May 12, 2010


Spent a week in Sayulita, Mexico recently with my parents and brother's family. Wonderful spot, relaxed small town feel even though it's a popular tourist destination. Low 80s, warm water, friendly surf. It was hard to leave. Enjoy the photos.
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Posted by Dave at 11:41 AM |

June 09, 2009

Drew's graduation and trip to Bend

Mom and Dad came in for Drew's medical school graduation and with Dad retired Drew has taken over as the doctor in the family. At the graduation Drew was awarded the special honor of the gold-headed cane. The next day we all headed down to Bend for some recreating and relaxing in the sun. Lots of runs, mountain bikes, road rides and a very cold swim in Elk Lake for Beth and me in preparation for our triathlon at the end of the month. Didn't take too many photos but here's a few snapped with my iPhone, as usual Sarah and Sam star.
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Posted by Dave at 04:54 PM

December 16, 2008

Winter landscapes in the Gorge

In the spirit of the Portland Art Museum's excellent exhibit Wild Beauty, featuring historical photos of the Columbia River Gorge, I drove out to the Gorge today to take some photos of the winter landscapes. Driving I-84 and snapping some digital pics however is a lot different than what those earlier photographers had to deal with.
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Posted by Dave at 04:18 PM

December 01, 2008

A Portland Thanksgiving

I had a lot of fun hosting Thanksgiving this year. For many years I've helped out my mom with cooking and everything else but it is a whole other thing to plan everything myself. I successfully pulled off a sit-down dinner for fourteen plus Sarah who sat down only some of the time. Besides family that had travelled from up and down the East coast I had a few neighbors and friends over. more...
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September 29, 2008

Backyard chickens

I experienced the adventure of free-range chicken farming today. It was quite warm so I thought it'd be a good day to bring the chickens outside for the first time, let them run about, maybe start to identify them as individuals, not just as one of the three breeds I've got: Black Japanese (2), Silver Duckwing Old English (4), Golden Sebright (5). I'd like to know sooner rather than later which are roosters also. I even thought I might get Sam out on a leash for a little closer introduction if things were going smoothly. more...
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September 14, 2008

Michael's wedding

I made a quick trip to the Jersey shore this weekend to see my friend Michael married and stand as his best man. It was a long way for a short trip but I was very happy to be there. I've gotten to know Tiffany over the last several years and he found an amazing woman in her. Of many reasons I am glad to know her, she taught me to knit which I have enjoyed for over five years now. She made her sister/maid of honor's dress and while in Thailand for six months last year worked with a Thai tailor to make her own wedding dress which was unique and beautiful. more...
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Posted by Dave at 11:06 PM |

September 02, 2008

Hood to Coast and Manzanita

I organized a Hood to Coast team this year and ran the race for the first time. It was an intense thirty hours of racing even though a whole lot of that was sitting in a van. I'm definitely glad to have experienced this huge event that runs right through Portland but I don't think I need to do it every year. I enjoyed running in the coastal forest at 2 am under a beautiful night sky a lot more than I expected to, I'll have to do that again! Everyone had a great time in both of our vans and then we all crashed at a beach house in Manzanita. The first night I counted twenty racers and supporters plus Sarah! Most everyone left on Sunday but the family stayed down for several more nights and lots of fun activities at the beach. Thanks to everyone for making it a special time, especially to my folks for everything, including procuring food and driving! And to our volunteers Kelly, Rachel, Elvira and Patty!
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Posted by Dave at 03:33 PM |


This event was way back in July but it was just too fun not to get a mention here. The second annual Southeast Soulfly generally lived up to the very extravagant expectations set by the original. Again it kicked off at my place and then travelled to five other houses each with a dish, game, and a drink. And some of those drinks were pretty damn strong! Lots of creative costumes and fun people on bikes, how could it go wrong really? Genius Jess!
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Posted by Dave at 03:07 PM

July 14, 2008

Days of summer

Michael drove up with his dog Sandy for a visit to Portland. We have known each other a long time and it is rewarding to continue to enjoy each other's company so much. I'm really glad he made the trip.
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Posted by Dave at 11:14 AM

July 06, 2008

Fourth of July in Mendocino

I just returned from a long overdue family reunion with my mom's extended family. Everyone was looking great and Mendocino was more fun than ever; it was hard to leave the sun and coast yesterday. The ocean was calm enough to swim in, the parade downtown was packed, David organized a wine tasting, and there were many fun rounds of disc golf! Best of all was catching up with everyone.
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Posted by Dave at 08:54 AM

June 29, 2008

Pacific Crest

I am so proud of myself! As a kid I spent six formative summers at Camp Mondamin in western North Carolina. The founder, "Chief" or Frank Bell Sr., defined adventure as "activity on one's personal frontier" and I've really taken that to heart since there is always someone faster, smarter, stronger, better looking, whatever out there and even if you are a gold medal Olympian you don't hold that spot for very long. Yesterday I danced on my own frontiers as I competed in the Pacific Crest Half-Ironman in Sunriver, OR. Last year Drew (bike), Beth (swim) and I (run) competed as a relay team, this year I had to do it all on my own. Swim-bike-run became Fear-joy-pain. more...
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Posted by Dave at 04:49 PM

