• Pay It Forward

    A generous trail of transmission fluid followed us for a quarter mile up the rough road to Two Pan Trailhead. Running out of transmission fluid brought an inopportune end to hauling our four horses and gear up...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Rafting the Alsek: A Descent into Wildness

    By Carol Lovegren Miller— “’Captain Will’, what happens if I push 911 on my satellite phone?” “Nothing, there is no search and rescue in the Yukon.” It is up to you to arrange your own rescue. We...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Country Mouse Goes to the City

    By Carol Miller— I live in a rural farm community by choice, and heretofore I have avoided cities in favor of wilderness adventures. However, when my mother invited my sisters and me to join her on an...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Safety Is a Many Faceted Thing

    By Carol Miller Lovegren– My husband Kyle labeled the cup I use while horse packing, “Calamity Carol”. For me spills, bites, lacerations, and disasters are just part of an average trip – all of which makes me...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Doing the Columbia River Gorge

    By Carol Lovegren Miller– If hiking the iconic Eagle Creek trail out of the Columbia River Gorge is not on your “bucket list”, add it now! Because much of this phenomenally beautiful, waterfall-lined trail clings to the...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Spring Cleaning De-Clutter Challenge

    By Carol Lovegren-Miller – Finding a coupon that expired in 2002 on my desk, alerted me to the realization that I have a clutter problem.  As a result I took the clutter challenge: give away, throw away...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Horse Packing or Luxury Cruise?

    By Carol Miller Lovegren – The cost of upkeep for our four pack horses is about the same as a luxury cruise for two. So why would any sane person choose the rigors of horse packing over...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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    Camping in Central Oregon

    By Carol Lovegren Miller – I hate having to eat my words; they taste bad. Maybe I should have been more gracious when I spoke them.  For decades I have scorned R.V. owners as not being true...

    • Posted 5 years ago
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  • A Venture onto the Flanks of Violent Mt. St. Helens

    By Carol Lovegren Miller− Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. She steams in anger; sometimes she even blows her top.  Deceptively serene, Mount St. Helens has captivated my...

    • Posted 5 years ago
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  • Oregon’s Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

    By Carol Lovegren Miller – Southeast of John Day, puts the word “wild” back into wilderness. “I saw a rare jet black cougar this morning,” a member of the Forest Service trail crew noted, “I guess it...

    • Posted 6 years ago
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  • The Makings for a Romantic Weekend – A Wall Tent, An Old Mare, And Rain

    By Carol Lovegren-Miller – It has been 18 years since my husband, Kyle, and I have dared to spend our annual March anniversary camping trip at the beach. Our last attempt was at Cape Perpetua where an...

    • Posted 7 years ago
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  • Late in the Season Climb up South Sisters

    By Carol Lovegren Miller – “Aunt Carol, would you take Cam and I with you when you climb the South Sister mountain?” my niece Shirree entreated. Were we planning to climb the South Sister?  Hey, why not go?...

    • Posted 7 years ago
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