A year in the national parks

A year in the national parks

Before Maureen Welcker committed her family to a yearlong road trip to visit America’s national parks, she decided to do a trial run.

The Boise, Idaho, family used an annual trip to Iowa to hit five national parks, including Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. That left the Welckers a 33-hour drive home spread over three days.

At Padre Island, they watched the release of baby sea turtles on the beach.

“That driving was terrible,” the...

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Suncreen and snow

Suncreen and snow

Morning had broken when Steve and I slipped out of our sleeping bags, gobbled bowls of granola, took down the tent and repacked gear for the day's 13-mile backpacking hike from Lower Twin Lake to Summit Lake.

But the sky south and west look ominous, with dark clouds boiling black and heading our direction. Lightning followed, illuminating the horizon with flashes of frighteningly jagged bolts. We counted the shortening seconds between the flashes and screaming, rolling peals of...

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Anglers push for renewing Holy Water fishery by stocking larger trout

Anglers push for renewing Holy Water fishery by stocking larger trout

TRAIL — Peter Ware looks back longingly to the late 1980s for the kind of fishing days that earned this short stretch of the Rogue River below Lost Creek dam the name "Holy Water."

"You could come up here and not know what you were doing and still get double-digit fish," says Ware, 72, of Talent. "If you knew what you were doing, 50 hook-ups wasn't unheard of. It was unbelievable."

But this eighth-tenths-of-a-mile stretch of pure trout water has been anything but...

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Fishing Report: Friday, Aug. 28

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: Decent conditions will welcome anglers on the South Coast this week as they go after a mixed bag of bottomfish and halibut. Today's forecast calls for 10-knot winds and four-foot wind waves, followed Saturday and Sunday by five-knot winds and five-foot swells.

Rockfish anglers must stay inside the 20-fathom line while fishing for rockfish at least through September, and possibly for the rest of the season. It does not...

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Untamed water

Untamed water

PROSPECT — In the minds of most kayakers and rafters, the Rogue River begins at Lost Creek Lake.

Southern Oregon’s iconic river is impounded not far from its birthplace and transformed into a 10-mile reservoir that allows close regulation of the river’s lower 157 miles, including its world-famous "wild section" between Grants Pass and Gold Beach.

Built in 1977, the reservoir decreases flooding, cools water for salmon and steelhead, and provides predictable...

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Get Out: Friday, Aug. 26

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Boulder Creek: Chetco Dreams

Saturday-Wednesday, Aug. 27-31: Camp four nights at a dreamy spot on the Chetco River and work side by side with Siskiyou Mountain Club interns to finish restoring Upper Chetco Trail 1102 from Boulder Creek to Cedar Camp. A van will leave Ashland at 6 a.m. Aug. 27, with rendezvous options in Medford,.....

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Vultures work no harder than necessary

Vultures work no harder than necessary

A large bird soars in the distance off toward the horizon. It’s too far to see clearly. You might wonder if it’s a red-tailed hawk, a turkey vulture or even a golden eagle. Keep watching. Is it rock steady on the wing or does it rock and roll, tipping a bit back and forth as the unstable air disturbs its flight? If it wobbles, it is undoubtedly a turkey vulture.

A vulture doesn’t hold its wings perfectly flat. Rather the wings are raised a bit above the body...

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Bowhunters hit woods with extreme fire danger, private land closures

Deer-hunting season opens Saturday for bowhunters, and tinder-dry forests have triggered extreme fire-season conditions in Southern Oregon's public forests as well as closures on large swaths of industrial forests.

While Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands remain accessible to hunters, extreme fire-danger restrictions mean no driving off improved roads and no smoking outside of vehicles, as well as the standard no open fires of any kind.

Many of the larger...

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Smallmouth bass muscle in on steelhead territory

Smallmouth bass muscle in on steelhead territory

Is the queen of Oregon rivers shedding gems from her crown? Or just trading diamonds for rhinestones?

The largemouth bass John Vahey of Oregon City landed Aug. 1 in the Deschutes River, 12 miles above its mouth at the Columbia River, ultimately didn't concern him that much; nor did the fact it struck in stout current he'd been told to cast into for steelhead.

He did, however, take a photo because, as he correctly pointed out, "otherwise no one would believe me."

What...

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Thar she blows

Thar she blows

As soon as it got beyond the protection of the Ediz Hook breakwater, our tour boat bounced in the waves, driven across the Strait of Juan de Fuca by a stiff wind out of the northwest.

The captain pointed the bow of the Island Explorer 4 toward Constance Bank, in Canadian waters south of Victoria, as our whale-watching tour began.

My family and I were aboard the whale-watching boat based in Port Angeles. We would spend the afternoon in search of whales during what has become a...

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