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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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Mar 24, 2017

Latest “Breakfast Bulletin”: Hiking in the Gorge,
Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal

Every few weeks I send out a newsletter that I call the Breakfast Bulletin, a nod to my former days as the Portland Breakfast Guy. The last issue was mostly about my English soccer project, and this one touches on that, as well. But mainly, this one is all about hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. It […]

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Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal
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View of the Columbia from the Catherine Creek upper meadows.
Mar 23, 2017

Spring Wildflower Hike in the Gorge:
Catherine Creek, March 23, 2017

I went on my first hike of 2017 today, and it was a classic: Catherine Creek, definitely one of the best hikes for seeing wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge. It was also the first hike for the revision of my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, which will come out in Spring 2018. The […]

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Catherine Creek, March 23, 2017
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Mar 23, 2017

Best Wildflower Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge

Each year, a magical thing happens for Portland-area hikers: while we are still soaked with rain, the eastern Columbia River Gorge is bathed in sunshine, and awash in wildflowers. April and May are the prime flower seasons, but what are the best wildflower hikes in the Gorge? Well, here is one list, from your humble […]

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Mar 22, 2017

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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Gokyo Lakes from Kogyo Ri (source: Wang Lama Humla on Wikimedia
Jan 24, 2017

October 2017: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

Hike to the Roof of the World! In October 2017 I will be leading a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal — literally the roof of the world. The trip is with Portland-based Embark Adventures, and we will be taking a slightly less-traveled route known as the Gokyo Lakes. I could not be more […]

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Dec 18, 2016

Taxi Story: Air Hockey Dude

I picked up a dude at a local tavern. I can almost guarantee if I named it, especially if I said where it was, you’d know it. I can also guarantee you’ve never been in. Perhaps wondered. Well, I can tell you. It’s a local tavern, which is to say it’s just like every other […]

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The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.
Dec 08, 2016

Why I’m Not Writing Any More About the Salmonberry River — For Now

Many years ago I was told, by a steelhead fisherman, about a paradise in the Oregon Coast Range that nobody knew about. He said it was a deep, forested canyon with a clear and beautiful river running through it — and the only access was by walking down railroad tracks. There were deep pools, lovely rapids, […]

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Aug 04, 2016

Great Mount Hood Hike: Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge

What makes a great hike? I would say ease of access, scenery, variety, options, and something cool nearby to do afterwards. That’s why I think the Paradise Park loop from Timberline Lodge is one of the best hikes on Mount Hood. Just the starting point is worth visiting: Timberline Lodge was built in the 1930s […]

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Outside the Holte End at Villa Park.
Jan 13, 2016

Touring Villa Park

I’ve been to games at 30 English soccer stadiums and toured about a dozen of them, and I think my favorite is Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club. That’s even more true now that I’ve toured it. It’s big, it’s old, and it’s classy. I like their colors. I like their tour guides. […]

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Jan 11, 2016

Stadium Tour at Birmingham City FC

I love touring English soccer stadiums – as much to meet the tour guides as to see the actual stadiums. This is particularly true at, shall we say, second-tier clubs like Birmingham City. There is just no denying that, of the four big clubs around Birmingham (City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, and Wolverhampton) the […]

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