Category: Outdoors

Oregon’s Holiday Lights from Portland to the Coast

by Kelsey Tidball Coos Bay – Holiday Lights at Shore Acres 89039 Cape  Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, OR  97420 Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve – 4:00 – 9:30 PM every night (including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.) $5 parking; free admission. This coastal winter lights festival features more than 325,000 lights, more than 30 landscape light displays, at least 30 large holiday trees, dozens of light sculptures and nightly entertainment and refreshments. The displays are centered around a beautiful garden house and the festival is ocean-themed, featuring a life-size orca whale display, pelicans, puffins, lighthouses, wildlife and...

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5 Pre-Winter Adventures We Scouted For You

Words by Anna Glavash | Photo by Michael Davies Although winter is coming, it’s definitely not too late to get out and enjoy our amazing corner of Oregon. Here are five hikes, walks and hot springs sure to make the most of your weekends before the end of term. A good friend once said, “Some people dance in the rain. Others just get wet.” Don’t be that person. Get out there! If you like gentle walks in lush forests: Alsea Falls Getting there: 58 minutes Trail: 2.8 miles out and back A pretty hike at any time of year,...

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Pumpkin Decorating 101

By Skyla Patton The month of Halloween is upon us. Apparently some people call it October? The smell of nutmeg is in the air, Halloween costumes are trending on Pinterest and it’s the time to shine for everyone’s favorite scary-faced squash – the Jack O’Lantern. According to History.com, pumpkin carving originated in Ireland, and they used the plethora of turnips that grew there to ward off angry spirits. Pick up the biggest (or smallest  —  size is not everything!) pumpkin you can find at one of Eugene’s local farms and take it home to slice and dice. Check out...

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Five Falls You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

Written by Nicole Scopelliti | Photo by Trevor Meyer Escape the Willamette Valley’s summer heat by exploring raging waterfalls and mossy, old-growth forests. Oregon is home to many impressive falls, each defined by their own unique characteristics. Whether you prefer roaring rapids or gentle streams, this beautiful state offers an expansive variety of crystalline blue cascades that are sure to wow even the most seasoned waterfall explorers. For comprehensive maps and trail guides, visit AllTrails.com. Sahalie Falls Visit Sahalie Falls for beautiful views without a rigorous hike. The falls are located an hour and 20 minutes away from Eugene...

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Preparing for the 2017 Summer Eclipse

By Delaney Rea | Photo by Michael Davies This summer, a total solar eclipse will cross the country, enveloping it for mere seconds in utter darkness. For the first time in U.S. history, the eclipse will be visible exclusively in America. The eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. For a few moments, parts of the nation will be completely enclosed in darkness as the sun becomes completely blocked out by the moon. All of North America will experience a partial eclipse, but only some states will get to witness the total eclipse – and Oregon will be one...

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