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Natural Wonders

When I learned that Oregon, in addition to having an official State Flower, an official State Bird, Fish, Gem and what all, also has seven officially designated Natural Wonders, it…

Misery Ridge

Misery Ridge

Abel is over from Portland. It’s a couple of hours past sunrise and, along with Trisha and Jeff, we’re standing atop a fat fingertip of rimrock overlooking a perfect horseshoe…

Chaining the Land

About 30 years ago the master surveyor, the late Don McMath, told me about how, back in the middle of the 17th Century, Europe’s first large-scale scientific land survey took…

Among The Provincials

So one sunny afternoon up there the deputy rounds a bend and finds himself tailgating an ancient but sparkling clean one-ton pickup truck doing exactly 55mph.…

The Great Missoula Floods

Not many rivers on earth have blasted through mountain ranges. The Bramhaputra River, which rises on the Tibetan Plateau and flows into the Bay of Bengal, cuts through the Himalayas…

Occupied

When, in Vietnam, a friend of ours got his arm blown off, my holemate, the son of a cross-country trucker out of Augusta, Georgia, stomped, spat and snarled in disgust,…

Killing GI Jane

Killing GI Jane

I’m channel surfing when I happen upon some congressional hearings dealing with the systematic cover-up of the rape of female soldiers within the military. 3,553 alleged sexual assaults were reported…

Oregon’s Banana Belt

I bet you didn’t know that Oregon has a Banana Belt. Yup, up here the Crooked River country is famous as a land of sunshine and warmth, monkeys and ocelots.…

Sado-Medicine

Sado-Medicine

After exiting her chair and opening the door of the examination room, the doctor pivoted around and glared at me. “Social Services?” She asked. “We don’t have any social services…

Pioneer Heritage

Over on the Snake River Plateau the old Immigrant Trail split into its Oregon and California forks. The first thing the westering bull-whackers saw as they came up near was…

High-Low Country

Driving across the Grande Ronde River Valley was like being a backseat kid again and taking in the side window scenery along old US Hwy. 99 through the San Joaquin…

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