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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 26, 2017

Dog Mountain: A Classic, but Crowded, Columbia Gorge Hike

Dog Mountain at peak bloom: Just those words conjure the image of a lush meadow far above the Columbia River, with mountains filling the view, flowers all around you — and rivers of people sharing it with you. I have an idea about that last part, but we’ll get to that. First, let’s discuss what […]

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May 26, 2017

Portland’s Tanner Springs Park:
Peace in the Pearl District

Water trickling. Kids giggling. Flowers blooming. Tall grass swaying in the breeze. A duck paddling on a pond. Where are we? The corner of NW 11th and Marshall, in Tanner Springs Park. One wouldn’t normally associate “Pearl District” with “peaceful,” but over here at the north end we’re kind of on the edge. Over by […]

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May 25, 2017

Recovery Share: Trudging Along

I have always marveled at the (sort of) last line in Alcoholics Anonymous: Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the […]

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This boulder has been there long enough to host a garden and tree.
May 18, 2017

Classic Columbia Gorge Hikes:
Eagle Creek to High Bridge

If you want to know what hiking in the Pacific Northwest is all about, it comes down to three things: mountains, oceans, and forests filled with waterfalls. For that third category, I can’t imagine there’s a better hike than Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. I live in Portland, and I get to Eagle […]

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May 11, 2017

Great Oregon Hikes: Silver Falls State Park

I got out this week to do one of the best hikes in Oregon at one of the best times to do it: Silver Falls State Park in spring. The water is raging. The trees are brilliant green. The temperature is perfect. The crowds aren’t bad — yet. Granted, I did this on a Wednesday, which […]

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May 05, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hikes: Hamilton Mountain, 5-4-2017

As I keep working on updating my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, this week I got out to one of the best hikes in the Columbia River Gorge: Hamilton Mountain. It’s a hike that pretty much has it all: easy access, gradual ascent, scenery along the way, two nice waterfalls, a view on […]

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May 02, 2017

Latest “Breakfast Bulletin” Newsletter:
Hiking, Chilling Out, Studying Soccer

Every month or so, I knock out a Breakfast Bulletin newsletter, which is mostly a recap of blog posts on this site and activity on my English soccer site. This month, the Bulletin includes a selection of spring wildflower (and waterfall) hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, some places from my book Peaceful Places in […]

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Hiking, Chilling Out, Studying Soccer
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Apr 20, 2017

Columbia Gorge Wildflower Hike:
Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017

Here is another post in my series on wildflower hikes in the Columba River Gorge. I am in the process of revising my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, for a Spring 2018 publication. And since the last edition was put together, the Forest Service has gone and put up actual signs, on […]

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