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A Drive to the Columbia Gorge and Hood River, Oregon

A foggy morning gave way to a sunny afternoon as Elaine and I took a drive from Portland up the Columbia Gorge to Hood River for lunch…

A Drive to the Columbia Gorge and Hood River, Oregon

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Spring 2019

Rhododendrons and magnolias and daffodils and countless other flowers were blooming and the aromas were wonderful…

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Spring 2019

Superior, Arizona

A funky little mining town along state highway 60, easy to ignore as you drive into the beautiful Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest. But it’s worth a stop, particularly for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum…

Superior, Arizona

Canemah Bluff Nature Park

In April 2018, Elaine and I walked the trails of Canemah Bluff Nature Park just south of downtown Oregon City. The sun was setting on a lovely spring day turning everything, even the newly bloomed camas fields, golden…

Canemah Bluff Nature Park

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland

Year-in, year-out, one great spot to escape the rigors of city life, to relax and enjoy nature, is the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in SE Portland...

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland

Oregon Lavender Farm and Eagle Creek Lavender Farm

Though I am slightly allergic to lavender, it is one of my favorite flowers. And on one fine, sunny day at the end of June 2018, I visited two lavender farms in Clackamas County, Oregon...

Oregon Lavender Farm and Eagle Creek Lavender Farm

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, November 2017

As always, there were more ducks than you could count, and geese, and for once at least the world's most obese squirrel...

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, November 2017