Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon
Mar31

Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon Unique Hotel in Portland “How’s the faux spring weather treating you?” the barista asked as she took my order. Like any Pacific Northwest resident I revel in the unexpected combination of warm temperatures and sunshine during late winter. “Perfect” I reply, returning her smile. Portland is a heavily caffeinated town, percolated in coffee and smiles. This mind-set is...

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Mt. Hood Resort Announces New Winter Ski Packages
Nov13

Mt. Hood Resort Announces New Winter Ski Packages

(WELCHES, Ore., Nov. 10, 2011) – It’s time to hit the slopes with new winter ski packages from The Resort at The Mountain, a year-round ski, spa and golf destination located along the western slope of Mt. Hood in Welches, Oregon. “Less than an hour above Portland, but below the snowline, The Resort is easy to get to and provides convenient access to abundant winter sports on Mt. Hood,” said Frank Casarez, general manager of The...

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The Resort at the Mountain
Jan29

The Resort at the Mountain

Although today it’s a tame four-lane highway, the road up the mountain still has that 18th century Oregon Trail feel. This piece is named the Barlow Road after the entrepreneur who built a toll portion on this otherwise free emigrant route, and it cuts a wild and treacherous course over the crest of the Cascades.  Imagine being one of those early travelers who crossed a continent to find this forested valley beside the rushing Salmon...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 4
Sep19

Rafting the Snake River, Day 4

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the freefall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day Four Morgan’s forecast of rain was off by thirty minutes. At 1:30 that morning a gentle pitter-patter stirred me, and...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 3
Sep16

Rafting the Snake River, Day 3

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the freefall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day Three After breakfast we continued downriver to Kirkwood Ranch and another slice of history that the canyon...

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Rafting the Snake River, Day 2
Sep13

Rafting the Snake River, Day 2

A feeling of controlled fear grips me as the raft begins the freefall. In that moment the outfitter’s favorite quote pops into my head – “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” Thunderous walls of big water surround me and instantly I understand I’m involved… Day Two I rolled out of my bag this morning to the smell of breakfast cooking and remembered dinner last night. Sam...

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