Wallowa Lake: The Crown Jewel of Northeastern Oregon

    3/08/16 •

    …Wallowa Lake is known as the crown jewel of northeastern Oregon, so naturally, camping at Wallowa Lake State Park is a royal treat. This park is nestled on the southern shore of Wallowa Lake, among the Wallowa Mountains. The area is often called the “Switzerland of Oregon” because it looks a lot like…

    Gunderson's Cannery Cafe, Oregon: Dining With a Panoramic View of the Columbia River (1)

    9/12/17 •

    …As a military family, my husband and I have lived and traveled all over. But we’ve never eaten anywhere like Gunderson’s Cannery Cafe on the waterfront in Astoria, Oregon. Housed in a former fishing cannery built in 1879, the pleasant bistro offers a panoramic view of the Columbia River. Naturally, we ordered seafood for…

    Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Oregon: A Lighthouse, Tide Pools and Whale Watching

    3/15/16 •

    …If you want to experience the Oregon coast but are pressed for time, head for the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. This picturesque wave- and wind-scoured 100-acre spit of land, or head, offers a variety of attractions, including a lighthouse, tide pools and whale watching. Plus a great sandy beach is only a…

    Fort Clatsop, Oregon: Part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

    9/30/13 •

    …To mark the bicentennial of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s famed journey west, my husband and I visited Fort Clatsop outside Astoria, Oregon to see where the Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1805-06. Fort Clatsop is part of the new Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, spread out over a dozen…

    See the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon

    8/21/12 •

    …My husband is a former military pilot, so we always stop at airplane museums when we travel. On a recent trip to Oregon, we discovered the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. One of its star attractions is the legendary Spruce Goose, the huge wooden military cargo plane designed and built in 1947 by…

    Prospect, Oregon: An RV Park Near 3 Waterfalls

    6/04/15 •

    …The area around Prospect, Oregon is beautiful — it’s on the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, which is often called the “Highway of Waterfalls.” When my husband and I camped at Prospect RV Park, we found pretty Pearsony Falls — plus two taller falls, within about a mile of our campground, and more nearby. The…

    Klootchy Creek Giant: Tallest Sitka Spruce, Oregon (2)

    10/04/17 •

    …Nestled in an old-growth forest in the far northwestern corner of Oregon stands the world’s tallest Sitka spruce tree — a 216-foot-tall specimen. The giant’s trunk is 56 feet in circumference, and its crown spreads 93 feet. Believed to be about 750 years old, the tree is located in 10-acre Klootchy Creek County Park….

    Latourell Falls, Oregon: A Spectacular Falls With Few Rivals

    7/19/17 •

    …Many waterfalls grace the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in northern Oregon, but few rival little-known Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park. I hiked a steep but short trail to see the stunning 250-foot-high falls, formed as Latourell Creek (named for a prominent early settler) plunges over a sheer…

    Toketee Falls, Oregon: The State's Most Gorgeous Waterfall

    7/07/17 •

    …Toketee Falls in southwestern Oregon ranks among the state’s most gorgeous waterfalls. Given the sheer number of falls here, that’s high praise, indeed! A 1/2-mile hike that includes some 200 steps leads to an observation area, where you can see the North Umpqua River cascade 120 feet into a pretty pool in a…

    Sumpter Valley Dredge, Oregon: One of the Biggest Gold Dredges

    11/09/12 •

    …The dredges that once mined gold out West typically aren’t open to the public. So my husband and I jumped at a chance to board one of the biggest ever made — the venerable 1,240-ton Sumpter Valley Dredge (above) outside scenic Sumpter, Oregon. Built for $350,000 in 1935, the dredge produced $4.5 million…

    Tillamook County Fair, Oregon: The Wildest Auto Race On the Planet

    9/11/13 •

    …Forget the Indy 500. The wildest auto race on the planet takes place every summer in Tillamook, Oregon, where daring drivers race “stripped” Model T’s while hugging live pigs! Pig-N-Ford races have been held for over 40 years and often attract standing-room-only crowds to the Tillamook County Fair grandstand. You know something unusual…

    Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Washington: Turning Sheep's Wool Turn Into Fabric (1)

    10/31/15 •

    …our belts, we’ll appreciate a cozy Pendleton blanket even more! Before You Visit Washougal is in southwestern Washington on State Highway 14, about 30 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon and 11 miles east of I-205 (Exit 27). The Pendleton store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m….

    Leukemia: Mild and Chronic Lymphocytic and Myelogenous Leukemias (6)

    9/17/13 •

    …and vincristine, potent anti-cancer drugs that are often used to treat leukemia. Western herbalists may advocate taking periwinkle extract, but doctors discourage this practice, as the herb can interact with the chemicals of chemotherapy, increasing the risk of side effects. However, other herbs, such as ginger, ginseng, sarsaparilla, and wild Oregon grape, can reduce nausea….

    Idaho's Old Mission State Park: A Church Hand-Built Without Nails

    5/08/16 •

    …a day-use park northern Idaho near Cataldo, roughly 24 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene and just southeast of where State Highway 3 meets I-90 Exit 39. For details, call 1-208-682-3814. More to see Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge, runs along the border of Idaho and Oregon, about 120 miles south of Coeur d’Alene….

    These Machines Will Harvest Your Energy – For A Good Cause

    4/12/17 •

    …solve our energy crisis? Probably not—but it’s a baby-step form of biotechnology already being put to use across the world in gyms, sustainable dance clubs (watch a demonstration), multitask-friendly clothing design, and more. Combining human and solar energy, Green Microgym in Portland, Oregon (one of the first eco-friendly sweat spots in the States) boasts some…

    Chinchilla Colors (41)

    8/31/12 •

    …also have pink ears and red eyes. The first beige chinchilla was born in 1955. Its owner, Ned Jensen of Oregon, didn’t believe that it would be possible to breed the animal so he sold it to Nick Tower. He was wrong. Homo Beige Somewhat lighter than Hetero Beige. Homo beige chinchillas also have bright…

    National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Wyoming: Commemorating The Pioneers' Journey

    9/04/16 •

    …While in Casper, Wyoming, I ran across the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, which commemorates the westward journey of the more than half a million pioneers that traveled the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. The galleries in this 25,000-square-foot center really impressed me. They use life-size dioramas, multimedia exhibits and hands-on activities to…