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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.

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
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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.

06
Feb
2016
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Snowmobiling around Mt Hood, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood, Oregon

I took my brother-in-law Scott snowmobiling Saturday near Mt Hood. We unloaded from Frog Lake SnoPark and had beautiful weather. The temperature started just below freezing and warmed into the upper 30's. The trails were packed snow with consolidated snow off trail.

24
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Elk Lake - Detroit Ranger District, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Elk Lake, Oregon

The annual snow camping trip with my friend Kyle had finally arrived. Unfortunately the weather forecast was less than stellar, with rain in the mountains in January. That's Western Oregon for you: never predictable which makes planning anything in advance difficult.

10
Jan
2016
jloomis

Twin Lakes Snowshoeing with our Mini Adventurer

Picture of Katie and Julian snowshoeing to Trillium Lake, Oregon

It has been a while since Katie and I have snowshoed, so we finally planned a trip Sunday to Twin Lakes. Our Mini Adventurer traveled along on my back. Twin Lakes are a pair of hike-in lakes near Frog Lake about 8 miles SE of Government Camp, Oregon. It's about a 2.2 mile hike each way to the first lake (the bigger of the two). It was a beautiful day today with the temperature around 28°F with partly cloudy skies. Frog Lake SnoPark was already packed with dog sled racers by the time we arrived around 8:15 AM.

09
Jan
2016
jloomis

Barlow Creek and Bonney Meadows Snowmobile Ride

Picture of snowmobiling at Bonney Meadows, Oregon

While Julian spent the day with "Grammy", Katie and I went to the mountain to snowmobile. Originally we planned to ride from Frog Lake SnoPark, but it was too busy with dog sled races, so we ended up nearby at Skyline SnoPark. It was snowing lightly and about 24°F which was quite a bit warmer than last weekend.

02
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Clear Lake, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Clear Lake, Oregon along Clear Creek

It's the new year, so it's time for another adventure - snow camping with a two year old. Even through we were working around a toddler's schedule, we still managed to leave only 15 minutes later than I wanted. Luckily we still made it to Skyline SnoPark before it became crowded. It was 9°F when we arrived with moderate wind and snow flurries. It was definitely going to be a cold snow camping trip.

31
Dec
2015
jloomis

Setting up snow camp for the New Year

Picture of snow camping gear hauled in by snowmobile

I had the last day of 2015 off today, so I took advantage and went up to the mountain to set up snow camp for tomorrow. I found a nice snow camping spot along Clear Creek not far from Skyline SnoPark a couple weeks ago, so Katie, Julian, and I plan to snow camp for one night on New Years Day 2016.

24
Dec
2015
jloomis

Snowmobiling near Frog Lake with our Mini Adventurer

Picture of Katie and Julian snowmobiling near Frog Lake, Oregon

Katie and I both had Christmas eve off work, so we went up to Frog Lake SnoPark with our Mini Adventurer to introduce him to snowmobiling. We pulled him in a sled behind the snowmobiles last year, but this was his first time actually riding on one. We have a harness that attaches a child either to the front (which is what we did) or the back of an adult rider.

20
Dec
2015
jloomis

Frog Lake to Rock Creek Reservoir Snowmobile Adventure

Picture of Snowmobiling near Frog Lake, Oregon

After a fun day snowmobiling yesterday, my friend Ryan and I headed to Frog Lake SnoPark today to ride. We were the first ones in the parking lot around 7:15 AM besides two cars that had been there overnight. It was about 28°F and dumping snow.

19
Dec
2015
jloomis

Skyline SnoPark and Upper Clackamas Snowmobile Adventure

Picture of Clackamas Lake in the winter

My mother-in-law was kind enough to watch my son today, so I was able to go snowmobiling while Katie stayed home wrapping gifts and getting ready for the holidays. Due to the late notice, I wasn't able to find anyone to go with me, so it was a solo trip. There is snow at Skyline SnoPark this year, so I headed there to ride for the day. I didn't make it to Skyline snopark at all last season because of the lack of snow. I hope this season continues to be great.

13
Dec
2015
jloomis

First big snow dump of the year - snowmobiling near Mt Hood

Picture of snowmobiling near Bonney Meadows, Oregon

We had our first big dump of snow this season with over a foot at Mt Hood pass levels and over three feet up higher. John and I were stoked to go snowmobiling Sunday. We drove up to Frog Lake arriving around 7:15 AM. There was one other trailer already, but they had stayed overnight. The snopark had not been plowed, so it was challenging getting my truck and trailer through a foot of slush underneath/snow on top mix.

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