Driftin’ Along… (April 2022)

I’ve sung this song, but I’ll sing it again,
Of the people I’ve met and the places I’ve seen.
Of some of the troubles that bothered my mind
And a lot of good people that I’ve left behind, saying
So long, it’s been good to know you,
So long, it’s been good to know you,
So long, it’s been good to know you.
What a long time since I’ve been home,
And I’ve gotta be driftin’ along.
“Dusty Old Dust” | Woody Guthrie | 1935


I was born on the West Coast and, except for career-related postings elsewhere, have lived my entire life far west of the Mississippi. The LovedOne came out West in the mid-1980s and stayed. Living out here has given us the opportunity to – again and again – climb and hike and backpack and raft in many of the most iconic public lands in the United States – Rocky Mountain, Crater Lake, Rainier, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Zion, to name a few of so many. Our best and longest serving (or suffering) friends live out here. And, although our ethos of tough and stupid has taken us on a few adventures we probably should have avoided, it’s all been good – very, very good. We wouldn’t have missed any of it for the world. 😁

We can blame the Pandemic for many things (and rightfully so), but it did get us thinking about being closer to family – most of whom live in Texas or on the East Coast. Then the West’s increasingly burdensome heat and drought and wildfire smoke came into play. As did the helpless anguish of seeing more and more of our beloved forests and hiking trails reduced to ashes year after year. πŸ˜ͺ Eventually family, fire, and heartbreak gathered to push us over the edge and into the arms of U-Haul.

So, after almost 30 years in Oregon, and a lifetime in the West, we will soon be heading eastward to a new home somewhere in the Upper Midwest (details to follow, eventually). We’re making this move with a mixture of sadness πŸ˜₯ for what we’re leaving and hopefulness 🀩 about where we’re going. It was a hard, hard decision to make as we’ve really (really!) enjoyed life here in Southwest Oregon.

So our adventures (and this blog) will pause for a bit as we devote our energies to packing boxes, loading containers, and driving a long distance with a shedding cat. There’s hiking (and canoeing) where we’re headed, so we hope to be back with new adventures sooner than later. Until then, please be content with surfing the 1,100+ posts we’ve put up over the years about our various Western and other adventures!

See you downstream…

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31 thoughts on “Driftin’ Along… (April 2022)

  1. Your contributions to trails in Southern Oregon have been outstanding and will be missed. Cheers to new adventures with fresh eyes. Congrats and taking the leap!

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  2. So sorry to see you go. I’ve enjoyed your images from the west side of Oregon. Hope you enjoy new trails near your new home!

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  3. Thanks! New place, new hikes, new posts. I’ve always enjoyed Oregon fire lookouts (both current and historic) and am looking forward to reading your posts about visiting them. πŸ˜€

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  4. Good Luck on to your next adventures! Excited to see your posts from another state. Oregon will miss you.

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  5. Thanks! As we said, it was a tough, but necessary, decision. We too enjoyed our chance meetings on the trail. And your website – from which we got some good hike ideas – too. Maybe you’ll get back to posting again? We’re planning on new adventures (and posts) in a different climate.

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  6. Well as many have already said, sorry to hear you are leaving the area but wishing you both the best. Glad to have met you on the trail a couple of times. Look forward to reading about new adventures in new places. Happy trails!

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  7. Finally got to read your post. I have just moved to Indianapolis as you saw and it has been a whirlwind of activity. My move is a life change for now and the family connections are going to influence everything, but not sure I will remain in Indiana. The Adventure Continues.

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  8. Thanks! 😊 I think you can work your way cross-country down the slope to the lake – could be a bit of a bush-whack. But trying to get there by staying in the gulch looked really hard & messy.

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  9. Happy Trails my friends. I have only just recently stumbled upon your posts and will indeed use them as a reference.

    Speaking of trails…..Picture Lost Lake in Bybee Gulch. Do you believe there is a trail from Lost Falls to the lake through the gulch? Thanks.

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  10. So we trade places, and as far as family, for the same reason. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and photographic artistry. Believe it or not, I miss the Midwest quite a bit. Safe travels and fare well…and watch out for cougars, as they’ve been seen in those parts, as well! πŸ˜‰ Happy trails….we will miss you!

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  11. Thanks Rich! The AHG was always a source of good hiking ideas – particularly when we first got to SW Oregon. We’ll cherish our honorary membership. πŸ˜€

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  12. Thanks! We’re alternating between sad 😦 and happy πŸ™‚ on an hourly basis. Probably will for months. Thanks for the offer of help but all we have left is to get in the car and drive.

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  13. I’m sad that you are leaving. I live in Ashland. Can I help you with moving chores? I hope this doesn’t seem creepy, but I would like to meet you in person before you leave.

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  14. Thanks! We’d forgotten how much work it was to move one’s home. Doing so is an adventure πŸ™„ in itself. But we’re looking forward to adventures of the hiking kind once we get settled. πŸ˜€

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  15. How exciting! While saying goodbye is never easy, new adventures and different experiences can certainly put a spring in one’s step. Best to you and the Loved One as you pack up your Oregon life, safe travels to your new destination and happy unpacking on the other end. I look forward to reading about your new adventures.

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  16. Very best of luck with your move. I ve enjoyed all your posts and stories of your adventures, and of course your wonderful photography.
    Look forward to hearing about your new adventures in the mid west ( an underrated part of the country for outdoor
    life)
    Hope all goes smoothly

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  17. Hey Bruce, Southern Oregon’s loss is the Midwest’s gain. Thank you for your incredibly well done hiking blog. It opened up new hiking possibilities for me and anyone who read it. Thanks for joining us at Boundary Springs; you’ll always be a honorary member of the Ashland Hiking Group!

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  18. I will miss your Southern Oregon posts very much. Good luck in the Midwest. I’m from the East coast, lived 18 years in Nebraska and the last 28 in Oregon. They all have their good points.

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  19. Extremely sadden to learn you are leaving. Opening each of your e-mails brought joy to my life. Exquisite photographs, always a new opportunity to learn something new and well written commentaries. Thank-you for taking the time to share all these adventures with us. Looking forward to read you in the future. Good luck and good health.

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  20. Sorry to see you go. Thanks for posting so many wonderfull adventures in southern Oregon.

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