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Memaloose Hills: A Semi-Secret Wildflower Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 3, 2018
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There is this magical thing that happens in the Columbia River Gorge every spring. The hillsides green up, the skies clear, the temperatures rise, and wildflowers explode in beautiful abundance. For hikers, this means escaping the city and, in normal years, the rain. (This year, of course, it’s pretty much sunny everywhere.) And if you…

Recovery Share: “But What Will They Think?”

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 23, 2018
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I was recently in a situation where I was uncomfortable and anxious but knew a way to deal with it. Two, actually — neither of which I was willing to try because I was worried about what people would think. Now, this might make more sense if these were big crazy solutions to big crazy…

Thoughts About … Thoughts

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 23, 2018
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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about thoughts. I realize that’s a recipe for spinning uselessly, but I also think it’s a worthwhile endeavor. After all, if thoughts about “reality” create our reality, and therefore our emotions, and all of it together creates our actions, which contribute to reality, and so the cycle continues ……

Recovery Share:
How Program Principles Saved My Day

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 18, 2018
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    How Program Principles Saved My Day

The other day I spent several hours ruminating over a resentment story. I had been wronged, my day ruined, and in my head I kept repeating the same story: “Well, she said she would, but she didn’t, and now my day is screwed.” Not far from the surface was another reality, the one that really…

Great Oregon Coast Hike: Cape Falcon and Neahkhanie Mountain

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 16, 2017
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Here is a great hike on the Oregon Coast that should be good all year round — assuming you don’t mind a little mud. And if you can add a second car, the 9-mile hike to Cape Falcon and then over Neahkhanie Mountain includes many things that make hiking on the Oregon Coast terrific. All…

2018 Nepal Trek: Manaslu Circuit and the Tsum Valley

  • Paul Gerald
  • November 30, 2017
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In the fall of 2018, I will be leading an amazing trek in Nepal, taking a rarely-visited loop around Manaslu, the 8th-highest peak in the world at nearly 27,000 feet. This three-week trip also includes a side trip into the Tsum Valley, a sacred pilgrimage area filled with traditional Buddhist culture, right up against the Tibetan…

Hiking and Climbing Adventure: Volcanoes of Ecuador

  • Paul Gerald
  • November 30, 2017
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In August 2018 and January 2019, Embark Exploration Co. will offer a unique and exciting trip to go hiking, climbing, and cultural touring in the high country of Ecuador. “Volcanoes of Ecuador” is a two-week adventure in which we will hike remote trails, visit cultures that date back to pre-Spanish days, and most of all, summit…

Recovery Share: What’s the Right Lesson to Learn?

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 11, 2017
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Sometimes the hardest thing in dealing with “setbacks” is knowing which lesson to learn. Life throws something at me, and in my head a whole committee gets together to decide what happened and what to do about it. But which voice is correct? Which, if any, should be banned? How should I start to wrap…