Just a couple of news items from the Oregonian I thought I’d share. One is that the road to Larch Mountain, one of the great viewpoints in the Columbia River Gorge, is now open. The view of the Gorge and Mount Hood from up there is pretty stupendous, and it’s a great place to go […]
Here is something from my book, Peaceful Places: Portland — which you can get a signed copy of at the link. Elk Rock Island It can be easy, when living in Portland, to forget that the Willamette is a river. I know that sounds odd, because what else would it be, but how often do you look […]
One of the great things about writing is that it makes me go out and discover stuff. For example, when I was writing 60 Hikes, I walked the whole Willamette Greenway Trail and found out Portland has a Butterfly Park. Bet you didn’t know that. So now I get to explore and learn more about […]
I have started on a new book called Peaceful Places in Portland, to be released in the fall of 2012 by Menasha Ridge Press. For an example of what it’s all about, check out their Peaceful Places in New York book.
And so now I have a blog, where I will share some of my discoveries as I work on the book — and also seek your suggestions. Check it out over at PeacefulPortland.com. There’s even a Facebook page for the book. And for my own little intro to what it’s all about, read the first blog post, called “What is ‘Peaceful Places in Portland?‘ “
Crystal Springs may not be too peaceful on weekends when the rhodies are blooming — and forget Mother’s Day! — but it’s an amazingly beautiful place. I mean, assuming you like water and trees and flowers and ducks and geese. Enjoy.
I am working on a new project for Menasha Ridge Press, who published my 60 Hikes book. The book is called Peaceful Places – Portland. They’ve already got titles in the series on San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
So here’s what I seek from readers: suggestions of peaceful places around Portland. The categories are Day/Overnight, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums/Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks and Gardens, Quiet Tables, Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops and Services, Spiritual Enclaves, and Urban Surprises.
So email me some ideas, or post them as comments here, and if you tell me something I don’t know, and it makes the book, I’ll thank you in the Acknowledgements and enter your name in a drawing for a signed book.