My Adventure: Hot springs, fishing and Steens Mountain getaway

My Adventure: Hot springs, fishing and Steens Mountain getaway

Several years ago my wife and I did a hot springs tour of Central and Eastern Oregon, visiting seven different natural springs in five days. However, we missed the opportunity to visit Steens Mountain because the road was still closed in June due to snow.

This year I was able to go back to Steens Mountain with my son, Lucas, who was visiting from New York. While there still were patches of snow on top, the 52-mile loop gravel road was clear and accessible to passenger cars in...

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Staring into the depths of Thor's Well

Staring into the depths of Thor's Well

The Oregon Coast has a geological feature that seems co-authored in design — a shared effort between J.R.R. Tolkien and Marvel Comics.

This fantasy oracle of olde is a short drive south from Newport, maybe a half hour, a landmark just off the shore of Cape Perpetua.

My uncle told me about it last weekend during a family gathering. Thor’s Well (or the Spouting Horn if it please ye), he said, looks like a hole in the ocean when the tide’s high enough. Think of.....

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Hard Slog To Stuart Falls

Hard Slog To Stuart Falls

A few years back, the route up Red Blanket Creek to Stuart Falls was a scenic and relatively easy 9-mile round-trip day hike.

In 2014, the 790 fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area burned about 3,000 acres in a beautiful mosaic pattern near the southern boundary of the Crater Lake National Park. The old-growth forest canopy in the Red Blanket watershed is still largely intact, and the rejuvenating ecological effects of the fire are evident everywhere.

The Red Blanket Trail is in.....

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