Best Places To Visit Near Portland, Oregon for Nature Lovers

Top 5 Weekend Getaways & Day Trips from Portland Few American cities have such an abundance of nearby nature than Portland, Oregon. From the Cascades volcanoes to lush waterfalls, a spectacular coastline and pristine forests, there’s something to do for everyone. If you like being outdoors, you’ll certainly enjoy the following places to visit near […]

Oregon Hiking Guide Books

Hike Mt. Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, Oregon Beaches These hiking guides tell you how to find the best of Oregon outdoors from the coast to lush evergreen forests to river canyons and the high desert. Oregon is a paradise for outdoor lovers. The varied landscape offers dense evergreen forests, ocean beaches, mountains, […]

Hiking The Trail to Oregon’s Drift Creek Falls

Coastal Trail Offers Fall Color, Suspension Bridge, and Waterfall Oregon’s coastal mountains are well known for dense fir forests and beautiful waterfalls. Drift Creek Falls trail offers both, plus a spectacular suspension bridge. This moderate mile and a half trail lie just 12 miles east of Oregon’s coastal Highway 101, south of Lincoln City. Beautiful […]

Gold Beach Oregon

Oregon’s Banana Belt is a Haven for Artists & Summer Adventurers Gold Beach may be famous for its Gold Rush-era name, but it is its sparkling beaches, spectacular views, and intriguing river haunts that have put the town on the map. Situated on a strip of coastline referred to as the Oregon Coast’s “Banana Belt”, […]

Dude Ranch Vacations in Idaho, Washington and Oregon

Singles and families find adventure travel and vacation package deals at dude ranches in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon during spring, summer, and fall. A variety of dude ranches in the Northwest states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon afford the opportunity to experience real cowboy life. Vacationers can discover what it’s like to be part of […]

Joblessness spurs quest to help others

We’ve Got Time to Help is a small but growing organization with the goal of helping people in Portland and the surrounding area. As their blog states, “We are a group of people that have found some extra time on our hands. Most of us have been laid off and are having a tough time […]

Cheap Manure in Portland

If you are an urban gardener as I am, you know the value of manure. It retains moisture, breaks down compacted soil, is rich with nutrients, and works magic in the garden. And who doesn’t want manure that’s ready to use without waiting six to nine months for it to compost? Most of us want […]

Urban Gardening in Portland

Urban gardening is thriving here in Portland and the organization Growing Gardens makes sure low-income Portland residents can enjoy food security by growing organic vegetables in their own yards. The goal of Growing Gardens is to get at the root of hunger by empowering families with the knowledge and experience they need to affordably grow […]

8 Awesome Reasons to Live in Portland

Top Reasons to Move to Portland It’s so easy to forget to value the uniqueness of a community once we’ve lived somewhere a few years. After ten years spent enjoying the magnificence of Alaska, I remember blandly greeting a friend’s wonder with, “Oh, yeah, the eagles. You see them all the time.” Since relocating to […]

Therapy dog provides healing power of fur

It’s a quiet Tuesday and I’m scheduled to meet Zadok, a beautiful eight-year-old Akita, in the front lobby of the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas. When I arrive he’s already surrounded by admirers, so I wait for my turn. Zadok’s owner, Julie Burk from Damascus, has graciously allowed me to follow along as she […]

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