Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Looking Forward to the Oregon Outdoors

Working on the current book project has kept me busy and kept me indoors too much.  Tomorrow, my publisher is sending me to Portland, Oregon for a television interview to talk about the most recent book: Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived.  The interview won't take long, then I'll be free to explore for a couple of days.  I definitely want to do some hiking in coastal areas that look like this:

Leon Pantenburg, of Survival Common Sense, who lives in Bend, Oregon, also recommended that I check out Silver Falls State Park, which he wrote about here.   It's not far south of Portland and certainly looks worth the trip:  

It would be nice to have a couple of weeks in Oregon to really get out into the backcountry, but this trip will be a short one.  As I wrote in Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late [Paperback], Oregon has some truly spectacular big wilderness areas, particularly in parts of the Cascade Range and for example, the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.  But any short hike I can do near the coast or in the old-growth forests will be a welcome break from working behind a keyboard; and from the heat and humidity that has already arrived to mark the beginning of another sweltering Mississippi summer.  

I'll have more about the interview and some photographs from the trip after I return.


  1. Wow, lookit all that green, down here in south Texas its all gray and khaki yellow - major drought.

    A couple of days ago, was warned by one of our clients that the airport security lines are taking far longer than even before due to the OBL death, so I'd get there at least an extra hour early than before for your flight - better safe than sorry.

    Enjoy your trip.

  2. Thanks. Yes, I'm expecting tighter security and longer delays. That will probably be going on for some time in the future, too.

  3. You will love my neck of the woods!

  4. I'm sure, Leon. Can't wait to get there!

  5. I am currently 50 miles up the mcKenzie river east of Eugene and it is spectacularly beautiful.
    The McKenzie originates from under ground and is pure melt water and is a gorgeous chrystal blue color.
    It is also a very famous trout and salmon river.
    If you ever get a chance, come here.It is beautiful and is about 65 miles from Bend.

    I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life and it is hard to beat for being green and pretty.
    I will only be here another week and I hope the clouds burn off.

  6. Bustednuckles, I wish I would've had time to check out the whole state. I did manage to drive some 600 miles around the northwestern part of Oregon and got in some good hiking as well in the short 2 days I had available. I hope to get back there again sometime. I love the Pacific Northwest region.


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