Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Tribute to Bailey the Dawg

Scout and Bailey taking advantage of the relaxed lifestyle at Trai-la-soul. Trai-la-soul is a legendary place for those who like to get their chill on. Scout and Bailey are no exception.

Bailey loves to go on road trips. He also loves food, female dogs, and anyone who will scratch his ass. Bailey is smarter than the average dog and he always knows where the camera is. We love you Bailey!

Settling into Oregon

Beautiful skies ahead as Jay and I travel from North Carolina to Bend, Oregon. The skyline here in Oregon is awesome and Oregon has some awesome sunrises and sunsets.

Here is a photo of our snowy hide-a-way for the winter. Jay and I are enjoying this log cabin. Did I mention it has a hot tub? The compound has one main cabin and another cabin that is similiar to a studio apartment. We also have a little wood working area that we use for storage and a big wood shed. The national forest boundary is only about 50ft away from the cabin.

A snow hut that Jay and I made. Jay had the design idea and now all we need is more snow. We built this thing when we first got here thinking we would have lots of snow. Mt Bachelor has gotten a good amount of snow however the "snow" hut could use another dump or two.

We have a wood burning stove and have been chopping lots of firewood. It is better than a gym membership. Jay and I have found out that if you have a wood burning stove you will stay in shape. We chop wood a couple of afternoons a week.

One of the many snowy days at Mt Bachelor. We had lots of early season snow but recently we have been having blue bird days.

Two of our new friends from Brazil who are living here for the winter.

Hannah waiting to shred the slopes at Mt Bachelor on a blue bird day.

The Miracle Mile

The North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette, a.k.a The Miracle Mile, is known to be one of Eugene's closest quality creek runs. Recently Jay and I relocated to Oregon and we are excited to sample some of the country's best whitewater. At the moment water is limited so we chose to paddle the Miracle Mile because we heard rumors that it is almost always running. The Miracle Mile is located near Westfir, OR and has some amazing scenery along with some fun, continuous whitewater. Being from North Carolina this run reminded of Big Creek without Action Alley.

Oregon is known for its lumber and gigantic trees. Oregon's creeks and rivers are no exception! The water is cold but the weather is beautiful and we were blessed with a seldom seen bluebird sunny day in the valley.

Jay gave the Thunder a test drive today. Here he is boofing one of the many ledges. The river was steep but the largest drop was probably four feet.

Yours truly boofing the Riot Magnum on the NFMF of the Willamette. The river was full of chutes and little channels with cool boofs like this one.

Happy Winter Time Paddling.
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