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COLUMBIA GORGE, MT HOOD

Hiking for the Soul 

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We are not professional hikers, and this is not a traditional hiker blog. We love the outdoors and go as often as we can because we know from experience that hiking is good for the soul.

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It's BBQ season and fireworks season, but with the unprecedented temperatures in Portland this past week, many of the cities around our beautiful state have implemented fireworks bans. When I was a child, we would go to the reservation and buy the big stuff, mortar rounds and M-80's. My grandpa Newt would help us blow stuff up, lighting the fireworks with his blow torch, his eyes full of childlike glee. It was incredibly fun and extremely dangerous, but my brother and I loved it, of course.

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NICK EATON RIDGE COLUMBIA GORGE

A lot of things have changed since then. We've gained some intelligence and lost some along the way. I am not making a statement about which was better. Here in Oregon, we have had a long-time ban of fireworks that fly into the air although it was easy to cross the border into Washington to the other stuff. My ex and I used make the drive when the kids were growing up and we'd have the best fireworks display south of the river. Things have changed again. Especially, the last few years.

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MT HOOD DOLLAR FIRE 2011
MT HOOD DOLLAR FIRE 2011

Let’s take better care of what we have. Pack out what you bring in. As Smokey the Bear said in 1944, “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires,” which is more accurate than his 1947 statement “Only YOU can prevent Forest Fires.” It doesn’t matter how he said it. Tossed cigarettes, smoldering campfires, misuse of fireworks and yes, climate change, are destroying Oregon. If you doubt me, go take a hike.

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It's BBQ season and fireworks season, but with the unprecedented temperatures in Portland this past week, many of the cities around our beautiful state have implemented fireworks bans. When I was a child, we would go to the reservation and buy the big stuff, mortar rounds and M-80's. My grandpa Newt would help us blow stuff up, lighting the fireworks with his blow torch, his eyes full of childlike glee. It was incredibly fun and extremely dangerous, but my brother and I loved it, of course.

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME

TECH SPECS

MARMOT TUNGSTEN UL 3P TENT

3 LBS 12.5 OZ MIN TRAIL WEIGHT

41.3 SQ FT 46" PEAK 2 DOORS

Perfect tent for a claustrophobic chick & her dude & dog. Until we found this tent, we were in a tiny little thing that we called "The Burrito" that weighed just as much or maybe a little more. But I couldn't sleep in it without panic attacks which led to throwing myself from the tent at night, every hour or so. Kind of annoying to all.

 

When we found this amazing tent, I felt as if we had moved from a studio apartment to a mansion. It is now discontinued, but someway, somehow when I went to replace our poor, used & abused tent, after months of looking and prayers on my part, REI came through & we were able to get the same one again. (I should have bought two because it is no longer available, once again.)

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MOUNT SAINT HELENS