Category Archives: travel

Wednesday photo of the week: family time in Utah

For the holidays, my family and I drove to Houston, TX and back. On our way back we stopped at Arches National Park in Utah for a few hours as a necessary road trip put stop. What a beautiful landscape. … Continue reading

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BOOK: Wild in the Willamette

In 2011, Oregon State University Press published the fantastic guide Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (which I reviewed here). Now, they have just published a guide for the region … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: salmon in that there creek!

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Wednesday photo of the week: warrior cat at the Seattle Zoo

Last week we visited the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. There they have a fantastic nature play area, which brought out the Warrior Cat in my 9-year-old:

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A family weekend on the Oregon coast in Astoria

My family and I spent last weekend in Astoria, OR. My wife and I had passed through this coastal Oregon city over a decade ago on a trip down the coast, before any kid was in the picture. Then, it … Continue reading

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BOOK: Rails-Trails: Washington & Oregon

Rail-Trails: Washington & Oregon (Birmingham, AL: Wilderness Press, 2015), 168 pp. Publisher’s description This region boasts some of the most rural and unique rail-trails in America, such as the 253-mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail with its remote canyons, mountain vistas, … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: my little raptors

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Getting to know Pacific Northwest nature: a tour with Portland’s Volcano Lands

I’ve been a reader of biologist Ivan Phillipsen’s blog Wild Pacific Northwest ever since I first came across it. He exudes a love and passion for the nature that surrounds us, and the site contains a wealth of information on … Continue reading

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Kids playing without screens, or, Why would you bring video games to a park?

When we were in California in October, we met up at a park in the city of Woodland with my wife’s sister and family. It was a nice, large park with several playgrounds, decent expanses of grass to play in, … Continue reading

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It’s been fairly quiet here at Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas over the last few months. Given our new addition (Afton is three months old today!), a road trip to California in October, and my working a new job (as well … Continue reading

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