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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.
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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Jul 27, 2015

Summer Book Sale: Everything for $12!

The prime season for hikes near Portland is upon us, and I have decided to celebrate by offering all of my books for $12 each. That’s anywhere from $2 to $6 off, and if you buy more than one, shipping is free. You’d better hurry, though — this offer ends at midnight on August 3. […]

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Who are we dealing with here?
Mar 10, 2015

Recovery Share: Self-Awareness and Step 4

Didn’t get a chance to share in a meeting this morning, but here’s what I would have said, the topic being Step 4 and those “misdirected instincts.” “Creation gave us instincts for a purpose. … Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceeded their proper functions. Powerfully, blindly, many times subtly, they […]

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Mar 09, 2015

Update on My Hiking Adventure Trips

Here is the latest update on the European hiking trips I lead for Embark Adventures. The short version is that the 2015 trip to Tuscany and Cinque Terre now runs from September 20 to October 3, so there’s still plenty of time to get on that one. For 2016 the plans are: April or May: to […]

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