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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…

September Breakfast Bulletin: Amidst Tragedy, Hope

  • Paul Gerald
  • September 7, 2017
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The September issue of my monthly(ish) newsletter, the Breakfast Bulletin, is out. Normally, this would involve a summary of activity from my blog here, probably a report from my English soccer project, and perhaps a plug to buy one of my books. This month, instead, it’s my response to this: You can subscribe to the Bulletin here or by clicking below:

Lookout Mountain Hike: One of the Best Views Anywhere Near Mount Hood

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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I try not to throw around phrases like “perfect hike,” but Lookout Mountain, just east of Mount Hood, gets about as close as anything can to that standard. Why? Because it is a mix of effort, payoff, cool forest, sunny meadows, relative solitude, flowers, springs, and a big-time view that includes volcanoes, forests, a lake, the Columbia River,…

Whetstone Mountain: Easy Hike, Great Views, Hot Springs After

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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If you’re looking for a pretty easy hike with great views of the Oregon Cascades, Whetstone Mountain is a good place to start. It’s kind of a long drive, but I recommend it if you’re spending a night camping in the area, like along the Clackamas River. The hike is less than five miles roundtrip…

Old Vista Ridge Trail: Former Trail Brought Back for an Amazing “New” View of Mount Hood

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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For many years, one of my favorite Mount Hood hikes has been Vista Ridge — even after much of it burned up in the 2011 Dollar Lake Fire. It’s a great walk along a mountain ridge to a loop that includes several alpine meadows, front-row views of Hood, babbling brooks, smiling wildflowers … and now…