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About Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.
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May 03, 2018

Memaloose Hills: A Semi-Secret Wildflower Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

There is this magical thing that happens in the Columbia River Gorge every spring. The hillsides green up, the skies clear, the temperatures rise, and wildflowers explode in beautiful abundance. For hikers, this means escaping the city and, in normal years, the rain. (This year, of course, it’s pretty much sunny everywhere.) And if you […]

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Apr 23, 2018

Recovery Share: “But What Will They Think?”

I was recently in a situation where I was uncomfortable and anxious but knew a way to deal with it. Two, actually — neither of which I was willing to try because I was worried about what people would think. Now, this might make more sense if these were big crazy solutions to big crazy […]

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Watching a soccer game at Burnley FC is a trip back in time.
Apr 23, 2018

My English Soccer Guidebook is Now for Sale

For a few years now, I’ve been working on a guidebook for Americans who love English soccer. The book, which I am calling The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England, is set to be published this summer. I am finishing up the writing right now, in fact. Meanwhile, I invite you to keep up with […]

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So many thoughts at once!
Apr 23, 2018

Thoughts About … Thoughts

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about thoughts. I realize that’s a recipe for spinning uselessly, but I also think it’s a worthwhile endeavor. After all, if thoughts about “reality” create our reality, and therefore our emotions, and all of it together creates our actions, which contribute to reality, and so the cycle continues … […]

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Jan 18, 2018

Recovery Share:
How Program Principles Saved My Day

The other day I spent several hours ruminating over a resentment story. I had been wronged, my day ruined, and in my head I kept repeating the same story: “Well, she said she would, but she didn’t, and now my day is screwed.” Not far from the surface was another reality, the one that really […]

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Still some big trees on the way up from 101.
Dec 16, 2017

Great Oregon Coast Hike: Cape Falcon and Neahkhanie Mountain

Here is a great hike on the Oregon Coast that should be good all year round — assuming you don’t mind a little mud. And if you can add a second car, the 9-mile hike to Cape Falcon and then over Neahkhanie Mountain includes many things that make hiking on the Oregon Coast terrific. All […]

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Mt. Manaslu in  Himalaya, Nepal
Nov 30, 2017

2018 Nepal Trek: Manaslu Circuit and the Tsum Valley

In the fall of 2018, I will be leading an amazing trek in Nepal, taking a rarely-visited loop around Manaslu, the 8th-highest peak in the world at nearly 27,000 feet. This three-week trip also includes a side trip into the Tsum Valley, a sacred pilgrimage area filled with traditional Buddhist culture, right up against the Tibetan […]

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Cotopaxi volcano eruption seen from Quito, Ecuador
Nov 30, 2017

Hiking and Climbing Adventure: Volcanoes of Ecuador

In August 2018 and January 2019, Embark Exploration Co. will offer a unique and exciting trip to go hiking, climbing, and cultural touring in the high country of Ecuador. “Volcanoes of Ecuador” is a two-week adventure in which we will hike remote trails, visit cultures that date back to pre-Spanish days, and most of all, summit […]

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Oct 11, 2017

Recovery Share: What’s the Right Lesson to Learn?

Sometimes the hardest thing in dealing with “setbacks” is knowing which lesson to learn. Life throws something at me, and in my head a whole committee gets together to decide what happened and what to do about it. But which voice is correct? Which, if any, should be banned? How should I start to wrap […]

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