Podcast in Quotes: Episode 1: I (Ben) talk with Jesse about how the southern Oregon woods and wilderness were a central part of his childhood and how hiking as an adult relates to it.
Podcast in Quotes – Episode 3: I talk to Dominic about hiking around and exploring public and trust lands in Europe.
Being homebound during the week got me out for the weekend. Yesterday was for a big loop ride. Rode all day, and even stopped for a break for a short hike to catch-up with a friend south of home. But just after Redmond, I had to stop for a shot of these senior members of … More Hikes and Rides
…the woods and urban areas: the homeless are generally not allowed. I’ll expand on this further down. On an errand in town I wonder if the emptiness of the bus strictly reflects unemployment, or also people switching to safer modes of transport. I still shoot out to the woods of the coastal range partly because … More There’s a connection between…
I did get out recently for time among the trees and critters. This time of resurgence of people heading to the accessible and established trails has me finding little used areas near them. Walking in them offers something peaceful contrasting with goings on in the city. My neighborhood is about the same, but downtown isn’t. … More In the greenery
…different it feels exploring knowing that sit-down stops at a diners or coffee shops are not yet again routine, not quite yet allowed. A stop for the magic of something as simple as a chocolate chip cookie dipped in coffee, and that partially dissolved chocolate found in the last sip. All these tricks we’ve done … More I noticed while riding how…
…last weekend that the reason progressives are going to cast the fear vote in November (vote for the “lesser of two evils”) is that they are trained to think just in four-year spans or less. And by thinking ahead by only four years at most, they’ve maintained decades of Democrat-Republican office holders taking us to … More It occurred to me on the trail…
Well, a hiking buddy invited me on a short weekend backpacking trip. If the trail’s not still snowed in, we’ll get up to about 4500 ft. She is ambitious, so we’ll probably get up there even if there is snow. We will be on the other side of that mountain that’s in the background. I … More Starting the Season
Podcast in Quotes – Episode 2: I (Ben) talk to Kurt about when and how spending time camping and on trails started in his life and what purpose it’s served.
To avoid the crowds returning to the trails, I tried bushwhacking a short distance today in a seldom visited area near no trailheads. I hadn’t done this in years. The negotiating and balancing make it surprisingly strenuous compared to on-trail. It makes me understand part of the reason wildlife is made up of such lean … More Off-trail