Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

A view of Rainbow Falls from the viewpoint in Rainbow Falls State Park west of Chehalis, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Rainbow Falls State Park is a popular place for camping, picnicking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, wildlife watching, birdwatching, and fishing. A short trail from the day-use parking lot ends at a viewpoint for a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Portland Japanese Garden

Fall colors at the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Portland Japanese Garden in Washington Park is a beautiful place to wander and reflect. Paths wind past an authentic tea house and through eight separate garden styles, from a zen garden to a beautiful pool fed by a waterfall. The … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Portland Japanese Garden

Three Columbia River Gorge trails reopen after repairs from the Eagle Creek fire

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) New Year's Day 2021 brings new life to three trails in the Columbia River Gorge that suffered damage from the Eagle Creek fire in 2017. After extensive repairs, they're open to hiking again. The entire Eagle Creek Trail, which … Continue reading Three Columbia River Gorge trails reopen after repairs from the Eagle Creek fire

Multnomah Falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge, and historic Columbia River Highway reopen today

Multnomah Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge Photos by Cheryl Landes Effective today, Multnomah Falls and Multnomah Falls Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge reopen with restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For the first phase, which is expected to last two weeks, the site will be open to 300 visitors at a time. … Continue reading Multnomah Falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge, and historic Columbia River Highway reopen today

Armchair photo tours: A summer stroll in The Grotto’s gardens in Portland

A waterfall in the lower garden at The Grotto in Portland, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Grotto, a 62-acre shrine and botanical garden in northeast Portland, is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Oregon's largest city. Although it's near busy Interstate 205, you can't even hear the traffic. Trails pass tall … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A summer stroll in The Grotto’s gardens in Portland

Armchair photo tours: Hughes Water Gardens in Tualatin, Oregon

A lotus flower at the Hughes Water Gardens in Tualatin, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes Whether you're looking for garden ideas, ideas to brighten your yard, garden supplies, or you just want to browse the beautiful displays, Hughes Water Gardens is the place to go. The entrance to Hughes Water Gardens in Tualatin, Oregon This … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Hughes Water Gardens in Tualatin, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Photos by Cheryl Landes Continued from the armchair photo tour, A flight from Anchorage to Katmai National Park and Preserve We landed at Brooks Camp at the Katmai National Park and Preserve at 12:10 p.m. The copilot unloaded our lunches and went ahead of us to store them in the food cache and reserve viewing … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Katmai National Park and Preserve