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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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Apr 14, 2017

My Two Essential Pieces of Hiking Gear — What Are Yours?

It’s not like I bring stuff on a hike just to get attention and comments, but there are a few things that, as I’m dropping them in my pack, I always think to myself, “I’ll be talking about that later!” And yes, I enjoy talking about these things. If the people I’m hiking with are fairly new, […]

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Apr 13, 2017

Taxi Story: Sweeter Than a Bottle of Sprite

One day I got a call to one of these funny streets that get bisected by the interstate, so the 9100 block is west of it and the 9200 block is east of it. I always guess wrong on that, then wind up circling through neighborhoods, cursing, and – in this case – going down […]

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Apr 12, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

I took another hike in the Columbia River Gorge the other day, and the spring wildflowers just keep getting better! This time, I went to the Labyrinth and Coyote Wall area, just to the west of Catherine Creek. For perspective, this is around 5 miles east of the Hood River Bridge, on the Washington side […]

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Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017
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Apr 12, 2017

Peaceful Places in Portland:
Leach Botanical Garden

This place is featured in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. Buy it now from Powells.com! Peaceful Places in Portland: Leach Botanical Garden   One way to look at Leach Botanical Garden is that it’s a beautiful little piece of creek-side nature just a couple minutes from the Pick-n-Pull on SE Foster. In that respect alone, […]

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Leach Botanical Garden
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Apr 10, 2017

Portland Hikes: Tryon Creek State Park

If you’re looking for an easy, close-in hike that gives you a nice dose of nature in the city, Tryon Creek State Park in Southwest Portland is a fine choice. This is especially true around early April, when the trilliums bloom. But at any time, really, Tryon is a nice place to visit. In winter […]

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The Wilson River is one of the best winter hikes near Portland.
Apr 10, 2017

Easy Hikes Near Portland: Wilson River Trail

Tired of all the crowds in the Columbia River Gorge or at Mount Hood? Or maybe looking for a quick getaway on a drizzly day? Consider the Wilson River Trail in the Oregon Coast Range. Why You Should Go One way of looking at winter hikes is, if you aren’t gonna see much anyway, might as […]

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Apr 09, 2017

Peaceful Places in Portland:
Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery

Lest we forget that Portland used to be a little river town, that what’s now called Southeast Portland used to be out in the country, let’s go back to 1866. In that year, Portland was a town of a few thousand people on the west side of the Willamette River. What is now the corner of […]

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Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
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Apr 09, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This place is highlighted in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. There’s this point, just past Washougal, where you officially enter The Gorge. I don’t know if that’s geologically true, but it’s officially true: there’s a big sign for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and perfectly enough, it’s right past the sewage treatment plant! This […]

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Gorge Hikes: 1872 Wagon Road
Apr 08, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Hikes:
1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall

There’s a great book called Curious Gorge (buy it at Powells.com) that recently taught me about two hikes that sounded short and cool: one (#31) to an 1872 wagon road and another (#32) to a hidden waterfall off a section of the old Columbia River Highway. The trailhead was pretty much right on the shoulder […]

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1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall
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