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.

A Scappoose Bay Getaway

It’s easy to get out of Portland and into the Great Outdoors in the summer. Sunshine, blue skies and long, light evenings set the stage for warm weekend getaways or after-work jaunts.

The winter, however, with its rain and gray and darkness, can be a little less inspiring.

But what if there was a place close by where you could escape the city quickly and feel like you’re way outside, far from home? A place where you could almost lose yourself paddling through slim streams and curving channels, watching majestic birds soar overhead or strolling along the mighty Columbia River just a half-hour from home?

Well, there is.

It’s called Scappoose Bay — and I wrote all about it in a recent story for Travel Oregon. 

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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.