23
Jun
2014
jloomis

Camping and Fishing at Devil's Lake State Park, Oregon

Picture of Mini-Adventurer and I lounging by the campfire

After a disappointing several months looking for a new home, we finally made time to go camping with our one year old Mini-Adventurer. Katie and I decided to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with our son while staying in a yurt at Devil's Lake State Park near Lincoln City, Oregon. Normally we camp in a tent or our trailer, but decided to try something different. This was our first time in one of the many yurts available in campgrounds across Oregon.

12
Apr
2014
jloomis

Last Snowmobile Ride of 2013/14 Season - Bennett Pass, Oregon

Picture of the "Terrible Traverse" with Mt Hood in the background

I wanted to go out snowmobiling one more time this season before calling it quits this season. My friend John was back from vacation in Panama, so we decided to go riding Saturday out of Bennett Pass SnoPark. The snow is gone from all the lower elevation snoparks, so Bennett Pass was our only option. It's right across from Mt Hood Meadows at almost 4,700' in elevation. We often rider here early and late in the season as it's the first place snow falls and the last place it melts.

30
Mar
2014
jloomis

Clear Lake & Frog Lake Spring Snowmobile Ride

Picture of snowmobiling above Clear Lake, Oregon

Even though it is officially Spring now, I am clinging to winter as long as I can. My reward for loyalty was some fresh snow in the mountains. My friend Nick and I took advantage and drove up to Frog Lake SnoPark early Sunday morning to go snowmobiling in the fresh snow.

27
Mar
2014
jloomis

UCO Lumora LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of UCO Lumora LED Lantern

Features:

from the UCO website: "The UCO Lumora LED Lantern™ is a compact and collapsible lantern that provides up to 180 lumens of light that is comfortable to read by. The Lumora's frosted globe slides down easily to switch between lantern and flashlight modes when you need more focused lighting. The Lumora can also be attached to any tripod, walking stick, or other device with a 1/4-20 mounting screw. The on/off switch controls the brightness of the lantern—

22
Mar
2014
jloomis

Early Spring Climb of Olallie Butte, Oregon

Picture of me climbing Olallie Butte in the snow and ice

After my scouting trip via snowmobile on Thursday afternoon, I decided to head back to Olallie Lake Scenic Area on Saturday to climb Olallie Butte. I have wanted to climb Olallie Butte in the winter for some time as I prefer snow and ice to dust and rocks. Olallie Butte is a shield volcano situated in the Oregon Cascades between Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood. At 7,215 feet tall it is the tallest peak between Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. Most of it lies on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation land except for the Western flank where the trailhead is located.

20
Mar
2014
jloomis

Snowmobiling to Olallie Lake from the Upper Clackamas

Picture of Olallie Lake in the Winter with Mt Jefferson in the background

Since Thursday afternoon was beautiful, I decided to make a quick drive to the Upper Clackamas for a snowmobile trip to Olallie Lake. I had never ridden this route and was curious what the snow conditions were currently like. We received about 10 inches of new snow earlier in the week before the sun came out and warmed things up again.

15
Mar
2014
jloomis

Frog Lake and Frog Lake Buttes Snowmobile Ride

Photo of snowmobiling across frozen Frog Lake

I finished rebuilding the fuel injected engine (top end) on our 2008 Polaris 700 Dragon RMK Friday night. During the rebuild, I discovered the previous owner didn't use Loctite® on the exhaust valve guillotines and after we put just over 100 miles on the sled, they loosened up and started hitting the pistons causing the engine failure. A local dealer said the sled was basically junk without a repaired engine. They gave me an estimate of $1,500-$2,500, so I decided to tackle the project myself.

02
Mar
2014
jloomis

Overnight Stay at Warm Springs Cabin and Snowmobiling to Olallie Lake

Picture of Warm Springs Cabin in the winter

Ever since learning about the Warm Springs Cabin on forest service road 42, I have wanted to snowmobile to it and spend the night. My cards finally lined up and I planned a trip this weekend with a couple friends. The Warm Springs Cabin is maintained by the Mt Hood Snowmobile Club. It's a log cabin with a concrete floor, large wood stove, and sleeping loft.

21
Feb
2014
jloomis

Lots of Deep Powder in Bonney Meadows

Picture of snow covered snowmobile

I had the day off Friday because I was planning on driving to Reno to visit family and go snowmobiling in the Sierras. Unfortunately there is still very little snow in that part of the country, so I booked a plane ticket to Reno on the same flight as my wife and our mini adventurer. That freed up Friday morning so I could take advantage of the fresh snow that had been falling on Mt Hood throughout the week. I met up with another snowmobiler at Frog Lake SnoPark with plans to ride out to Bonney Meadows which is on the Southeast side of Mt. Hood about 1.5 miles NW of Boulder Lake.

16
Feb
2014
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2014 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family after a fun day in the snow

We hosted our second annual family snow day on Sunday. Our relatives from San Diego flew up for the holiday weekend and a fun time in the snow. Until a week ago we were worried we might not have any snow near Frog Lake, but mother nature cooperated. It rained the day before, but Sunday turned out to be perfect.

01
Feb
2014
jloomis

Snowmobiling Near Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling on Frog Lake Buttes, Oregon

After our 2008 Polaris 700 Dragon RMK snowmobile engine burned up on our last trip, my friend John and I decided to buy a new 2014 Polaris 800 Pro RMK snowmobile to replace it. I plan to rebuild the engine on the 700 Dragon RMK, but will probably sell it after it's running again.

Another snowstorm typical of this season (mostly higher elevation snow) rolled through the mountains just before the weekend. Luckily a few inches fell around pass level so there was enough for John and I to test out the new sled near Frog Lake.

25
Jan
2014
jloomis

Pechuck Lookout and Rooster Rock Hike - Table Rock Wilderness, Oregon

Picture of Pechuck Fire Lookout

Katie and I dropped off our mini adventurer at Grandma's on Saturday morning before heading over to the Table Rock Wilderness. Our plan was to hike to Pechuck Fire Lookout from the Rooster Rock trailhead (end of Rooster Rock Road by Molalla River). It is about a 5 mile round-trip hike plus another 2 miles for a short side trip to Rooster Rock which we planned on.

18
Jan
2014
jloomis

Snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near High Prairie/Lookout Mtn, Oregon

We are back into a dry weather pattern in the Pacific Northwest, but there is still some snow in the higher elevations of the Mt Hood National Forest. My friends John and Jordan joined me on Saturday for a snowmobile trip near High Prairie and Lookout Mountain East of Mt Hood. When the snow pack is down lower (around 3,000') one can snowmobile from Little John SnoPark (near intersection of Hwy 35 and NF-44). Unfortunately that is not the case right now.

12
Jan
2014
jloomis

Mt Hood Snowmobiling - Finally some snow, but will it last?

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood, Oregon

Mother Nature finally decided to dump some snow on Mt Hood. Original forecasts called for 1-2 feet of snow at as low as 2,500' elevation. In actuality, the snow never really made it that low. It was a decent storm above 4,000' elevation and great above 5,000' (great for the ski resorts). About 16" of snow fell just above the 4,000' level.

05
Jan
2014
jloomis

Mini Adventurer's First Winter Camping Trip - Hideaway Lake, OR

Picture of winter camping at Hideaway Lake, Oregon

There is still no real mountain snow, so we drove to Hideaway Lake on Saturday which is at about 4,100' elevation. We planned to take our 7 month old Mini Adventurer, Julian, on his first camping trip (in the winter no less!).

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