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The Wheel of Misfortune spun; Day One of our wilderness hike up the Imnaha River Canyon in the Wallowa Mountains near the Idaho border was tough — primarily because we were a group of old people carrying backpacks and my husband Kyle, while riding, was leading two inexperienced packhorses.

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We Oregonians love doing things outdoors, and hiking certainly ranks high for popularity. While there are oodles of great places to hike in beautiful Douglas County, it is fun to occasionally do some ground-pounding in new places — and especially in another state, where one might encounter n…

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Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said this past week it is not ruling out the modification of hunting and fishing seasons around Oregon if people fail to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order.

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Officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation are asking drivers to be aware on rural roads during the upcoming fall season with more wildlife expected to cross roadways in the coming months.

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Moments after we stepped onto the lower Rogue River Trail near Marial last Saturday morning, a bald eagle glided down and landed on a snag, a perfect welcome back to one of the most spectacular trail stretches in Oregon.

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Perhaps the best part of summer is the return to nature. While hiking, camping and other outdoor activities are not limited to warm weather, there is something special about spending hot summer days by the lake or on a trail.

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Through half-open and groggy eyes, I looked up to see the walls of our tent leaning dangerously overhead, the rainfly plastered to the tent’s thin mesh walls and the burnt orange tent poles straining to stay upright. Unzipping the side of my sleeping bag, I smacked the nearest wall and liste…

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Only a day and a half drive from Douglas County is one of the most accessible, spectacular and pristine wilderness areas in the U.S. — the Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. Thousands of backpackers, fishermen and alpinists have already discovered this paradise for outdoor ent…

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Our four horses were suspicious. Bullard’s Beach Horse Camp, just north of Bandon, is tucked behind the fore-dunes — so it has protection from the wind, but the distant thunder of the not so distant surf and the moan of a foghorn can be clearly heard.

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In celebration of our 34th Saint Patrick’s Day wedding anniversary, my husband, Kyle, and I dressed up. Sporting our unfashionable wool ski pants, we loaded Suzie Q (our Subaru) with antiquated cross-country skis and headed up Highway 138E towards Diamond Lake. We never made it to our destination.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning to hike the Hobbit Trail near Heceta Head Lighthouse on March 24. The 6-mile loop hike will begin at the historic lighthouse, 725 Summer St., Florence, and go over Heceta Head before reaching Carl Washburn State Park. The return route will be…

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning to hike from Seven Devils Wayside to Bullards Beach Feb. 10. The end-to-end 8-mile beach walk north of Bandon includes two wades across a creek and a mild scramble around Fivemile Point.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a 7.3-mile loop hike at Cape Blanco on Jan. 13.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a 7.3-mile loop hike at Cape Blanco on Jan. 13.