travel

Carl Fredrickson, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3150747

Travel is supposed to help us grow as people. 

And we often do, finding things inside of us that we did not know about. 

That was Susan Conrad's experience as she paddled a sea kayak along the 1800-mile Inside Passage. 

She describes the trip in her book Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage

Dreaming Of A Dunsmuir Tram To The Mountain

Feb 14, 2017
cherylpetty.com

Travelers heading north on Interstate Five from Redding often notice a sharp intake of breath when Mount Shasta first comes into full view near Dunsmuir. 

The big mountain and the surrounding country are simply breathtaking.  Think of how much more you could see from a higher elevation. 

Cheryl Petty is already on it, touting the idea of an aerial tramway connecting Dunsmuir to the top of Mount Bradley to the west. 

The proposed Horsetail Falls Aerial Tram has a long way to go to become a reality. 

Learning From Life On The Road

Jan 4, 2017
Gingkopress.com

Todd Blubaugh planned a motorcycle trip across the country, combining his twin passions for motorcycles and photography. 

His journey of self-discovery racheted up in importance when his parents died just days before his intended departure. 

Prose, personal letters, artifacts, and stunning photography combine to tell the story of the trip in Blubaugh's Too Far Gone.

Atlas Obscura Points To The World's Oddities

Oct 31, 2016
Wikimedia

Maybe we don't use them as much in the age of online maps, but atlases are handy books to have. 

They show you the world.  A different kind of atlas, Atlas Obscura, shows you the unique and unusual places and features of the world. 

Atlas Obscura is a collaborative online project, and it has just published a book version containing some of the highlights. 

From the upside-down house of Poland to the body of St. Francis Xavier in India, there's plenty to see in the book. 

The Oregon Coast, By Foot And Paintbrush

Aug 25, 2016
Kristen O'Neill

Thanks to social media, we get to go on our friends' vacations, in a sense.  They snap pictures and put them on Instagram or Facebook, and we get to see them right away. 

Pete Miller of Grants Pass put a real twist on that process when he hiked the Oregon Coast Trail this summer. 

He snapped pictures all right... and sent them to artist Kristen O'Neill.  She then set about painting the image, with a new painting every day along the route. 

Take THIS Book To A Tropical Island

Sep 2, 2015
Penguin Books

It's a compelling thought: shuck the material goods and the daily routine and move to a tropical island.

If everyone who ever had the thought acted upon it, our cities would be empty and our islands would be crowded. 

Alex Sheshunoff DID act upon it, in what he calls a "quarter-life crisis." 

And his book explains what happened next: "A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise: 9 Steps to Giving Up Everything." 

Jessica Love

 

On the last afternoon of my thirties, I sat across from my friend Maria at an outdoor cafe. I took a sip of chai  and fretted: “I think I’m out-aging my lifestyle.” We were in Pokhara, Nepal, one of the world’s well-known backpacker ghettos. Chinese, Europeans, and Americans wandered by, most in their early twenties and on a gap year. They shouldered oversized bags and pared their hiking boots with loose pants procured probably from the beaches of Koh Phangan.

The Effects Of Salting Oregon Roads

Dec 20, 2013
Geoffrey Riley/JPR

What's good for driving may not necessarily be good for the vehicle, or the environment.

Salt is commonly used to help road crews get rid of snow and ice in colder climates, but Oregon began using it in recent years, in places like the frequently snowbound Siskiyou Summit. 

On The Road: Rethinking Rest Areas

Sep 24, 2013
Ken Lund

"Rest Area 6 Miles Ahead" is a welcome sign to many a traveler in need of a visit to the facilities. 

And after a quick turnaround, you're on the road again.  But can rest areas do more and be more to travelers?   The semi-independent state agency Oregon Travel Experience is betting on a "Yes".  OTE spent the summer assessing the offerings at the state's traveler rest areas and the other amenities it manages, with an eye toward future improvements.