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Author Archives: Pat

Welcome!

I’ve been away for quite a while now. My energies have been spent on fighting my cancer since Fall of 2015 and I am just now climbing out of that place and dreaming of new adventures.  I’ll be posting those here and linking them back to FB as I find that FB alone is not … Continue reading »

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A long trip: The Dog Blog

Today was a beautiful one, book-ended by a golden dawn over the Umatilla Valley and a sunset which made the Columbia into a ribbon of beaten bronze. If you have been following my posts over the last week, you are probably asking, “Hey, shouldn’t you be backpacking to an alpine lake in the John Day … Continue reading »

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My thought for the week…

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of … Continue reading »

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An unexpected find…

Being a big guy, (6’7″ & 280) who was interested in upgrading from his Farmer John and paddle jacket to a drysuit, it was looking like I was going to have to have some custom work done so it would fit. I had a couple quotes done for a Kokatat in Gortex and there was … Continue reading »

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Spring…

Sitting in my home office watching the rain and wind buffet the house. I am thinking about how much I want to be out and about in the woods or on the water. I really can’t wait until the weather settles down a bit so I can pick up hiking again. In the mean time … Continue reading »

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Couple Hours on the River

Turned out to be a beautiful day for kayaking. Loaded up early and headed up the Gorge for a couple hours of paddling. Was cool and rather bright for a gray day. Not another boat on the river as far as I could see. Could tell I had not done much over the winter as … Continue reading »

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Its a Long Winter

I am afraid it has been a long winter. I put on some (a lot!) weight and my motivation kind of went out the window… into the rain and gray. I’ve done no kayaking and very little hiking over the last six months. Well, that is changing. I am down 13 lbs and continuing to … Continue reading »

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Elk Meadows

Late getting this up here, but I posted the pictures from my solo (with Anubis…) trip to the SE section of Mt Hood. Camped in Elk Meadow and explored Gnarl Ridge all the way up to the timberline trail. It was wonderful! Check out the pics on my photo page.

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Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

One of my goals for my 50th year is to learn to roll my Kayak. I have been practicing, but I just can’t get it so now I think it is time to try finding an instructor who can help. Here are some of the resources I have been using on the web: http://www.creativepursuits.net/kayaking.htm http://www.nigelkayaks.com/983/159901.html … Continue reading »

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Hiking

“I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through … Continue reading »

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