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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.
Oct 11, 2015

Planning a Trip to Watch Soccer in England? Here’s How

For even more about English soccer, check out the new site for my upcoming book: An American’s Guide to English Soccer Since I started writing about my adventures watching soccer in England, I have received many emails like this one: “I will be in England the weekend of October 17, and my family and I […]

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Oct 01, 2015

April, 2016: Walking the Cotswold Way in England

I now have the dates for my first 2016 European hiking trip, “Walking the Cotswold Way in England.” It will be happening April 11 to 21. The Way is a 102-mile trek in southwest England, winding up in the ancient city of Bath. It is known for quiet woodlands, flower-filled meadows, panoramic viewpoints, and impossibly […]

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Sep 23, 2015

Taxi Story: The Lottery Winner

Sometimes these taxi stories are sweet, sometimes they’re ordinary, sometimes annoying, and sometimes they just make you cringe. This was a cringer. Picked up a guy at this lottery and video poker place by Mall 205. He clearly had a buzz working, was big and loud, and immediately announced, “Dude, I just won about 500 […]

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Great scenery -- and blue sky! -- in Meadows.
Sep 14, 2015

Hiking the Timberline Trail: Photo Gallery

Over Labor Day Weekend, I helped to lead the Mazamas’ annual Round The Mountain hike, where we hike the Timberline Trail in three days, spending each night in their lodge near Government Camp. It’s a great way to hike the Timberline Trail, staying indoors with three cooked meals per day and van support to the […]

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Sep 11, 2015

A Dinner in Lucca: Ristorante Il Mecenate

As I get ready to leave for my annual hiking and touring adventure in Tuscany, final details are coming into focus. And those, in turn, are bringing up memories of a wonderful dinner in Lucca last year. Lucca may be my favorite town in Tuscany, with its hilly surroundings, intact walls, friendly people, and relative lack of […]

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Sep 02, 2015

Taxi Story: Angry Phone Dude, Diverted

There’s all sorts of weird stuff that goes on when you drive a taxi. I took one guy, around 5 a.m., from a motel in North Portland to another motel in North Portland — for about a minute — and then for cigarettes, and then to a Walmart that wasn’t open yet. He said he […]

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Sep 02, 2015

Taxi Story: The Sweet Old Lady

One of the more common types of trips I get when driving a cab is the sweet little old lady. I take her home from the grocery store, I take her to medical appointments, I take her back to the assisted living place. There’s one, a blind lady, that I take to church. Not only […]

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Looking down from the meadows on Yocum Ridge.
Sep 02, 2015

Yocum Ridge: Up Past Ramona Falls Lies A Great Mount Hood Hike

I might have a new favorite place to go hiking on Mount Hood. It’s beyond Ramona Falls, which everybody knows about, but hardly anybody goes to this place; and it’s a long walk, which not everyone will want to do. But the solitude, remoteness and beauty of Yocum Ridge gave me a bit of that […]

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Watching soccer in England: How much does it cost?
Aug 24, 2015

Watching Soccer in England: Best Times To Go, 2015-16 Season

If you’re planning a trip to watch soccer in England, one of the big questions is, What’s the best time to go? Or, if you’ve got a trip planned and want to know what games are on, you need some kind of reference. Fear not, my fellow non-Brits, for I have done my homework. Below […]

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Aug 21, 2015

Best Hikes Near Portland: Roaring River Wilderness

When it gets too hot in Portland and you want to get away, what you need is a hike with lots of shade, lots of water, and not too much hassle. Consider the Roaring River Wilderness, up the Clackamas River. This is a 90-minute drive to a pleasant, up-and-down loop with six lakes, a flower-filled meadow, […]

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