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George Himes/Willamette Park Loop

Mr. Blue Sky had finally returned to town for a few hours, so we headed downtown for an urban hike. Portland has been ranked as one of the most walkable city in the country, so there are plenty of urban trails crisscrossing the city. However, it isn’t exactly easy to find these trails or information. […]

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Mt. Hood NF: Ramona Falls

How should we dedicate public spaces? That’s the hardest question for all society, which also reveals the priorities they each have. The first nations, at least in North America, treated all land as sacred and belongs to earth. Many folk religions also remind their believers to keep sea and mountain unpolluted to prevent angering the […]

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Portland, OR: Abiqua Falls

Fundamentally, I’m against private ownership of natural landmarks. That philosophy goes against my more “normal” notion that capitalism/private ownership is necessary, and reinforce my irked on how does any society dictate what is a landmark that is worthy to be preserved? For example, should deserts be indiscriminate sold by the state? Will a nation be […]

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Portland, OR: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

One of the gems in the Pacific Northwest are the rainforest. Yes, rainforest. No, not the tropical rainforest with orangutan and various type of fruits. That in itself is so weird to me, because I thought that tropics and rainforest always go hand in hand. Who would have thought there are non-tropical rainforest! The kind […]

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Mt. Hood National Forest: Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Hike (via Mirror Lake Trail #664)

Portland is so easy to love. The downtown is lovely and lively, the food scene has been amazing, and the town always feel like an output in the middle of a huge National Park. I’m still new here and is still taken aback when I see Mt. Hood in the horizon. Even though I have […]

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Portland, OR: Tryon Creek State Natural Area

I was surprised that Oregon only has one national park. This state is such a wonderland for hikers, campers and landscape photographers. After some researching, I learned that many wonderful places are administrated by the national forest and the state parks. That would make Oregon’s state parks pretty insane. The one state park I have […]

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Portland, OR – Tualatin Hills Nature Park

There are many who thinks that god (Gaia/Jesus/someone) actually showed off their real talents when designing the Pacific Northwest. Many hikers and nature photographers have listed this region on the top of their bucket list.  I myself was very keen to move to Portland for this exact reason. It still blows my mind that on […]

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Portland, OR: Alameda Ridge Stairs

The city of Portland and the state of Oregon is still mostly under locked down even as the country and the world begins to open up. Both the national park and national forest services have coordinated with the western states, and remained close to the public. To many, that is less than ideal and has […]