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Chinidere Mountain is an easy hike with a great view, and is the cover shot for my book "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland."
Sep 06, 2013

Easy Hike, Great View: Chinidere Mountain

The amazing view from the top of Chinidere Mountain is more than worth the two-hour drive, and Wahtum Lake is a fine destination as well. It’s one of the easiest and best hikes near Portland, if you’re looking for big view and little effort. Consider making this a car-camping trip or part of a longer […]

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McNeil Point is one of the best Mount Hood hikes.
Sep 06, 2013

Portland Hikes, News and Conditions for September 6, 2013

Don’t let this rainy weather make you skip hiking this weekend. Check out the Cascades Forest for this weekend, and tell me if that looks like good weather for doing your favorite Portland hikes! Feel like joining a group hike? Scroll down for a sampling of what local groups are offering this weekend. Conditions are […]

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Sep 06, 2013

Chalupas and Trail Blazers: A Brief Memoir

I read this morning that fans will no longer get a free Chalupa when the Blazers score 100 points in a home game. I really don’t care about the Blazers or Chalupas (though I confess a weird weak spot for those new tacos with Doritos shells), but this does remind me of a story. When […]

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Downtown Portland brunch place Mama Mia has an awesome Prosciutto Benedict
Sep 04, 2013

Latest Portland Breakfast Bulletin: News, Reviews, and … A Trip to Tuscany?

The latest Breakfast Bulletin, my every-two-weeks newsletter, came out last week. Included is the usual mix of breakfast news and reviews with other tidbits from my world, which includes hiking, travel, and spiritual ramblings. This Bulletin has: Openings and closings from the breakfast world Reviews of local breakfast places The best hike to do on Mount Hood right now Current conditions and news for area hikes […]

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recovery share: gratitude
Sep 04, 2013

Recovery Share: Gratitude for My “Problems”

There’s this thing I used to hear when I first came to meetings, a thing that really used to piss me off: I’m so grateful to be an addict. Every time I heard that, I wanted to go over and punch whatever screwhead said it. Fuck you, I’d think. You’re grateful to be an addict? You’re […]

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McNeil Point is one of the best Mount Hood hikes.
Aug 30, 2013

Portland Hikes News and Conditions:
August 29, 2013

Okay, folks, looks like the weather will be fantastic for Portland hikes this Labor Day Weekend, so let’s get out there and do this thing! Basically, we are entering the magic time of year when you can do any hike you want. The flowers are still out on Mount Hood, the bugs have almost completely died […]

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August 29, 2013
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McNeil Point is one of the best hike near Mount Hood.
Aug 27, 2013

Best Mount Hood Hikes: McNeil Point

It is absolutely prime season for hikes near Mount Hood. Right now, the flowers are blooming all over the place, the weather is perfect, the bugs are dying off … all in all, if you’re looking for a Mount Hood hike, now is the time. And McNeil Point is the place. And in my opinion, […]

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