Category Archives: Great Outdoors

The Thundering Roar of Spokane Falls II

   

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The Thundering Roar of Spokane Falls

  There are hundreds of waterfalls scattered all over the Pacific NW. But I’m pretty sure Spokane Falls is the only one located in the heart of a bustling downtown business district. The Spokane River flows from Lake Coeur d’Alene … Continue reading

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Mima Mounds II

It’s the uniformity of the Mima Mounds that is so striking. Roughly 6 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, they’re all the same–like rows of bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap. No wonder Captain Charles Wilkes thought he had stumbled upon an ancient Indian burial ground. Continue reading

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Mima Mounds

It’s the uniformity of the Mima Mounds that is so striking. Roughly 6 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, they’re all the same–like rows of bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap. No wonder Captain Charles Wilkes though he had stumbled upon an ancient Indian burial ground. The mounds are such an “unnatural” natural phenomenon. Continue reading

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Starvation Creek Falls

On December 18, 1884, the Pacific Express, bound for Portland, rounded a curve and plowed right into a 25-foot-high snowdrift. The train stopped dead in its tracks, stranding 148 holiday passengers and the crew. Continue reading

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NW Snapshots: Cold Water Spring

  9/11/2012.  We stumbled upon this cold water spring while traveling along a forest service road in northern Oregon.  How many years has water been burbling down into the catch basin?  Difficult to say.  There were no signs posted on site … Continue reading

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Taft Beach II

Picture a long curving stretch of sand littered with driftwood. And oh, what driftwood! We’re not talking skinny little pieces you can carry home and carve into walking sticks. Most are huge logs or the trunks of mature trees with their root balls still attached. Welcome to Taft Beach! Continue reading

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Taft Beach on the Oregon Coast

Picture a long curving stretch of sand littered with driftwood. And oh, what driftwood! We’re not talking skinny little piece you can carry home and carve into walking sticks. Most are huge logs or the trunks of mature trees with their root balls still attached. Welcome to Taft Beach! Continue reading

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Scotch Broom is in Bloom!

Scotch broom is an upright shrub that grows 3-10 feet tall. During spring and early summer, they are covered with a profusion of bright yellow blossoms that are a delight to see. But don’t make the mistake of planting one in your back yard! Continue reading

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Astoria Column

The Astoria Column is an iconic local landmark perched atop Coxcomb Hill in Astoria, OR. After climbing 164 steps, the view from the top is breathtaking! Continue reading

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