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Get Some Forest in Your Boots: Hiking Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood River Valley

July 10th, 2014

Get Some Forest in Your Boots: Hiking Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood River Valley By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate (Note: Linda offers a special thanks to Greg Vaughn, author of Photographing Oregon for for the photos of the Mt. Hood River Valley and Horse Tail Falls.) Old growth forest and broadleaf trees and shrubs cover Oregon’s Columbia River region in a thick verdure scented with life. The massive river flows 1,200 miles from the Canadian Rockies and is the main artery of this watershed, but the forests are the skin sheathing the mountains and the lungs... Read More

Getting the Shot with Greg Vaughn — Extraordinary Landscape and Nature Photographer Who\’s \’Written the Book\’ on Shooting the Natural Beauty of Oregon and Washington

May 28th, 2014

Getting the Shot with Greg Vaughn — Extraordinary Landscape and Nature Photographer Who\’s \’Written the Book\’ on Shooting the Natural Beauty of Oregon and Washington By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate As an adventure travel writer it is imperative that I take good landscape, action and nature shots while I am enjoying a fantastic outdoor holiday. I am the first to admit that I am a better writer than I am photographer. Getting good photographs takes, time, planning, know-how, the right equipment and a big slice of luck. Greg Vaughn helps make the... Read More

Making Tracks with New England Hiking Holidays.

April 17th, 2014

Making Tracks with New England Hiking Holidays By Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Several years I ago I hiked in the White Mountains with New England Hiking Holidays. In my article “Peak Experience,” I detail what an exquisite experience it was to hike in the buttery glow of the autumn sun beneath a canopy of tangelo leaves. Graham, our lead trip guide, told me that the Columbia River Gorge hike was his favorite offering of NEHH because of the dramatic cluster of waterfalls, scent of pine-sheathed mountains, and meadows choked with wildflowers. This image never left... Read More