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Canyon Notes

You can go home

Someone said, “You can never go home.” Obviously, that person didn’t go to St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Bear sightings memorable

I’ve confessed my lack of mushroom finding ability, but I don’t think I’ve shared my general lack of focus in the woods.

Mother Nature produces flooding, heartbreak to place I love

When natural disasters strike, I can’t not be sympathetic. When natural disaster strikes a place I love, it’s a different story.

Expectations, and the ebb and flow between two philosophies

Even as our understanding of the universe expands, philosophies of old remain our foundation. “Seek and ye shall find” sits cozily on the shelves of our minds next to the “negation of expectation.”

Stray socks on Main Street, and being in sync with nature

A friend asked me last week, “Could you write a column about the stray socks I find on my morning walks through Enterprise?”

Keep Oregon Green — it has been my lifelong mantra

Fall is coming to Wallowa County — when the borrow pits are decorated with shiny cans to welcome the change of seasons.

As soon as I got out my running shoes, Finn would start dancing

 Every runner knows the advantage of a training partner. In a feeble attempt to start up again last week, I gave the Lab the slip and took the Red Menace on a short trip down the road.

Spending the summer months like any other 12-year-old kid in

just can’t help being a 12-year-old kid in the summer, hanging out at the Wallowa County fair, getting ice cream from one of the county’s drive-ins or taking swim breaks at one of the county’s swimming holes.

County fair lets one be a kid again — if only for a few days

Ah, the giddiness of county fair time. I asked one young 4-Her how many girlfriends he had at the fair this year. His reply, “None, just two ex-girlfriends.” Not bad for a 10-year-old.

CJD: An opportunity to celebrate the Old West

Last month I mentioned to a fellow at the Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources that I would return home in time for the first hay cut. The public radio reporter said, “First? We are on our third in the Tri-Cities.”

Haunted by Big Sky country

A friend recently bought a new car. She said, “I had never seen any of this make and color until I bought mine. Now I see them everywhere.” I feel like my summer is going that way. Every time I turn around there’s another Montana reference.

Wallowa County’s mountains are as good as any out there

spent eight days on the road last week touring the Inland Northwest and wow, what a country.

Praying for loved ones of fallen Arizona hot shot crew

This past week one of the fellows I met on the Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources journey around Montana kept us updated on the temperatures at his home in Phoenix, which were to rise to 118 degrees.

The road beckons: Off to Big Sky Country

I’ve loved to travel since before my memory began recording my personal history. My mother says when I was a toddler all she had to do was jingle her car keys and I’d come running like a Pavlovian-trained dog. 

Finding moments of traffic Zen

I’ve always been a big fan of back roads/streets and making my own routes. Hurricane Creek Road from Enterprise to Joseph (and in reverse) has become a favorite route where the distraction of summer traffic is avoided.

Fathers are important

In a mad rush to return to Wallowa County last week, my parents picked me up from the airport and in two cars, we sped east for a reading at Fishtrap’s Coffin House in Enterprise.

Becoming older to the cadence of Paul Harvey

This weekend I had the pleasure of being mauled by the nephews. I asked them, “Do you remember trying to cook me last time I visited?” The 8-year-old said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Canine chums and flying under the radar

Some people are conspicuous by nature; others of us come by it accidentally.

Reeling in the literary richness of Maclean’s book

Each year Fishtrap chooses a book for its annual community read that is as familiar as an old friend. This year is no exception with its choice of Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It.”

Indicators of a genuine Oregonian

The night after Thanksgiving I went to see a band at Terminal Gravity. One of the musicians lifted his shirt to show off his tattoo. It was a likeness of the Portland White Stag lighted sign with a Sasquatch climbing up the side. Doesn’t get anymore “Oregon” than that.

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