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Map of oregon The Oregon treasures quest

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Who doesn’t love a good quest? Oregon senator Jeff Merkley is challenging people to explore a special location in each county of Oregon: The Oregon treasures quest To submit your selfies, send the picture along with your name, the date of the picture, and the name of the location to: This is a wonderful idea […]

Bike camping

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Despite the rain in Portland, most of Oregon is dry desert. This beautiful landscape is worth visiting, but the temps can be extreme with very cold winters and scalding hot summers. However, for a few weeks each spring, the opportunity for camping is perfect. We headed out to Cottonwood Canyon for a few nights. There […]

Aluminum engraving (with a diode) Aluminum engraving (with a diode)

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

I have a running document for the optimal settings on my 20W Atomstack diode laser. It includes: wood, acrylic, fabric, glass, and even rock. However, there is a material that I’ve been meaning to try… metal. Raw aluminum would be near impossible to etch. Luckily, most of the aluminium we encounter (like your Apple laytop) […]

Wood Finish Wood Finish

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

This is more of a reminder for myself than anything else… I am not an expert woodworker and not claiming that this is the only way. Rather, it had been a while since I needed to finish a piece and I didn’t completely remember my prefered method. Next time, I can just look back at […]

Goat Rocks 2023

Monday, September 25th, 2023

A quick trip to the Goat Rocks before the falls weather sets in. My father and I set out on Friday from the #95 trailhead for a quick look that we had never done before. The 95 trail climbs quickly to goat lake and provides lots of views along the way. From the bright blue […]

Goodbye, Twitter Goodbye, Twitter

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

One day, I signed out of Facebook and just never signed back in. This was an easy choice to make. Sure, the owners, advertising, and tracking all concerned me… but it was more than that. The entire community had become toxic. Even with a limited number of connections, FB would constantly push hateful and often […]

Scrub jay nest (live webcam)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

A family of scrub jays decided to set up a nest right outside our bedroom window. We managed to throw together a makeshift birdcam.

Joe at the trailhead in the dark Mt. Adams (c2c w/ a friend)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

I try to climb Mt. Adams each year. It is a beautiful mountain and the climbing route offers majestic views and a reasonable challenge without being too technical. Last year, I decided to try a single day, car-to-car climb. This made for a very long trek: 14 miles, 7000′ of elevation gain and loss… not […]

Simple Crusty Bread Simple Crusty Bread

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

I used to bake a lot of bread, but eventually got out of the habit. Then the pandemic happened… and like everyone else, I suddenly had the time and need to again bake. But… if I’m going to take he time to bake bread, I might as well bake beautiful bread. For the past few […]

Sake log (take 2)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Just keeping track of the initial sake experiments: Day 0 (2021-02-01) Preparing the rice. After a false start, I am planning to do things right. This time the rice will be soaked and steamed in preparation of day 1. 8pm – 2.5lbs of sweet, short-grain rice was rinsed and set up to soak overnight. It […]