Journalist since 1997, degree in education (taught high school English), Oregon Publishers Association awards. I love writing long-form content based on research and interviews.
"If you're looking for exciting nightlife, head to Portland, but if you enjoy outdoor, seaside activities, you'll find fun in the Brookings area. Oregon's southern coast near Brookings offers stunning scenery and sunsets, expansive beaches and secluded coves in the mild climate of what Oregonians call the 'Banana Belt.' If surf and scenery don't satisfy, there are river adventures, a parade of festivals and harbor activities...."
Rafting in Rogue River at Shady Cove, Oregon | USA ...
"The waterfalls of Oahu have inspired songs, provided sustenance, set Hollywood scenes and encouraged relaxation, romance and laughter. The waterfalls are also an important part of Hawaiian culture and history. At Oahu's many botanical gardens and parks, small but tranquil waterfalls can be easily enjoyed, but some of the more dramatic or fun ones are hidden further from view, rewarding you if you make the effort to reach them."
"Hawaii itself is unique. It is the only U.S. state with a culture and language all its own -- Hawaiian and English are the official languages. And it’s the only state surrounded by water and where weather changes depend more on elevation than season. Chances are if you are looking for unique places to visit in Hawaii, you are looking for experiences off the well-worn path, places that are truly extraordinary in an already exotic destination. You will find many such places in this archipelago of rainbows in the middle of the sea...."
"With their cedar trees, berries and soft meadows, Hawaii's volcanoes resemble many other mountains. This is about where the similarity ends. Most of the water runs underground where it feeds springs, although waterfalls cascade on the east flanks of Maui's dormant Halealaka. On Hawaii Island's active Kilauea, tree ferns fill lush rain forest juxtaposing adjacent black lava fields, moonscapes of craters, some steaming. On Kilauea's eastern flanks, rivlets of red hot lava, flow to the sea, while lava bubbling deep inside Halemaumau Crater casts a red glow in the night sky. Campers on Hawaii's volcanoes can choose from a variety of activities, including hiking and mountain biking...."
Hiking to the Captain Cook Monument in Hawaii | LIV...
"Hanauma Bay, formed by two craters near Koko Head on Oahu's sunny south shore, is one of the world's most popular snorkeling spots. Approximately 3,000 people per day, mostly tourists eager to don masks and view colorful fish in the turquoise water, descend on the narrow, 2,000-foot long sandy beach. Unlike other Hawaiian beaches, there's an entrance fee, albeit a small one. But if you think this bay is a tourist trap, reconsider. Since the marine life conservation district implemented plans to protect the bay, such as regulating commercial tours, closing on Tuesdays and charging non-residents of Hawaii an entrance fee, the number of daily visitors dropped from 10,000 to 3,000. When it comes to seeing lots of fish and in a wide variety near any of Oahu's shores, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve delivers...." For Insider Tips, read more.
"Snorkeling in Hawaii provides relaxation and close-up views of colorful tropical fish that dart in and out of coral and lava rock gardens and large schools that swim near. Sunlight refracted by the water dances dreamily on sand below snorkelers who float in pleasantly cool water under the warmth of South Maui’s warm sun. Snorkeling anywhere in Hawaii that is calm, clear and has ample fish habitat is rewarding, but some places, such as Ahihi-Kinau, also known as the South Maui Reserve, are treasured...."
"As you float in translucent turquoise water -- nearly pristine in Hawaii -- you enjoy the warm sun on your back while cool, but not cold, water refreshes you. Your mask and snorkel provide admission to an underwater world where sounds from above fade, replaced by the soft clicking of shrimp. Hovering over the blue, pink and peach coral, you get a sneak preview of the community’s goings on. Spiny urchins cling to the coral, as shells creep along its surface, tropical fish swim among the branches and dart in and out of miniature coves and caverns. Many of Hawaii's beaches lead to snorkeling spots, but some of the best snorkeling is reached by boat off the coasts of Hawaii Island and Maui...."
Whale Watching in Orange County, California | USA T...
"Sometimes RV camping doesn't feel like remote camping, but taking your RV to the redwoods is different. You know you're not in town anymore when you step outside and see the tallest living things on the planet -- coastal redwoods reaching 100, 200 even more than 300 feet tall. Their reddish-brown trunks are so massive you can't begin to hug one, but group hugs make great photo ops. The mystique is magnified by the muffled sounds created by thick vegetation and the spongy floor of the redwood forest, where rays of sun filter through here and there, spotlighting a fern or flower. The Redwood National and State Parks provide opportunity to camp, rest and play among the big trees...."
"pplegate Valley extends from a pastoral setting in Southern Oregon to Applegate Lake, a blue jewel at 1,986 feet in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and on the California-Oregon border. The lower "Applegate Valley is a ribbon of green with vineyards, orchards, farms and horse pastures along the Applegate River. Forested mountains rise on either side. Winery tasting rooms, outdoor recreation, antiques and organic farm-to-table shopping are highlights of the area. Applegate Valley has five well-maintained, easily accessed campgrounds -- one on the river toward the lower end of the valley and four at the upper end near the no-wake lake in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest...."
"The chainsaw wizardry at Kirby’s Custom Carvings that has been featured in Sunset magazine and various television programs continues to garner attention. A life-size elk and grizzly bear viewable from Big Bear Boulevard attract flocks of locals and visitors...."
Children's Activities in Oahu, Hawaii | Everyday Li...
"While it's easy to find family-friendly beaches in Hawaii, it's not as easy to find beach campgrounds with the security, amenities and potential for fun that make a campground family-friendly...."