hike among very big trees is what you're after, plus a date with the ocean, then the Damnation Creek Trail in Redwood National Park delivers.
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Snowshoes on the Mountain

Snowshoes on the Mountain

The State of Jefferson is a hiker's paradise, with several mountain ranges and numerous trails, and each turn of the season brings news twists to the landscape.
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Strange summit

Strange summit

One can spend a lifetime rambling through the Cascade and Klamath mountain ranges and never see another peak that looks anything like Josephine Mountain.
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Wonders of cycling the McKenzie River Trail

Wonders of cycling the McKenzie River Trail

Oregon's outdoor wonders boggle the mind: Crater Lake, Oregon Caves, Cascades, Columbia River, the Rogue River, the coast, the high desert and a staggering 49 wilderness areas. This amazing geography affords diverse adventures: backpacking, hunting, cycling, salmon and steelhead fishing, white-water kayaking, surfing, hiking and mountain biking. It is the reason I live in Oregon.
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A visit to the home of the 'storm warriors'

A visit to the home of the 'storm warriors'

Officially, they were called U.S. Coast Guard surfmen. But among themselves, they went by the more colorful name of "storm warriors." They were a special breed of servicemen who came to the aid of shipwrecks.
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The air up there

The air up there

There's a moment of truth when you go tandem paragliding for the first time. It's when your highly experienced expert pilot, close behind you, gets the foil filled with a strong updraft and yells that it's time to run with all your might off that steep slope just ahead.
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A spring hike to Hinkle Lake Botanical Area is well worth it

A spring hike to Hinkle Lake Botanical Area is well worth it

The Hinkle Lake Botanical Area is a special place for me. I've been going to this remote mountain basin near the Red Buttes Wilderness for a lot of years, and I'm more than a little reluctant to write about it in the newspaper for the world to know about.
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Going with the flow

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Dance of the grebes

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Scenic Stash

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