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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.
Cotswolds Way England
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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What's in your pack?
Sep 28, 2015

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 it. If the people I’m hiking with are fairly new, there […]

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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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Sep 18, 2015

Taxi Story: Sweeter Than a Bottle of Sprite

I got a call to the Gateway area one time, at the end of 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 […]

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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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Lucca Tuscany
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: Sweet Lady, Surprise Ending

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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