Adventures

01
Jan
2018
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New Years snow camping at Shellrock Creek Campground

Picture of snow camping at Shellrock Creek Campground

Katie and I wanted to take Julian snow camping again this new year like we did last new year. We like to start and finish the year snow camping. It has been an odd winter so far with alternating low and high snow levels, so I went out scouting for a spot Saturday. We wanted to avoid the crowds near snoparks this year. I found about 6-12 inches of snow at one of my favorite upper Clackamas River areas, Shellrock Creek campground. And I was able to drive my truck there so we wouldn't need the snowmobiles this trip.

23
Dec
2017
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Great powder snowmobile ride to Bonney Meadows, Oregon

We had a couple good snow storms on Mt Hood this week. The latest happened overnight and came down as low as my house! I was really excited when I saw it snowing at home as I was loading the snowmobiles to leave. It was going to be a great trip with my friend John. About a foot of snow fell overnight.

18
Nov
2017
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Snowmobiling from White River East SnoPark

Picture of snowmobiling near White River East SnoPark

We went chasing the recent snowfall on Mt Hood Saturday. My friend Kevin recently bought a new Arctic Cat and he was eager to take it on an inaugural ride. Our plant was to launch from White River East SnoPark and hopefully ride up to Bonney Meadows.

11
Nov
2017
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First snowmobile ride of 2017/18 season - Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

It's nice to see some early season snow this year. Hopefully it will be another good winter. I was busy with projects around the house last season, so I didn't get to enjoy the snow as much as I would have liked.

29
Oct
2017
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Deer hunting 2017 - Upper Clackamas, Oregon

Picture of Fall deer hunt 2017

I didn't apply for any controlled hunts this year, but did buy a general Western deer rifle tag. My friend John and I went up to Hideaway Lake this weekend to see if we could find a buck or two. John went up early Friday and I followed shortly after getting off work a bit early.

26
Jun
2017
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Diamond Lake and Crater Lake, Oregon

Picture of Mt Bailey at sunrise from Diamond Lake, Oregon

It's been a long time (pre-Loomis Adventures), but we finally planned a trip back to Diamond Lake. We took Friday and Monday off to make it a long weekend camping trip. As always, our Mini Adventurer was super excited to go camping. We were meeting my parents (staying at a different campground in their Airstream) and Uncle Pat at Diamond Lake campground.

18
Jun
2017
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Camping SE of Mt Hood

Picture of our camp on top of a hill

My friend Tyler and I decided to go camping this weekend near where we have hunted in the past on the SE side of Mt Hood. We were hoping our friends John and Ryan would join us, but they weren't able to this trip. Tyler and I met up at the hwy 35/48 junction and then continued on forest service road 4860 to look for a camping spot.

29
May
2017
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Camping and Fishing Fall River, Oregon

Picture of Julian playing in the snow near Elk Lake, Oregon

Katie, Julian, and I spent the Memorial Day weekend camping in Central Oregon at Fall River camp ground. This is one of my favorite places in the area. It is a primitive campground with no potable water and rarely crowded. We were able to easily find a spot when we arrived on Friday.

05
Mar
2017
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Olallie Lake, So much snow!

Picture of Olallie Lake in the winter

John and I spent the weekend camping at Skyline SnoPark and snowmobiling to Olallie Lake. We brought John's camper this trip. It is about a 34 mile snowmobile ride to Olalllie Lake from Skyline SnoPark.

19
Feb
2017
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Family Snow Day 2017 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day at Frog Lake, Oregon

After changing our plans last minute due to flight cancellations in San Diego, our Family Snow Day 2017 took place on Sunday. We had only ten of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was perfect with partly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.We had sun breaks and snow showers.

18
Feb
2017
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Snowshoeing from White River SnoPark, Oregon

Picture of snowshoeing along White River, Oregon

My sister Jessica and her boyfriend Nathan came to visit us this weekend from Nevada. We had a full weekend planned with lots of snow play. On Saturday we all decided to head to White River Sno-Park (off hwy 35) to snowshoe up to Boy Scout Ridge. This hike is about 2-2.5 miles (~1,800' elevation gain) depending on how far up you go and can have great views when the sun is out. It has been some years since we were last here and I am sure it was on another poor weather day.

01
Jan
2017
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New Years Eve Snow Camping at Little John Sno-Park, Oregon

Katie, Julian, and I decided to spend New Years Eve snow camping at Little John Sno-Park. Julian wasn't interested in snowmobiling this trip, so we left the big sleds at home. Little John Sno-Park is a low elevation sno-park (3,300') just of hwy 35 between Mt Hood Meadows and Parkdale

10
Dec
2016
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Snow camping and snowmobiling - Little John Sno-Park, Oregon

Picture of snow camping at Little John Sno-Park

My friend John and I played hooky from work Friday and headed up to Little John Sno-Park on the East side of Mt Hood to snow camp and snowmobile. We waited to leave town until the freezing rain from overnight had thawed out enough to safely drive. We arrived at Little John Sno-Park just before noon to snow showers and a temperature of 14°F. There was one other vehicle in the parking lot and lots of snow. Little John Sno-Park is a low elevation sno-park (3,300') just of hwy 35 between Mt Hood Meadows and Parkdale. It is not often we find this much snow here. I was excited.

03
Dec
2016
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Snowmobiling from Frog Lake Sno Park

Picture of snowmobiling near Frog Lake Buttes

My friend Kevin and I went snowmobiling from Frog Lake Sno Park on Saturday morning. We arrived just before 8 AM to a slushy parking lot and a temperature around 32°F with wet snow showers. We were one of the first ones there, but I wasn't expecting f very busy day as there is still not very much snow in the lower elevations around Mount Hood.

02
Dec
2016
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Family snowmobile adventure near Lookout Mountain

Picture of Katie and Julian snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Katie and I both took Friday off to celebrate my birthday up in the snow. We had hoped to go snow camping, but the weather was not looking good overnight (rain in the forecast instead of snow). We ended up going snowmobiling for the day near Lookout Mountain (same place we were two weeks ago).

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