January 5, 2015

Christmas has come and gone, and no doubt you got a REI, LL Bean, Dick's, or Cabelas gift card for Christmas. What to use the card on you ask? Well, if you have some extended paddling trips scheduled this year, like Paddle Oregon 2015, now is the ideal time to start th...

November 9, 2014

Who knew the weather in November could be so beautiful and perfect for paddling, but it was when I led a group of twelve paddlers today on a trip up Beaver Creek. With full sunshine and hardly a breeze, we set out to explore Beaver Creek as far as we could legally go.


October 10, 2014

What's one to do when the weather is sunny and warm in early October? Go paddling, what else. I spent the day with six other paddlers exploring Lost Lake at the base of Mt. Hood. I have to admit I hadn't paddled Mt. Hood since the mid-eighties, so this trip to Mt. Hood...

October 4, 2014

Fall colors are a little late in arriving, but that didn't stop approximately 30 paddlers from participating in the Tualatin Riverkeepers' annual Fall Colors Paddle. Even though most trees are still dressed in green, no wind, plenty of sunshine, and warmth made for a g...

September 20, 2014

A strong wind started blowing almost from the moment I got out of my sleeping bag. Looking out over the lake, I could see it full of whitecaps. This was the windiest day I had experienced since my arrival on Thursday.

After breakfast my group of paddlers from Kayak Port...

September 19, 2014

Today the weather was much nicer. There was no wind, and the lake was like glass.

My campsite is directly across from two small islands, the smallest one has a Zen rock garden on it.

After a hardy breakfast of waffles, scrambled eggs, and bacon, then cleaning up the morn...

September 18, 2014

I loaded up my cooler and canoe in my vehicle and set out at nine to head south to Waldo Lake. It had rained during the night, and some rain was forecast for the area today. I hoped that the day and the pavement would remain dry while I traveled to the lake.

The drive t...

September 6, 2014

I led 12 kayakers on a tour of Beaver Creek this morning. We set out from the boat ramp opposite Brian Booth State Park and paddled to the beach before turning around and paddling upstream three miles to the second foot bridge. We couldn't go any farther because the cr...

July 19, 2014

I escorted a group of four paddlers on an overnight trip down a section of the Willamette River beginning at Grand Island and ending at Rogers Landing in Newberg.

The weather was sunny and hot—in the low 90s—making it necessary for us to seek shelter from time to time i...

July 3, 2014

I decided to check out the paddling conditions at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge and made arrangements with Meagan Campbell, a USFWS volunteer, to accompany her as she led a group of paddlers on an evening paddle through the refuge.

Having driven past the refug...

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