Come hiking with me and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club! I'm leading monthly hikes from April to October with great views and great trees, in out-of-the-way places.

I love being outdoors, the wilder the better. Since 1999 I've hiked the majority of William Sullivan's "100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon," and several dozen other trails as well. Oregon offers plenty of beauty and quiet solitude. There are some great trees in Oregon, and a lot of areas with little current human activity. The one shortcoming is the lack of large animals: elk, black bears, deer, and cougars are the only species weighing 100 pounds or more. I've also seen bighorn sheep, pronghorns and bighorn sheep here which are close to 100 pounds. Of the smaller mammals, beaver, river otters, porcupines, coyotes and foxes can be seen occasionally

Elk and deer are common. I've seen bear tracks and scat from time to time, but only once have I seen them live, in the Badger Creek Wilderness. Cougars I've never seen live (and have mixed feelings about doing so), but I've seen scat and tracks from time to time. The most powerful cougar sign I've seen, though, was a deer kill along the Clackamas River with blood so fresh it was still red on the nearby leaves.

My enthusiasm has been know to get away from me though, like the time I lost my way and spent an unintentional night out on the trail.

Interesing Oregon Geology:
  • Netarts Bay: evidence of a tsumani in January 1700 AD from a force 9 quake
  • Lost Creek on Mt. Hood - its last eruption, ca. 1790
  • Elkhorn Creek, Tillamook State Forest: 50 miles from Portland, but feels like 500. Cougar, bear, and fisher
Other Great Hikes
  • Yocum Ridge has jaw-dropping views of Mt. Hood and spectacular midaltitude and subalpine old-growth, with noble firs and mountain hemlocks to 6' in diameter. Hike through evidence of Mt. Hood's last eruption and past beautiful Ramona Falls.
  • Cummins Creek: Spectacular Pacific Coast old growth
  • Leslie Gulch: a bit of Utah Canyonlands beauty in SE Oregon

Though not an avid birder, I enjoy spotting birds from time to time, and have a particular fondness for nuthatches and sandhill cranes. From 1998-2003 we lived a few mile north of Forest Grove, a quarter mile south of Hillside Road on David Hill. At the house we saw:

  • Oregon Junco
  • Oregon Towhee
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • House Finch
  • Purple Finch
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Anna's Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Steller's Jay
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • American Robin
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Gold-crowned Sparrow
  • Bewick's Wren
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Gold--crowned Kinglet
  • Kestrel
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Varied Thrush
  • Swainson's Thrush

A voracious reader, I love reading about ecology and paleontology.

  • Pronghorn, Turbak
  • Hiking Oregon's Geology, Bishop and Allen
  • Before the Indians, Bjorn Kurten
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems through Time, Behrensmeyer et al., Eds.
  • The End of the Dinosaurs, Charles Frankel
  • Noah's Flood, Ryan & Pitman
  • On Methuselah's Trail, Peter D. Ward
  • Northwest Exposures, Alt & Hyndman
  • The Tillamook, Gail Wells
  • Time Machines, Peter D. Ward
  • Song for the Blue Ocean, Carl Safina
  • The Monkey's Bridge, David Rains Wallace
  • The Time Before History, Colin Tudge
  • The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives, Alan Turner, Mauricio Antón
  • The Eocene-Oligocene Transition, Donald Prothero
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • The Late Devonian Mass Extinctions, George McGhee
  • The Call of Distant Mammoths, Peter D. Ward
  • Dinosaur Extinction and the End of an Era, J. David Archibald
  • Species Diversity in Space and Time, Michael Rosenzweig
  • The Diversity of Life, Edward O. Wilson
  • The End of Evolution, Peter D. Ward
  • The Great Paleologic Crisis, Douglas Erwin
  • Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck, David M. Raup
  • Extinction, Steven M. Stanley
  • Quaternary Extinctions: A Prehistoric Revolution, Martin & Klein, eds.
  • After the Ice Age, E. C. Pielou
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • A Green History of the World, Clive Ponting
  • Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900, Alfred Crosby
  • Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee
  • Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner
  • Ontogeny and Phylogeny, Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Third Chimpanzee, Jared Diamond
  • Chaos, James Gleick
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn