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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Terry:

Oregon, Washington may have more national parks than you think

The National Park System, which celebrates its centennial in 2016, has 59 parks that carry the name "national park." That number climbs to 409 park units managed by the park service when you include the many national monuments, preserves, seashores, battlefields, historic sites and other such park units designated by Congress. → Read More

UO's Marine Life Center has March opening target in Charleston on Oregon coast

The center has been a work in progress since its conception in 2007. When ready, it will provide a visitor component to the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, a 130-acre UO campus on the coast that offers the only marine biology undergraduate degree in the state. → Read More

Oregon's state parks offer First Day Hikes on Jan. 1

Parks in the Portland area with First Day Hikes are L.L. "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park, 9 a.m. at the Hilltop Day-use Area; Milo McIver State Park, 10 a.m. at the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot, and Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. → Read More

Oregon winter resorts more than dreaming of white Christmas

One caveat is obvious: After two frustrating winters, this Christmas holiday is going to be busy, busy, busy. Expect to contend with lots of other people heading into the mountains to play in the snow. → Read More

Yosemite, Sequoia key players in evolution of U.S. National Park Service

Portland and the rest of the country will join the yearlong adventure on Feb. 12 when "National Parks Adventure'' begins playing at IMAX theaters around the world, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. → Read More

Sequoia National Park's big trees earn title as 'giants'

The world has 75 groves of giant sequoias, all on the west slope of the south-central Sierra Nevada. The Grant Grove and the Giant Forest are the easiest to see and have the biggest trees, thus are the main attractions at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. → Read More

Mt. Hood Skibowl, Hoodoo, Willamette Pass to open for skiing

Oregon's higher elevation resorts have been scraping by the past two winters, but Skibowl, Hoodoo and Willamette Pass have had only a few full days of operation between them. → Read More

Yosemite's waterfalls return to life with late autumn moisture

The short trail to Mirror Lake leads to the scree piles beneath Half Dome, as avalanches and rockfall make crashing sounds high above. Offseason visitors can walk to the base of El Capitan and touch its Nose, one of the most famous rock climbs in the world, with nary a climber in sight high on the route. → Read More

Mt. Ashland joins Oregon ski areas in operation Sunday

More snow is on the way, with a winter storm warning in effect for the northern Oregon Cascades down to Lane County through mid-Sunday morning. The forecast is for 1 to 2 feet of new snow at 4,500 foot levels, or 6 to 12 inches at the passes. → Read More

Fun outdoor recreation holiday gifts begin with drones

Outdoor recreation and travel themed gifts for 2015 holiday giving. → Read More

Oregon ski areas benefit from new snow, open more lifts

The National Weather Service is calling for two to 2.5 feet of new snow at the 6,300-foot level on Mount Hood, Friday through Sunday, then says temperatures will remain cold enough at pass levels for more snow for at least another week. → Read More

Reader poll: Which NW national forest is best for outdoor recreation

To vote in the best national forest polls and follow the progress, tune into OregonLive.com/Travel, where it will be easy to find something about the region's national forests every day from now through December. → Read More

Oregon's southeast desert hot springs beckon in winter

Southeast Oregon's three big desert counties, Lake, Harney and Malheur, each have hot springs worth the long drives it takes to get to them. Some are on public land, where use is free and mostly unregulated, but others are private resorts, as rustic as rustic gets but an experienced relished by many Oregonians. → Read More

Newberry Caldera has hot springs at Paulina, East lakes

The Paulina Lake Hot Springs is a two-mile walk along the east shore of the lake, starting from the trailhead parking spots at the far end of Little Crater campground. The springs are on Hot Springs Beach, a quarter mile length of the lake shore where mineral deposits inhibit tree growth. → Read More

Mt. Hood Skibowl ready to open tubing hill Friday

Cosmic Tubing, which is a registered trademark, begins the season Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 5-11 p.m. Skibowl describes it as day tubing on steroids, with 600,000 colored LED lights, rocking music, laser shows, DJ nights and fireworks every third Saturday starting in December. → Read More

Three Oregon ski areas begin opening more chairlifts

People heading into Oregon's mountains during the Thanksgiving holidays should expect winter driving conditions. The next forecast for snow is not until Monday, but temperatures will remain below freezing to make for icy driving conditions. → Read More

Mt. Hood Meadows opens two chairlifts for skiing Friday to Sunday

The amount of terrain will obviously be limited, since the resort's highest and longest lifts will not be running. The weekend will have a special rail park for freestylers, as well as cross-country skiing at the Nordic Center and a snowshoe trail. → Read More

Terry's top 10 terrible Thanksgiving trips (photos)

Ten trips I've made over Thanksgiving and why it would have been better to stay home -- sort of. This is an attempt at humor and should not be taken too seriously. → Read More

Three Oregon ski resorts open Saturday

Ski conditions are limited by the early season conditions, though the ski areas have developed snow farming techniques in recent winters to make conditions as good as possible. Mt. Hood Meadows actually collects snow from its parking lot and moves it up to the ski runs to where it is needed. → Read More

Ecola State Park, Arcadia Beach have storm-related closures

On Saturday, Nov. 14, the county seat of Astoria received 2.78 inches of rain, enough to cause damage at Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach, and at Arcadia Beach, just south Cannon Beach. → Read More