Shaniko: From wool capital of the world to ghost town

Featured image: Today's Shaniko, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) Unlike many Old West towns, Shaniko, Oregon didn’t spring into existence from a vast gold strike. Wool was its lifeblood. In the mid-1800s, the high desert of southern Wasco County was a vast, quiet land full of bunchgrass, sagebrush, and rocks. A gold rush in Canyon City … Continue reading Shaniko: From wool capital of the world to ghost town

Celebrate dahlia season at Swan Island Dahlias

Featured image: The voodoo dahlia variety at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) It’s dahlia season. These beautiful flowers come in all shapes and sizes, from four-inch pom poms to starbursts exceeding 10 inches in diameter. Some look soft and spongy with layers of curled rounded petals, while others are spiky like … Continue reading Celebrate dahlia season at Swan Island Dahlias

Drone Rodeo to wrangle crop data points August 18-19 in Pendleton, Oregon

For well over a century, Pendleton, Oregon, has been best known for its annual Pendleton Roundup, which is among the top 10 rodeos in the world. Spectators flock here for one week every September to enjoy the pageantry, parades, live music, and intense competition from the steer ropers, barrel racers, and bronc riders. Now another … Continue reading Drone Rodeo to wrangle crop data points August 18-19 in Pendleton, Oregon

Nature therapy with family and friends at Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint

Featured image: One of the swimming holes on the Deschutes River at Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint (photo by Cheryl Landes) Reconnect with nature, family, and friends for a day by packing a lunch, blankets, towels, and an inner tube and heading to Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint near Redmond, Oregon. Choose a picnic table under the shade trees … Continue reading Nature therapy with family and friends at Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint

New sculpture park to open summer 2017 in Maine’s largest city

Featured image: Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you recently walked past the Joan B. Burns Garden at the Portland Museum of Art on High Street in downtown Portland, Maine, you’re probably wondering why it’s closed. On Friday, the PMA announced that next summer, the garden will reopen as the … Continue reading New sculpture park to open summer 2017 in Maine’s largest city

Singin’ the blues while crusin’ in Newburyport

Featured image: The Captain's Lady III awaits passengers for the Newburyport BluesCruise. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Chillin’ on a hot summer night can’t get any cooler than a ride on the Newburyport BluesCruise. Hop aboard in historic Newburyport, MA, for a three-hour sunset tour along the Merrimack River, accompanied by live music from some of … Continue reading Singin’ the blues while crusin’ in Newburyport

Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge: Engineering as art

In the 1930s, the Great Depression hit the nation hard, and Coos County, Oregon, wasn’t immune to the effects. During that decade, the State Highway Department used state and federal funds to build bridges over the Oregon Coast’s major rivers and bays. The Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge was completed over Coos Bay in 1936 … Continue reading Conde B. McCullough Memorial Bridge: Engineering as art