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Blue Pool

Yep, it's really that blue. That's it -- no filters. The downside is it's a well-known destination. You have to navigate mountain bikers, lines of hikers, dogs, and people taking selfies as they jump into it. Still, it's worth it.... Continue Reading →

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Exploring the Cascades

Bend has its slogans: Living at its best or My life is your vacation. Still, these slogans are only cool if you're actually fulfilling them. Sometimes, I forget to get out into the wild places in my own backyard. The broad strokes of the... Continue Reading →

The Superbloom in Death Valley

We arrived in Death Valley as the famed superbloom subsided. . Still, a few steps off the road, life surprised us everywhere we looked. Seeds lie dormant for years, waiting for the perfect conditions to erupt. Then, they bloom violently. Desert... Continue Reading →

Birding in Death Valley

It was Elsa's birthday and Elsa wanted to go birding so ... we awoke early breakfastedand searched for birds. There's not a lot of easy-to-see wildlife in Death Valley. We decided to seek out birds where there was water. There... Continue Reading →

Badwater Basin

This is what I always imagined when I thought of Death Valley -- these salt flats which held the bragging rights for years of being the lowest place in the western hemisphere (until Laguna del Carbon was discovered). Standing there,... Continue Reading →

Artist’s Palette in Death Valley

This sweet little five-spot greeted us from the rocks. Isn't it so delicate and sweet among the rocks -- so fresh and new among the billion-year time pieces? Even these leathery desert blooms caused me to stop and admire. Artist's... Continue Reading →

Slot Canyon Hike: Making Room for Memories

There are over 5000 square miles to explore in Death Valley National Park. Rather than trying to cover it all, which meant getting in the car, we opted for a few hikes near our campsite in Texas Springs campground. On... Continue Reading →

Traveling to Death Valley

By spring break, I was desperate for sun, warm sun. We have a lot of sunny days in Central Oregon, but the heat doesn't usually hit until July. So, we packed up and set out toward Death Valley. Getting ready... Continue Reading →

Nature-Stops

Paul gave the girls a couple of mini nature-study lessons out on our forest walk. Probably the most important thing to do when studying nature is to stop and look. Very little children do this naturally. I remember trying to... Continue Reading →

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