19
Nov
2016
jloomis

Playing in the snow near Lookout Mountain

Picture of Katie and Julian playing in the snow near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Katie, our Mini-Adventurer, and I drove up to the base of Lookout Mountain (about 6,000' elevation) Saturday to play in the snow. We took Katie's Ford Escape for the first time in the snow and it handled amazingly well. No skill was needed to keep it safely on the road. We came across several other people out having fun in the snow. There was maybe 5-6" of snow by the time we made it to High Prairie (the base of Lookout Mountain). The weather was mostly cloudy with only a calm breeze and right around freezing. It was shaping up to be a beautiful day.

17
Nov
2016
jloomis

Not quite enough snow yet for the 2016/17 snowmobile season

Picture of early season snowmobiling at Bennett Pass, Oregon

We had our first real snow storm Tuesday night into Wednesday. The snow came down below pass level on Mt Hood finally. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever get cold with the record warm days we have been having this month. Being the first storm and a forecast of rising snow levels this weekend, I took Thursday off to see if there was enough snow to snowmobile. I took my friend Kevin and we headed to my customary early season riding area at Bennett Pass Sno Park.

11
Oct
2016
tylerwalts

Coleman Rio Inflatable Kayak Review

Product Rating: 
5

I first became interested in getting an inflatable kayak after hearing about someone taking one out regularly on the coast, which until then I had not thought would be a good idea. I did some research and found that inflatable boats can be quite robust! I decided to buy the Coleman Sevylor Rio because it seemed like the best one available on Amazon (plus free Prime shipping), and I've always had good luck with Coleman brand items in the past.

20
Aug
2016
jloomis

Trouble on the Willamette River

Picture of busted outboard lower unit from hitting a rock

We took the boat out again on Saturday, this time with my parents. This was their second attempt for the season. The first time we had motor troubles (the starter blew up and we never left the boat ramp).

Today we launched from Meldrum Bar on the Willamette River just downstream from Oregon City. My Grandpa was with us too, so we had four generations aboard.

19
Aug
2016
jloomis

Fun with family on the Columbia River

Picture of family enjoying our boat in the Columbia River

With upper 90's forecast for the weekend we got an earlier start at the boat ramp Friday (Chinook Landing). We met my sister and her family at the ramp. Everyone piled in (8 of us total) and we cruised downstream. It was windy which helped it feel a little cooler. We tried to find a calm place to anchor, but the current was ripping everywhere.

14
Aug
2016
jloomis

Tubing on the Columbia River

Picture of Me, Katie, and Julian tubing behind our boat

On Sunday we took our friends, Jordan and Melanie, out on our boat to have some fun on the Columbia River. It was busy, but still plenty of parking at Chinook Landing when we arrived around 10:30 am.

We headed upriver and found a spot to anchor downriver from Rooster Rock. We tossed the tube out and Julian had a blast just floating around.

07
Aug
2016
jloomis

Catalpa Lake Hike - Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

Picture of us at Catalpa Lake, Oregon

We decided it would be fun to go on a day hike Thursday while we were camping along Barlow Creek. We started from Barlow Creek campground (actually right across the creek from the campground) following Bonney Meadows trail #471 for about 2 miles. This trail intersects Catalpa Lake trail #535 (about 3/4 of a mile) just before it ends at FS road 250. The hike is approximately 5.5 miles round-trip with 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

07
Aug
2016
jloomis

Camping near Barlow Crossing Campground - Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

Picture of Julian camping near Barlow Crossing

We took most of the week off to go camping as a family near Barlow Crossing Campground in the Mount Hood National Forest. The campground is off forest service road 43 near its junction with road 48 on the SE side of Mt Hood. We left on Tuesday morning and arrived just after noon.

30
Jul
2016
jloomis

Boating on the Columbia River - Chinook Landing to Rooster Rock

Picture of boating on the Columbia River, Oregon

After getting our boat fixed (bad starter) we were eager to take it out and enjoy our beautiful Oregon summer. We took Katie's mom and friend Tracy out with us Saturday. We launched at Chinook Landing around 10 am. It was crowded due to a outrigger canoe race taking place Saturday.

We headed upriver toward Rooster Rock. We found a nice wide stretch of the Columbia River where there was very little boat traffic and calm conditions. It was perfect for Julian to experience his first time being pulled behind the boat in an inner-tube.

26
Jun
2016
jloomis

"I want to stay forever and ever"- Bonney Crossing Campground

Picture of Julian practicing casting his fishing rod

With a beautiful weekend forecast, we decided to go tent camping to Bonney Crossing campground with our friend John. Bonney Crossing is a small (less than 10 sites) primitive (no drinking water) campground at the Eastern edge of the Badger Creek Wilderness right along Badger Creek. It is located off FS road 2710 (about 2.5 miles North of Rock Creek Reservoir as the crow flies). Wamic is the closest town.

15
May
2016
jloomis

Stansport 700 Lumen Cree LED Lantern Review

Product Rating: 
3
Picture of Stansport 700 Lumen Cree LED Lantern

Features:

From Stansport, "The Stansport Cree LED Lantern gives off an amazing 700 lumens, making it one of the brightest battery lanterns on the market! This powerhouse is capable of lighting up the campsite, the inside of the largest tents, and even rooms at home during a power outage. The rubber coated housing makes the Cree LED 700 lantern ideal for the rugged outdoors."

The Stansport 700 lumen Cree LED lantern is water resistant, features a carry handle, and has three lighting modes (high, low, and strobe).

10
May
2016
jloomis

Shad fishing with my family on the Willamette River

Picture of shad fishing with my family on the Willamette River

Shad have started going over Bonneville Damn, so that means its time to start fishing the Willamette River for them. Katie has every other Tuesday off from work, so I have decided to leave early from work on corresponding Tuesdays to take the whole family shad fishing.

01
May
2016
jloomis

A quick fishing trip to Rock Creek Reservoir

I haven't been fishing in awhile and when my friend John suggested we go trout fishing sometime, I thought of Rock Creek Reservoir. It's a 100 acre (when full in the spring) reservoir and is stocked several times in the Spring with rainbow trout. It shrinks down to a pond by the end of summer. Rock Creek Reservoir is located in Tygh Valley within the Mount Hood National Forest. It's about 6 miles WSW of the town of Wamic. Rock Creek Campground is located on the Southeast shore of the lake and has 33 sites with water and outhouses nearby.

13
Mar
2016
jloomis

Finally a spring snowstorm worthy of another snowmobile trip

Picture of snowmobiling near High Rock, Oregon

Snow levels have finally come back down to pass level, so my friend John and I went snowmobiling near Mt Hood on Sunday. We were the only ones at Skyline Sno Park. Most of the snow at pass level had melted since we were last up. But luckily there was enough new snow to cover the bare spots.

13
Feb
2016
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2016 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day 2016 near Frog Lake, Oregon

After not being able to host our annual family snow day last year due to a lack of snow, we were happy to continue with our tradition this weekend. We had eighteen of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was nearly perfect with mostly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.

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