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.

21
Dec
2015
jloomis

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat Winter Boots Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of Columbia Men's Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat

Features:

From Columbia Sportswear, "Now part of the Titanium line, we loaded this classic with the best of our technologies and materials. 600g insulation and thermal reflectors make this super warm and waterproof boot perfect for days as cold as -65F/-54C."

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.

17
Dec
2015
jloomis

VOOZ Snow Goggles Review

Product Rating: 
4
Picture of VOOZ Snow Goggles with case and 2nd lens

Features:

From Powder Keg LLC, "Equipped with a German-made large spherical lens, the VOOZ snowmobile goggle is a high performance goggle. Anti-Fog technology, double-molded cylindrical lens, easy interchangeability, and perfect helmet integration."

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.

09
Dec
2015
jloomis

Up North Technologies PRO SERIES Snowmobile Cargo Rack Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of UP North Technologies PRO SERIES Modular Cargo Rack for Polaris Snowmobiles

"Best snowmobile cargo rack ever!" -Loomis Adventures

Features:

From Up North Technologies, "Fabricated from a single sheet of 1/8” aluminum plate, the PRO SERIES racks utilize a unique design and state-of-the-art CNC metal processing to achieve light weight, high strength, and a superb new look. The modular design provides for the addition of accessory components, allowing the rack to be customized for a particular application."

01
Dec
2015
jloomis

Powder Keg 700 Low Profile Snowmobile Dry Box Review

Product Rating: 
5
Picture of 700 Low Profile Powder Keg on Polaris snowmobile

Features:

From Powder Keg, "The 700-B Storage Box may look small, but by use of straighter sides and a wider lid it has 1800 cubic inches (29.7 liters) of interior room. Four stainless steel draw latches hold it solidly to your sled. Simple lid latch makes for easy access in the coldest conditions. Keep your supplies dry and secure. Mount to the back of your sled by itself or together with a Fuel Keg (P-700-F)."

29
Nov
2015
jloomis

First snowmobile ride of 2015/16 season - Bennett Pass, OR

Picture of Polaris PRO RMK snowmobile near Mt Hood, Oregon

On Saturday we went Christmas tree hunting as a family. During our adventure, we made a detour to Bennett Pass SnoPark, so I could check out the snow conditions. To my surprise, we found enough snow to snowmobile. So I came back on Sunday with my friend Jordan for the first snowmobile ride of the 2015/16 season.

06
Nov
2015
jloomis

Pelican Snow Trek Sport 82 Utility Sled Review

Product Rating: 
0
Picture of Pelican Snow Trek Sport 82 utility sled

Features:

From Pelican, "Whether its winter work or outdoor fun, Snow Trek Sport utility sleds are up to the task. Excellent for hauling all types of cargo outdoors, they are sturdy, robust utility sleds designed to be pulled by an ATV or snowmobile. Their large capacity means plenty of room for everything you want to haul. They come with no-maintenance Ram-X runners, shock absorbing metal tow hitch and adjustable travel cover. Specially designed to accommodate dividers (owner-made with provided template) to stabilize cargo."

06
Oct
2015
jloomis

Deer Hunting 2015 and Badger Lake Fishing

Picture of deer hunting camp

It has been a couple years since we last went deer hunting. Things have been busy with our son being born two years ago and building our house last year. But now it's time to get back in the grove.

John and I have been talking about hunting a unit further east out of the trees, but we decided to keep it simple this year and hunted White River 141B like we have in the past. Opening day was Saturday, October 3rd. It is a tough unit to hunt as it is on the crest of the Cascades in Northern Oregon. The area is mostly dense mixed forest and packed with hunters.

12
Sep
2015
jloomis

Boating fun on the Willamette River

Picture of boating in the Willamette River

In an attempt to find a family friendly activity for the summer months (and to introduce Julian to fishing), we recently purchased a 2004 Crestliner Sportfish 2050 boat. We have already taken it on a few trips, but today was our first trip with friends. It was a beautiful day. We met our friends at the 42nd street boat ramp on the Columbia River where we launched. We all piled in the boat and set off downriver toward the Willamette River.

After a fun ride up the Willamette River, we anchored downtown near the Tilikum Crossing bridge. We enjoyed lunch and then swam in the river.

11
Sep
2015
jloomis

The Air Up There: How To Avoid Altitude Sickness

Picture of Mt Hood

When a person travels to a location that is greater than 8,000 feet, they must do so at a speed that allows their body to acclimatize to certain changes, such as decreased air pressure, low humidity, and greater exposure to ultraviolet rays. Typically, full acclimatization can take as much as five days. If a person does not fully acclimatize to the higher altitude, it may cause a condition known as altitude sickness. The three forms of altitude sickness are acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, and high-altitude cerebral edema. Many people enjoy activities that allow them to get outside and take in some fresh air, but hikers, skiers, and others who are traveling to great heights must educate themselves about altitude sickness when planning their trip. This knowledge is important so that they can prevent or recognize it, and know what to do if they or one of their companions should become ill.

02
Aug
2015
jloomis

Fall River Guard Station - Central Oregon

Picture of Fall River Guard Station - Central Oregon

My parents love Central Oregon and booked a long weekend at the Fall River Guard Station over my Mom's birthday. Lucky for us, their plans changed and they gave us their reservation for the cabin. The Fall River Guard station is on South Century Drive off of hwy 97 at the headwaters of Fall River. It is only a couple miles from the Fish Hatchery, close to where I love to fly fish. The cabin is available to rent from May through October.

20
Jun
2015
jloomis

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.

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