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December 31, 2018: Eugene Micro Art Walk

In 2017 nine artists from six different countries visited Eugene, Oregon. Armed with paintbrushes and spray cans they created a variety of murals around town for residents to enjoy and even debate. While most of the artistic endeavors were on a large scale several artists, Blek le Rat, and Dan Witz, created images on a smaller more intimate level.

Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou) is a father of stencil art. He painted 10 playful designs in the downtown area, though 1 was covered by accident this past summer. His work was apparently an inspiration for Banksy. Dan Witz is a master of trompe l’oeil or visual illusions that trick the eye (shown). His haunting images are sprinkled around Eugene, 11 are in the downtown area.

Part of the micro-art’s mystery and enjoyment is searching them out. Our walk today will cover 4 miles, it starts at 9am and ends at noon. Location and full details avaialble at obsidians.org.

2019: The full schedule for next year will be published soon.

— SPRING 2019 —

Kalapuya Talking Stones Walk

Scattered through the Whilamut Natural Area in Eugene and nearby Springfield are 15 boulders deeply etched with words from the Kalapuya language. These are the Kalapuya Talking Stones, they help to educate visitors and locals alike, and remind them that the Kalapuya people are still here. The words were chosen to reflect natural things in the traditional landscape – a fish trap, wooded area, a camas field. There are over 6 miles of trails in the natural area and we will be visiting all of the stones on our walk.

The names etched on the stones are:
Ha-Yaba – camas field
Camafeema – ferns on the ground
De-Ha Yaba – Near a camas field
Illioo – Joyful
Ga-Ach-Li – Peaceful in daylight
Wha-Lik – Place by the water
Li-Yuu – Prairie
Hal Ba – Downstream
Whilamut – Where the river ripples and runs fast
Gudu-Kut – Frog
Kanaa – Going across place
Duucu-Ba – Powerful place
Gaw-Ni – Trail through the woods
Hi-Dwa – In a wooded area
Lak-Mi – Near a fish trap

Biking Eugene’s Murals

Little Petroglyph Canyon, Mojave Desert

Kayaking the Siltcoos

Join our small group as we go kayaking in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The dunes are one of the largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes in the world. When geologic forces created the dunes, the sand choked off several coastal rivers, creating about 30 lakes. Some of the rivers have found a way back to sea. The Siltcoos River is one of these, it is a slow-moving three-mile long waterway that is a designated canoe trail. We’ll be keeping our eyes ope for otters and a variety of birds. Photo: Travel Lane County.

—SUMMER 2019 —

Exploring Central Oregon’s Geology + Mammoth Tracks

Rafting on the Mckenzie River

Covered Bridges of Central Oregon

—FALL 2019 —

Wicked San Francisco

San Francisco is a city born within a moment — the discovery of gold in 1848. The city’s parents were not elites or idealist, but gritty prospectors, sailors, railroad workers, gamblers, ladies of the night, grifters, poets, and carney hustlers. Today, San Francisco is often viewed as a place where a person can discover one’s fortune, where an individual can craft their future, and where it’s OK to be weird. But, beneath the sidewalks, in unimpressive alleys, and among lonely buildings is a hidden San Francisco, a city that was forged in fear, sex, and gold. Our interpretive walking trip explores how fear, sex, and gold changed the city in three important ways. We’ll see how fear directed at those considered “unfit” by society (poor, minorities, and women) reveals they are the true backbone of the city, how censorship of sex led to modern freedoms, and how gold fever changed forms never really disappeared from this place.

Walking Scandalous Portland

This is a historic walk through Portland, Oregon’s scandalous past. Portland is now home to swank eateries, posh coffee shops, and a lively urban scene, but at one time it was a wild seaport town with a lusty underworld. Many people often think of San Francisco being the wild-west hotbed of frontier injustice, but Portland might just have been worse. For decades, weathered sea captains swaggered into Portland’s underworld and bartered in blood money for shanghaied recruits. In the shadows, saloon grifters preyed on freshly arrived tenderfoots from the east. Portland was a place where rotgut whiskey flowed freely, bordellos floated on the Willamette, votes could be bought for a pint of beer, murder was common, and corruption was a way of life. Portland was a town where saloons numbered 1 for every 40 people! We will uncover some of these stories while walking through modern Portland.