On Saturday, February 21 2015, Dixon and I purchased our McMenamins Passport. The plan is to record our adventures through photos and blog posts. We’ve been having fun so far if a bit uneventful. We’ve accomplished 8 stamps in a quick succession of suburban pubs: The idea all started last summer, when we stayed at the St. Francis School (Bend) in between fire lookouts (Drake Peak and Bald Mountain). Relaxing outside, on a lovely summer evening, warmed by a fire, we met some great people who enthusiastically sold…

We Need to Label GMO Foods The slightly less nerdy version: My letter to Willamette Week. If you’re interested in my original blog post, read on: I’ve come to the conclusion I’d like to see labeling of GMO foods. How I got here is not by the arguments of the ballot measure supporters. It was actually the arguments of the opponents. I’m not someone who opposes all genetic modification. First, it’s an important tool that has catapulted biomedical research forward. Insulin, growth hormones, hepatitis-B vaccines, and some cancer…

  The Wild and Scenic Rogue River My first trip on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River was hiking the trail in May of 2006. I didn’t know what to expect. I had a few good guidebooks, some naturalist skills, a back pack, and off we went. Me as the naturalist, a crew of professional rafting guides, and 17 guests (we no longer take groups that big!). Since then, I’ve hiked and/or rafted this section of the river at least a dozen times. This comes as a surprise…