Elaine Schimek

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

Face Rock, Oregon

Bandon, Oregon, is one of my favorite beaches in the state, filled to bursting with huge rock features; the most impressive of which is the surreal, unreal beauty of Face Rock…

Face Rock, Oregon

Shore Acres Cliffs, December 2018

The most interesting aspect of the sandstone cliffs is how the water and wind erode the rock into bizarre, alien shapes most succinctly described as “like Swiss cheese”…

Shore Acres Cliffs, December 2018

Northwest Coos County Beaches

The terrain at both Horsfall and Bastendorff beaches is wide and flat, surrounded by large dunes where people were riding horses and OHVs…

Northwest Coos County Beaches

Day Trip to Astoria, Oregon

A charming town situated on the hills above the Columbia River as it enters the Pacific Ocean…

Day Trip to Astoria, Oregon

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