Excellent Hikes With Young Kids and Toddlers in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge

The Columbia Gorge is well traveled and well loved. Visitors are most familiar with the spectacular display that is Multnomah Falls, Oregon's best-known waterfall accessible from the interstate. But anyone who's visited Multnomah knows exactly how crowded it can feel. The parking lot is often full, hikers block the narrow historic highway, traffic backs up, … Continue reading Excellent Hikes With Young Kids and Toddlers in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge

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Melting Mountains and the Art of Diplomacy

It's been a long winter for the Pacific Northwest. And for America. The ice is just melting, metaphorically speaking. Last weekend I attended a discussion that comprised, presumably, liberals from Seattle and conservatives from rural Oregon. Our small county was chosen based on the numbers – King County voted 74 percent for Hillary Clinton, Sherman … Continue reading Melting Mountains and the Art of Diplomacy

Osa, Costa Rica: A Gardener’s Paradise

The very first day of my three weeks in Costa Rica was spent at Osa Mountain Village, high above the Osa Peninsula. Untouched jungle for miles and miles, sweeping views of the Pacific, monkeys and rare exotic birds – this was truly the most spectacular place I could ever hope to see. Osa Mountain Village … Continue reading Osa, Costa Rica: A Gardener’s Paradise

How Gardens are Making the World a Better Place

There's no longer any dispute – gardens are indeed making the world a better place. Even if you don't do it, someone near you does, and you get to enjoy it. And surely you eat food. The fresher, the better. Gardens make our towns and communities look quaint and well-kept. They bring neighbors together to … Continue reading How Gardens are Making the World a Better Place

Survival Gardens: How to Plan For Tough Times in Any Space

The survival garden, or the old victory garden, provides the family with fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. It does not have to provide all of your food, but you do want to think in terms of foods that would fill you up and store a long time in the event you're not able … Continue reading Survival Gardens: How to Plan For Tough Times in Any Space