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And away I go


Haven’t posted in some time, but in have good reasons I swear. They mostly come in the form of a new house and a beautiful baby daughter.

As anyone knows, such earth-moving events can keep you still for a time, and make you reflect.

That being said, I am back on the road. 30L MEC bag holding all my worldly goods for a week working in the UK. My usual gypsy-camp washing system will let me get away with 3 sets of clothes and gym gear.

See you all in transit.



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January 25, 2014 · 3:41 pm

Hiking Trails – Angel’s Rest, Oregon


Beautiful leg burning trail with a stellar view of the river. It is spoiled only by its fame, expect to share the trail with anyone and everyone. Even during my trip up this 5 mile out and back in the morning, with a ton of rain, I had at least two dozen trail mates that I shared the way up and the peak with.

Overall though for it’s views and proximity to Portland itself, it’s worth a trip.

My favorite views of the hike were the Giants Face (sleeping giant outcropping)…


And the two shelf overlooks…


Bring a camera. Even on a rainy day like mine, the changing Oregon weather will give you a spectacular view.

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May 31, 2013 · 1:51 pm

Restaurants Worth the Trip – Cartlandia


On the less well-to-do West side of Portland off 82nd Avenue is the famous cluster of food trucks called ‘Cartlandia’.

Bring cash and an appetite.

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May 30, 2013 · 6:23 pm

Gear I Like – Salomon Synapse Mid-High WP Train Runners


I have been looking for some time for a pair of light, waterproof boots to take with me on short notice scrambles and peak-bags. Its hard to find hybrids that are tough enough for rocky terrain, supportive enough for uphills and downhills and waterproof enough for the unpredictable weather of places like the PNW.

Salomon to the rescue. Although technically trail-runners these affordably prices boots are burly enough that their goretex exteriors and rubber outsole and toe cap resisted my best efforts to tear them up on Cougar Mt. loop trails outside Seattle and Angels Rests rocky terrain in Portland. Both hikes were between 5-6 miles and both had me caught in rain on several occasions with sloppy trail conditions.

The only moisture in these boots when I took them off was from me. Even that had vented well enough that my socks were bone dry seconds after coming out (Smartwool hikers).

The toggle and lock system of laces kept my heel jammed down in the constant uphills and downhills and my feet (abused by 15 miles walking through Manhattan a week before in Nikes) came out non the worse for wear.

The wide luggy soles were grippy on slick wet rocks, mud and compressed gravel all through both hikes. The mid high cut even gave a bit of ankle support.

My only nitpick would be the lack of arch support… but if you need it you’re already used to putting in your own insoles.

So if you’re a guy looking for a great blend between a hiker and a trail runner this total winner in my books and great for the price.

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May 30, 2013 · 3:40 pm

Restaurants worth the Trip – Beatersville in Portland


Grabbed some breakfast the morning after a long late night drive from Seattle into the island. Good coffee and great short order breakfasts. Nice and quiet around 10am and great friendly staff. If you’re looking for a nice eclectic morning spot in central Portland, check it out!

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April 25, 2013 · 11:54 am

MacDonald/Cartier has the right idea…

Rocking chairs with a view in the gate area. What a great airport.20130329-135742.jpg

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March 29, 2013 · 11:57 am

Living in a Van, down by the ocean, in Van.


I had to stop and take a picture of the ultimate surfer mobile home. Solar panels, surf boards on the roof, tent drying on the hood.

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February 14, 2013 · 5:32 pm