Getting crabby on the coast

Ever thought about heading to the southern Oregon Coast for a little crabbing? If so, you should.

Last year, we went down to Coos Bay for a weekend of all kinds of fishing, including surfperch, bass via kayaks, and clamming and crabbing. We even caught a red rock crab in no time, something we’d never done before. (All the crustaceans we’d hauled in up till then had been Dungeness.)

A few months later, I got an assignment from Travel Oregon and Oregon’s Adventure Coast for a more in-depth story all about crabbing and clamming on the southern Oregon Coast: how to do it, where to go, what kind of species are around. Find the story on the Travel Oregon site.

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.

Casting away in Coos Bay

It was a weekend of big waves and spouting whales. Of red rock crabs, surfperch, bass and gaper clams. Of new adventures in new places along the Oregon Coast with friendly new faces.

Now, it’s my latest piece for Travel Oregon.

Back in April, we headed down to Coos Bay for an assignment I got from Travel Oregon. The goal was to spend a weekend exploring what the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau has dubbed “Oregon’s Adventure Coast,” particularly all the various fishing options that abound.

So, with the help of CBNBVCB’s executive director Janice Langlinais and Rob Gensorek, owner of Basin Tackle Charleston, we did all that and then some. We crabbed off the docks, fished off the beach, paddled the waters of Empire Lake and dug clams from the tidal flats of the South Slough in Charleston.

In between, we took in the amazing views from Cape Arago State Park, dined on incredible seafood at the High Tide Cafe and had a nightcap at 7 Devils Brewing Co.

But there was more to it than that.

At the end of the weekend, we’d gained a newfound appreciation of a stretch of Oregon Coast that we’d never spent much time in before. From now on, rather than passing through on our way to somewhere else, we’ll stop in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston and stay for a while.

Traveling to Pendleton for some fun – sometime

The stay-at-home order has made traveling around Oregon a little tougher than normal.

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still be thinking of all the great places we’ll want to visit once we get this all under control.

One such place to consider? The Wild West town of Pendleton, Oregon.

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A scene from the Grand Entry Parade at the 2004 Pendleton Round-Up. Photo by Bobjgalindo/Wikipedia.

Home to the famous Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, the distinctive wool blankets and shirts of Pendleton Woolen Mills and a burgeoning craft beer and artisan whiskey scene, Pendleton is also a great place for something else: Families.

That’s right, Pendleton can make for a great family-friendly destination in Eastern Oregon, with its history and culture, parks aplenty, hiking trails, swimming pools, sports galore and even spooky underground tunnels.

I wrote all about what Pendleton has to offer for families in a recent story for Travel Oregon.