Back to the woods and rivers

Back to the woods and rivers

On August 20, 1905, Oregon wilderness wanderer John Waldo wrote a journal entry from the east slope of Mount Jefferson. In it, he quoted one of his two favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson (the other being Thoreau): “In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth.” After last summer’s hike of the Oregon’s...

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The great leaf war

Note: I’m snowed so until the end of the year I’m running some stories from long ago. This column ran 10 years ago, Nov. 3, 2000, in The Register-Guard. NOVEMBER ARRIVES and I find myself musing over Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind,” particularly the lines: O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being, Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing...

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Test your Oregon, Lane County history

En route to Yachats Friday, I was reminded that Florence-to-Yachats on Highway 101 is my favorite 20-mile stretch of highway in the state of Oregon. But did you know that back in the 1970s, it was almost ruined by the building of a nuclear plant? Huh? You didn’t? Well, then, you need to take my Lane County historical trivia test to challenge yourself and learn. (Answers at the end and, no, they’re not upside down.) 1. Name the Eugene...

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Amid the drizzle, summer sounds that sizzle

OK, now that you can count the number of recent drip-less days on a couple of fingers, we gotta to do something to create a reasonable facsimile of summer. So if we can’t have the real thing — at least for now — here they are: Oregon summer sounds we can dream about: The rumble of the Pacific Ocean as you lie on the beach, just before you drift off to sleep, cocooned in blankets, a paperback discarded in the sand. The whistle of one...

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