Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Find a Local Winter Hike Destination

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Champoeg State Park MuseumAre you dying to get outside this winter? Then, go! A local Oregon newspaper recommended one of its state parks recently, dubbing it a perfect spot for a “gorgeous winter hike.” I only mention this particular park because it’s close to home, and I can confirm it as a great location from being there first-hand. Plus, it has a funny name: Champoeg (for those of you who don’t speak Oregon, it’s pronounced “sham-POO-ee”).

The article’s author, John Carr, writes: “For a winter hiker, the Champoeg area has a little of everything to brighten your day: pioneer history, beautiful views along the Willamette River, migratory wildfowl and some good exercise…”

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Desert Camping, Perfect for Fall and Winter

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I came across an interesting recommendation the other day: camping in the desert during the fall and winter seasons. At first, it took me a moment to adjust my mental models of camping and fall/winter. You see, living in the Pacific Northwest, I tend to equate fall and winter to wet and cold (mostly wet). I suppose it never occurred to me that in other parts of the country (or even my home state!) winter and fall don’t necessarily look like that.

The author of the article I read listed several parks he recommended for camping this fall and winter season: (more…)

Camping in Autumn

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I spent the weekend camping in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  It was cold, it was wet, and it was wonderful.

Being in nature energizes me, as I’m sure it does others, yet for many people the fall season can be a deterrent.  Even though I was bombarded by the Pacific Northwest’s normative weather (rain!), I was able to enjoy my time in the valley because I went prepared with the right essentials.  If you’re prepared, fall camping can be just as enjoyable as camping in the summer. (more…)