Pepper and I are gearing up again! We are getting excited to get back outside after a weather roller-coaster winter. It started off great but the ups and downs started in January. There were always signs and anticipation for more snow, but not much panned out. We are mixing it up a little on our latest trip and will put our hip flexors to the test…and hopefully get some good turns to accompany all of the elevation gain.
Portland is such a walkable city that every trip around the city brings new delights. What are my five favorites? Four of my top picks are new to the second edition of my book, Walking Portland, Oregon, but my very favorite appears in both editions. My first introduction to Portland was through reading the Beverly Cleary books aloud to my own sons, and then later to various schoolchildren.
Download and print this free kids activity for Spring (pdf attachment below), featured in the new book, The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer. There are over 448 great outdoor activities to do with your kids in this book. Each of the year’s four seasons includes fifty checklist items, fifty challenge items, projects, destinations,
Ah, the cactus—one of the most interesting and beautiful plants in the desert. Don’t be fooled though, cacti are found in many places other than the Southwest. There are numerous species of cactus spread throughout the United States. We have encountered them on hikes in Missouri, Illinois, and North Dakota, to name a few places. None of the cacti we have encountered though are nearly as cuddly, cute, and dangerous as the semi-aptly named Teddy Bear Cactus.
As we at Falcon gear up for the Association of Partners for Public Lands’ annual trade show in Portland, Ore., this week, we expect that much of the talk there will be about how the sequestration has forced the National Park Service to cut a total of $134 million from sites around the country. Which parks are going to reduce jobs and eliminate programs? Which will close visitor centers and shorten hours? Which will cut the important ranger patrols that help spot fires, save lives, and monitor safety?
It was mid-July when I visited the Eldorado Swimming Pool, and I got there barely in time to beat the morning crowd. My friend Stewart—a Colorado native—had come along to revisit the pool that day, and take photographs. Jeremy Martin, one of the founders of the Eldorado Natural Spring Water bottling company and a current co-owner of the pool, had come out to show us around. Jeremy told me about the history of the bottling company and the swimming pool. We went on a short tour of the grounds, ending with a peek at the source itself: the artesian warm spring.