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.