I guide and lead for Road Scholar, the Obsidians, outdoor organization, civic groups, and various travel companies.
Join me on an upcoming trip:
— SPRING 2019 —
Kalapuya Talking Stones Walk
Date: April 14, 2019
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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 Talking Stones and they help to educate visitors and remind them 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.
Kayaking the Siltcoos
Date: May 19, 2019
Location: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Florence, Oregon
Join our small group as we go kayaking in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the Siltcoos River. 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 open for otters and a variety of birds. Photo: Travel Lane County.
Exploring Central Oregon
Fort Rock Cave, Crack in the Ground, Fossil Lake
Date: May (3-days)
Location: Central Oregon
We will travel to the Cascade Crest and enjoy a 3-mile hike near Salt Creek Falls before continuing into “Oregon’s Outback.” We’ll camp for the night where showers, flush toilets, and a small store are available. The next morning we will visit the rarely seen Fort Rock Cave with an interpretive guide. It’s on this site where 9,500-year-old sandals were discovered, and it was once thought to be the oldest site of human habitation. We’ll hike around Fort Rock and visit the nearby Homestead Museum before driving to Christmas Valley for a quick stop. Then off to “Crack in the Ground” an ancient volcanic fissure over 2 miles long, and in places 70-feet deep, for a late afternoon hike. That evening we’ll tent camp under the stars listing to coyotes at a remote ranch. The campsite is off-the-grid, so electricity will not be available, but there is water. On the third day, we drive a short distance to Fossil Lake. Fossil Lake is now a dry lakebed, but during the Pleistocene, it was an ancient lake. In this general area, a racetrack of 43,000-year-old mammoth tracks was uncovered in 2017. We will be observing the surface features to see what we find on this 2-3 mile hike. In the afternoon we return to Eugene, the plan is to be home by dinnertime.
—SUMMER 2019 —
Fired Up: The Many Sides of Fire With Your Grandchild
Dates: July 2019
Locations: Portland, Oregon area, and Mount St. Helens National Monument in southern Washington
I’m happy to lead this 6-day exploration of fire with Road Scholar. Erupting volcanoes. Blacksmithing. Outdoor cooking. Glassblowing. Do these spark your interest? Learn more about fire with real firefighters, survivalists, welders and fire dancers in safe, interactive environments. See inside a real, working fire truck, and learn the dangers of the flames that can sweep through an entire forest or city. Find out how controlled embers can be fun as you play with fire to create beautiful artwork, discovering why nothing can hold a candle to this learning adventure.
Crater Lake & Bend: An Outdoor Adventure With Your Grandchild
Date: July 2019
Very excited to lead this spirited 8-day outdoor adventure for Road Scholar. During this adventure, you can discover the geological and botanical secrets of lush mountain passes, hidden caves, and the gigantic Crater Lake as you walk and raft your way through the wild paradise of Southern and Central Oregon with your grandchild.
Covered Bridges of Central Oregon
Location: Lane County, Oregon
Lane County has the distinction of possessing more covered bridges than any other county west of the Mississippi. There are 20 of these picturesque beauties and each with their own story. These visits might be folded in with other trips – stay tuned.
—FALL 2019 —
Waldo Lake Weekend & Camp Edith
Location: Cascades, Oregon
Camp Edith might not be remembered, but it has never truly been lost. Like many peaceful places in Oregon’s Cascades, it can reveal itself to those who seek it. An almost forgotten campsite, Camp Edith was once a favorite destination for Oregon’s most famous outdoorsmen and conservationists, Judge John Breckenridge Waldo. He explored and documented the Cascades from 1877 to 1907, increased public awareness with his letters to state newspapers in support of forest conservation, and steadfastly pushed legislation to preserve the mountains for future generations. Today, Oregonians can appreciate six national forests, a national park, and at least eighteen wilderness areas because of Waldo’s vision and perseverance. On his treks, Waldo would travel along the Cascades’ crest for months at a time. Although he traveled with a handful of colleagues and friends it is likely that he became homesick for his family. One of his most beloved destinations now bears his name, Waldo Lake, and it’s upon this magnificent shore where he christened the camp in honor of his daughter, Edith. Today, the campsite doesn’t appear on any maps, it quietly rests with only a century-old blazed tree to signify its human history. On this trip, we overnight at Waldo Lake to hike, swim and enjoy the night sky. The next day I provide participants with two photos, one from 1890, the other is a more modern photo, these are their only two tools for finding Waldo’s tree.
Walking Wicked San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, California
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.
Location: Oregon Coast Range
Salmon are truly amazing creatures and central to the story of Oregon. After spending years at sea they return to their ancestral streams and creeks to spawn. Habitat loss and climate change have seriously affected salmon populations, but they still hang on. We will travel to an area in the Coast Range to see some of these amazing creatures, learn about their biology, and hear more of their story. In 2018 only three salmon were observed in a section of a waterway that traditionally has over forty individuals – the water was frighteningly low. This trip will be a smaller-sized group to minimize potential impacts and to keep noise at a minimum so not to stress the spawning salmon; we will be practicing Leave No Trace. Details and a final date for this trip will not be set until closer to November, the timing of this trip will be dependant upon fire conditions at the time, weather, and stream flow.
Location: Portland, Oregon
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.
Little Petroglyph Canyon
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Death Valley National Park, and the Mojave Desert, Calfornia
Little Petroglyph Canyon is the largest concentration of petroglyphs in North America. The area resides in a remote of the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake in the Mojave Desert. We will venture with the Maturango Museum to the location and spend the day exploring this unique cultural treasure. Our group will fly to Las Vegas, then drive through Death Valley to Ridgecrest. We will desert camp for one or two nights.