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Quitting Grapes

Must have been sometime after 1980 when, once and for all, I resolved to quit working grapes. It was a god-awful hot afternoon and I was harvesting pinot noir (?)…

AV: Alien Evaluations?

AV: Alien Evaluations?

I must have been five or six years old when I saw the first movie that scared the bejesus out of me. It hit Big Screens Everywhere in the summer…

Winning The West

I read somewhere that if you took all those who died along the Oregon and California forks of the Immigrant Trail and made them into highway markers they’d appear every…

Wanderlust

I’ve wanted to get to Goose Lake ever since I was a little boy in LA and I spotted it on a map. Lying about 2/3rds in California and the…

Wits End

One nice thing about getting my second book, Turned Round in My Boots (Heyday) published, was that it got me re-connected with a half dozen of my old army buddies.…

Christmas Valley

Trish, Jeff and I are on a hike and we’ve just arrived atop the crooked, molar-toothed rim of a mile-round, 350-foot-tall basaltic tuff ring called Fort Rock, which is Christmas…

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…

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