Back to the Oregon snow

It’s been a while since I’ve stepped into my snowshoes and hit the trails in winter. Skiing’s been the activity of choice it seems for the past few years.

But I was recently researching a story for Travel Oregon on some not-so-well-known snowshoe routes around Oregon, and it got me to thinking: It’s probably time to get back out there. Not to Mirror Lake or Trillium Lake on Hood or other places I’ve been to before, but maybe somewhere new, somewhere not as popular; one of these places I just wrote about.

Will I make it all the way out to Steens Mountain this winter or down to Brown Mountain in Southern Oregon? Probably not. But Pocket Creek or Clear Lake? Count on it.

Fishing with kids in Oregon

A few years ago, we spent a long weekend at one of our favorite Mt. Hood spots: Lost Lake.

Tucked beneath the northwest face of the mountain, the lake has some of the most incredible views of Hood, some great swimming, paddling and hiking and, we found out that year, fishing for kiddos.

That’s where Spencer caught his first rainbow trout.

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It was a memorable experience — and one that I wrote about in a recent piece for Travel Oregon on fishing with your family all over this great state.