Tag: trails

The season of giving to charities

The end of the year brings the holidays, parties, shopping, decorating and trimming the Christmas tree. It also is the time of year that charities focus on year-end donations. Giving USA shares that total charitable giving in the United States reached more than $298.4 billion in 2011. Individuals contributed 73 percent of that amount. 2

My favorite hidden (outdoor) gem

The past few summers I’ve focused much on day hikes and backpacking trips, with a little biking and rock climbing tossed in. This summer though, we focused on biking, lots of biking and fun. And in our quest to bike, we discovered a wonderful trail only 20 minutes from home. 2 The Macomb Orchard Trail (MOT)

Let’s hope it doesn’t explode (again)

Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 There’s really not much to be said for Crater Lake National Park except “WOW.” Seriously, everywhere you look as you hike around this intensely blue, breathtaking lake is awe-inspiring. 2 Crater Lake has an interesting history. The lake is five miles wide and 1,943 feet deep, making it the deepest lake

I felt really small beside that tree

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 Our morning started early as we headed down the coast, crossing into California (stopping to take pictures of course). Our first stop was the Trees of Mystery, which is located in the center of the National Redwood Park. Visitors are greeted by a statue of Paul Bunyan, standing at 49’ 2”

Miles of mountains

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 The next day we left the hotel early to begin our journey along the Infinity Loop, the scenic drive that includes the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, the Oregon Trail and more. Of course we had to begin the day with a stop at Starbucks (thanks to my sweet mom who