20
Jun
2015
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Wahclella Falls hike - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Picture of Mini Adventurer at Wahclella Falls trailhead

It was just Julian and I Saturday, so we decided to go on a hike to Wahclella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. This is an easy 2 mile round trip family friendly hike on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. The trailhead is near exit 40 off I-84. It is an out and back hike with a loop about three quarters of the way in. The trail passes Munra Falls (literally feet away) before ending at Wahclella Falls.

07
Jun
2015
jloomis

Camping at Rock Creek Reservoir and fun on a Polaris RZR

Picture of Katie and Mini Adventurer in Polaris RZR 900

It has been awhile since we last camped at Rock Creek Reservoir, so we booked a couple sites and took off early Friday for a fun weekend of camping. It was one of the only weekends I was able to find sites suitable for our trailer. Rock Creek Reservoir is a 100 acre lake (when full in the Spring) located in Tygh Valley within the Mt Hood National Forest (SE side of Mt Hood). The lake is about 6 miles WSW of the town of Wamic and is stocked several times each Spring with rainbow trout.

24
May
2015
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Fall River fly fishing - Deschutes N.F., Oregon

Picture of Mini Adventurer with fly rod at Fall River, Oregon

Before heading to Sunriver on Friday morning to spend Memorial Day weekend with our family, we stopped to fly fish nearby Fall River. It is a relatively short cold spring fed river that flows into the Deschutes River. There are rainbow, brown, and brook trout that call Fall River home. Fishing is restricted to artificial barbless flies.

26
Apr
2015
jloomis

Springers on the Willamette, I wish!

My friend John invited me salmon fishing again. We launched at the Swan Island boat ramp hoping to finally catch a chinook on the Willamette River. John's friend Kirk was also with us.

18
Apr
2015
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Camping and trout fishing at Lake Harriet, Oregon

Picture of fishing at Lake Harriet, Oregon

John's friend Joe plans an annual guys camping trip near Lake Harriet every year around the trout stocking schedule. This years trip fell in the middle of April and John invited me to join them.

Lake Harriet is a 22 acre reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River. It is located about 47 miles Southeast of Portland. There is a campground on the East end (upriver end) hosting 11 primitive sites.

09
Apr
2015
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Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls loop hike - Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Picture of Fairy Falls - Columbia Gorge, Oregon

I had the whole day Wednesday with my Mini-Adventurer, so we took advantage of the weather and headed to the Columbia River Gorge for a waterfall hike. Ever since we moved out to the country with a small creek on our property, he has been enamored with water. I figured a hike full of waterfalls would really impress him. Our plan was to hike the Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls loop. It's just under 5 miles round-trip.

07
Apr
2015
jloomis

Spring snowmobiling around Bennett Pass and Badger Lake, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Bennett Pass, Oregon

After seeing very little snow this winter, I was happy to see a few Spring snow storms roll over the Mt Hood area the past week. Enough snow fell in the higher elevations to afford me another snowmobile trip. It's like Christmas in April!

06
Apr
2015
jloomis

Salmon fishing on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers

After dropping my son off at Grandma's for the day, I met my friend John at the Swan Island boat ramp to try my hand at catching a chinook. John and his dad were nice enough to pick me up in their boat with everything ready to go.

28
Feb
2015
jloomis

Not much of a winter on Mt Hood 2014-15

Picture of snowmobiling up Bonney Butte, Oregon

This has been one of the warmest winters in Oregon that I can remember. We have had very little snow accumulation in the mountains and no snowpack at pass level. It has been a disappointing season for snowmobiling. One positive is many roads are open that are usually impassable by passenger vehicles in the winter. This fact allowed my friend John and I to drive to the little bit of higher elevation snow that does exist.

04
Jan
2015
jloomis

Snow camping near Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

I wanted to take advantage of the snow while it's around, so I planned a snow camping trip with my friend John. I had Friday after New Years off, so I went up alone and spent the day scouting out a spot and setting up camp for the weekend. I had to make two trips pulling gear behind my snowmobile since I was alone. I found a secluded spot just below Frog Lake Buttes (right above Green Lake). The weather was pleasant Friday and the snow still deep up higher.

28
Dec
2014
jloomis

Tons of snow! Snowmobile ride to Bonney Meadows and more.

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood

Almost a foot of fresh snow fell this weekend around Mt Hood. My friend Jordan and I drove up to Frog Lake SnoPark for a fun day of snowmobile riding. I was sure just how much snow had fallen in the area, but I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the snopark Sunday morning. I nearly got my truck stuck parking, due to how much fresh snow was on the ground.

26
Dec
2014
jloomis

Snow on Mt Hood, but will it last?

Picture of snowmobiling on Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

Merry Christmas! While we didn't get a white Christmas in town, Mt Hood finally received about 4-10" of snow at pass level. I had Friday off from work, so I decided to go up to Frog Lake SnoPark and check it out.

07
Dec
2014
jloomis

Snow Camping and Lookout Mountain Hike

Picture of snow camping near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Its looking like another late year for snow unfortunately. I have had a snow camping trip planned for months with friends, but it was shaping up to be more of a wet weekend than a snowy one. We waited until the last minute to choose our destination hoping snow would come. Unfortunately that was not the case. We all took Friday off and I headed up early in the morning. Our destination was High Prairie just below Lookout Mountain at about 6,000 feet elevation. High Prairie is East of Mount Hood about 45 minutes (26 miles) from Government Camp off Hwy 35.

30
Nov
2014
jloomis

A futile hunt for snow: snowmobiling near Little John SnoPark

Picture of little amount of snow on East side of Mt Hood

Most of our mountain snow melted during the week, but some fresh snow fell this weekend. I found reports of snowfall amounts from a couple inches to almost a foot! I was excited to get out snowmobiling again, so I convinced my friend John to go up Sunday morning with me. Our plan was to head to Little John SnoPark and drive up road 44 as high as we needed to before unloading the snowmobiles.

25
Nov
2014
jloomis

HMK Cascade Jacket Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of HMK Cascade Jacket

Features:

The new Cascade snowmobile jacket by HMK features XR-Platinum 3-layer weatherproof technology (windproof/waterproof/breathable). This lightweight durable shell is fully seam sealed and has laser cut vapor vents on the collar. The Cascade jacket sports YKK AquaGuard waterproof zippers and forward facing zippered ventilation and back ventilation. There are plenty of pockets including a goggle pocket as well as reflective piping for better visibility. A powder skirt, lycra wrist gaiters, and bottom hem adjustable draw cord round out the features.

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