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

April 2018: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

Hike to the Roof of the World! In April 2018 I will be leading a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The trip is with Portland-based Embark Exploration Co., and we will be taking a slightly less-traveled route known as the Gokyo Lakes. I could not be more excited about this trip. Nepal is hikers’ […]

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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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Jan 10, 2016

Recovery Share: The Curse of “It’ll Be Okay”

When I was growing up, there was a phrase I heard a lot in my family: It’ll be okay. Of course, a lot of times that’s what you call encouragement, soothing, or just plain comfort. When you’re crying or upset and an elder tells you it’ll be okay, they’re saying “Hang in there, this will […]

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Jan 08, 2016

Leicester v Manchester City

Seeing a game at Leicester City in 2015-16 was almost a spiritual experience. Have you ever been to a game where your team was getting crushed, all seemed hopeless, and somehow they started coming back to life? And then they got back into the game, and then momentum kicked in, it seemed everything they did was […]

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Jan 07, 2016

Seeing a Game at Notts County FC

Sometimes, at places like Notts County, English football feels like single-A baseball. After catching a Boxing Day game at Brentford in London, I rolled into Nottingham on December 27 sick as a dog – head cold, migraine, exhaustion, the whole thing – so I gave in, skipped the planned game at Nottingham Forest and took […]

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Dec 30, 2015

Planning a Trip to Watch English Soccer? Consider Staying in Nottingham

We take a break now from my trip around England to watch soccer games, and instead offer a little photographic tour of the city of Nottingham. At least, this is what I managed to see of it in a couple of walks. I spent basically one of my two days there being sick, and part […]

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