BEND — The chill at the end of Lava River Cave beckons on Central Oregon’s 90-plus degree days, and the rock-laden adventure through the dark cavern gives you that well-deserved reward.
BAKER CITY — As we watched mountain goats saunter across nearly sheer rock, frolic on snowdrifts and crop alpine wildflowers, I had a sudden and almost painful hankering for an elephant ear.
MELBOURNE, Florida — Men may be, but not all worms are created equal. Since Adam named them one by one, mankind has classified and compared animals.
BAKER CITY — We looked at the map, but didn’t really study the map.
BEND — A “whoop” rang out from the hillside of Hillman Peak on the rim of Crater Lake, echoing through the area. Before the sound had a chance to subside, a skier began speeding down to a pers…
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JOHN DAY — Come to John Day to experience the joys of fly fishing with an introductory lesson.
BURBANK, Wash. — Interpretive kayaking trips on the Columbia River offer a chance to get out and enjoy nature while learning about local resources.
BAKER COUNTY — It was the hottest day of the year and my throat felt the way I imagine it would feel if I had recently swallowed a sheet of sandpaper.
ORLANDO, Fla. — You don’t need to go to McDonald’s to find the Dollar Menu because Dollar sunfish are on the menu for darn near every fish in the southeastern United States.
DUFUR — Anyone who played football has lasting memories from it. Some may have lasting injuries, too, but I was fortunate.
PENDLETON — It’s deep into summer in Pendleton, and the midsummer sun reminds us of one of the many values of trees: shade.
Every mountain range is different: looks different, feels different. It’s a complicated recipe, after all, to cook one up and there are a lot of ingredients: molten and solid rock, water in al…
BAY OF ISLANDS, New Zealand — After a solid first day of sea kayaking and getting the lay of the land, we decided to mix it up the second day.
If you’ve moseyed up to Wallowa Lake State Park recently and gazed into the stand of big pine trees west of the river, you might have noticed some strange but colorful metal baskets on poles. …
BILLINGS, Montana — Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser sped up its eruption cycle earlier in June, setting a new mark for recorded intervals between eruptions.
Traveling opens your eyes to realities other than your own. You expect culture shock to come with different customs, dialects, foods and behaviors, so it’s easy to overlook some of the simpler…
BAKER CITY — A lake with the name “Killamacue” ought to have a compelling story.
SEATTLE — Today’s consumers are increasingly interested in the types of experiences that adventure travel provides, whether it’s exploring new cultures or eco-tourism or taking a trip to hike,…
BROOKINGS — It had started the day before. My first time on the ocean, I rode out in a small Bayliner with a group of about nine late in the afternoon. The handful of students and three chaper…
SPOKANE — Climbers looking for sites across the western United States, including Oregon, can benefit from a series of interactive online maps released online.
Outdoor enthusiasts looking for options of where to go for breathtaking sights and good fishing have a resource available through Fishingbooker.com.
MISSION — The 57-mile bicycling route starting at the Wildhorse RV Park near Mission and ending at the beautiful Ukiah-Dale Forest State Scenic Corridor Campground on Camas Creek near Ukiah is…
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Microfishing is still relatively new to me, and the newness of it all is partially why I love it so much. This method has yet to hit the mainstream, but microfishing is a gem.
BAKER CITY — April can turn your eyelashes into ice sculptures, leave your allegedly waterproof boots squelching like sponges and give you a nasty sunburn, sometimes in the same afternoon.
Name: Hillside Milkvetch
According to the American Sportfishing Association, there are about 60 million anglers in the United States. Of those, about 75%, or 46 million, fish in a given year.
SHADY COVE — As the Class of 2019 prepares to graduate, I’m reminded of one of my favorite high school memories: cross-country camp.
PORTLAND — Home to 2,300 species of trees and shrubs from six continents, Hoyt Arboretum offers beauty and serenity, regardless of the season. Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species an…
Weekend getaways in the great outdoors can be a great way for families to break from the norm and spend some quality time together while getting some fresh air. Such trips are popular, as the …
Name: Northern Gentian
The High Desert Museum in Bend is soaring again as its signature outdoor avian flight program resumes through Labor Day.
Name: Columbia Cutleaf
KLAMATH FALLS — My advisor and one of my favorite professors in college, Pat Schaeffer, used to say “If you haven’t (enter name here), you haven’t lived.”
State Parks Day is Saturday and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is inviting Oregonians outdoors for a day of free camping, free parking and special events at Oregon’s state parks.
Memorial Day is nearly here, and for many Oregonians, the holiday weekend is the start of the camping season in Oregon’s natural places. However, dry conditions are already present in many are…
VRSAR, Croatia — My reel screams as line peels off at 50 miles per hour. I arch my back, flex my arms, legs and chest as every muscle in my body make itself known.
Name: Pacific Yew
To say Robert J. Carson loves the Blue Mountains would be an understatement. His newest book “The Blues: Natural history of the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washingto…
My mom is an outdoorsy person.
Name: Wholeleaf Saxifrage
The way James Nash recalls it, a bull hippopotamus charged at him out of the Tanzanian brush. It nearly killed him — he fired the last shot with his gun barrel touching it.
Name: Meadow Death Camas
SALEM — With an exceptionally diverse bird population, Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is hosting the 14th annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival May 17-19. The festival offers an uncrowded, family friendly…
TILLAMOOK — For the first time in my 28 years, I seriously considered moving away from Oregon. I love my work, the fishing opportunities found in Oregon during the spring and fall and all the …
SPRAY — Running enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up for the annual Eastern Oregon Half Marathon, which includes a variety of distances for both runners and walkers. This year’s event is Satu…
It’s time to get troutside and enjoy the budding spring weather.
PENDLETON — More than $35,000 in cash and prizes was featured in the raffles, auctions and games during the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) banquet.
LA GRANDE — A a weeklong residential field studies program for high school students is accepting applications.
Name: Salt and Pepper
SALEM — Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for controlled hunts this year, ODFW advises.
KLAMATH FALLS — Plastic. It’s in everything.
Taxes are due next week.
TILLAMOOK BAY — Tidepools are the most precious and unique part of the Oregon coast.
PILOT ROCK — The Umatilla/Morrow Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) invites forestland owners from the two counties to join them Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Camas Pr…
KLAMATH FALLS — The nice days in March are the worst. After enduring months of high desert misery, the sky warms before the water, thanks to this dumb concept you learned about in chemistry ca…