June 08, 2008

Sunny weekend

Today, for the third year in a row I ran the Dirty Half, a trail run down in Bend, my favorite organized run. I headed out of Portland in a drizzle Saturday morning and not in the best mood but gradually I was enjoying the drive along 22 near Detroit and then coming over Santiam Pass the sky was blue in a way I hadn't seen for a good while and the sun was out. That did wonders for my mood and then Sam and I went for a mountain bike ride on some trails near Sisters that I first visited on foot a couple of years ago. Afterwards I met up with friends down in Bend where we camped out in the forest, throwing the frisbee until dark and then sitting around the fire. After a chilly night it was up and at 'em early for the race. It's a big event with 800 runners and a good section of the fit local crowd as well as folks from farther away like us. After bonking on many long runs over the past couple of months I was happy to have strength throughout and feel my legs under me again. That gives me some confidence for the half-Ironman in three weeks.
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Posted by Dave at 05:24 PM

June 04, 2008

Lucky uncle

One of the greatest joys in my life right now is babysitting my niece Sarah every week. She is such a happy being to be around and full of energy. We resumed that schedule today after a bit of a break. I had missed it and Sarah said she missed me too! My services will be even more in demand with another baby on the way. It's a win-win situation.
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Posted by Dave at 02:43 PM |

May 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Sam!

Sam recently turned three and I also just picked up a scanner from my folks that they weren't using. So what better time to bring out some of Sam's baby photos I got from the breeder in Eugene? He was seven weeks when I picked him up so he's a bit younger than that in these photos.
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May 20, 2008

Woods Gap Spring 2008

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April 30, 2008

Impromptu East Coast bike tour

Six years ago I bicycled across the country, leaving my life and job in Washington, DC and journeying to Portland, Oregon, which became my new home, over 4500 miles and three months. I just completed my first solo bike tour since then and while much shorter I felt echoes of that previous trip, a transforming experience that marked a change in my life's course. I traveled from northern New Jersey to southwest Virginia in six days, covering 590 miles.

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Posted by Dave at 02:13 PM |

March 13, 2008

Death of a Flower

My last photography class is tonight and for my final project I shot a bouquet of flowers over a week. I was hoping to show the decay from fresh bloom to brown dried petal but the daffodils and especially the hyacinth are pretty hardy, they only significantly weathered today, the last day, a week after being picked. The crocuses disintegrated in a day on the other hand.
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Posted by Dave at 04:41 PM

February 27, 2008


Last week for photography class we submitted images shot with the intent to explore the elements of composition. My camera lens busted over the week and so the images I shot were with my point and shoot and some are just snapshots from my ski trip, still I wanted to submit something. I have ordered a new lens which should be here Thursday, I'm excited to try it out.
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Posted by Dave at 10:06 AM

February 20, 2008

Vander Ski Weekend

I spent President's Day weekend up at Government Camp in a big house with a lot of fun people playing in the snow. Life is pretty good! It was a gorgeous weekend, with no new snow cross-country skiing was more appealing to me than downhill although I did go boarding Friday night. It was great to have a full day on the mountain and at the end of it be able to kick back at the house or Charlie's with a beer rather than driving back to Portland. Then you could have a leisurely morning but still be heading out at a reasonable time to start another adventure. Thank you Becky for organizing this getaway!
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Posted by Dave at 10:05 AM

February 18, 2008

Depth of field

Our latest homework in photography class was to play around with shallow and deep depths of field manipulated through aperture, distance to subject, and focal length of lens.
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February 07, 2008

Time and Motion Studies

Our assignment the past week in photography class was to experiment with a range of shutter speeds to capture motion, by freezing it and blurring it.
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Posted by Dave at 09:46 PM

February 02, 2008

Birthday activities

Thanks to everyone who made celebrating my birthday so wonderful. Snowboarding at SkiBowl, beer at the warming hut, party with friends.
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Posted by Dave at 03:24 PM


I've started a beginning digital photography class at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in the Pearl. Our first assignment was to bring ten images of our concept of beauty to class. I didn't get out as much as I'd hoped but here is what I came up with. Our assignment for next week is to shoot in shutter priority and experiment with freezing action, blurring motion and pan shots. I'm excited to learn more about my digital SLR and post-processing digital images.
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Posted by Dave at 12:33 PM |

November 25, 2007

Kruger's Crossing CX Classic

After spending Thanksgiving in Florida it was a little rough landing back in cold and gray Portland. Today however showed me everything I love about home. It was cool but clear in the morning. After going out for a great breakfast I picked up Drew and we headed to Sauvie's Island for our last cyclocross race of the year. We both felt good racing single speed and then we stayed to watch the women, A's and for the Portland Racing raffle. The atmosphere on the farm is always a good one and today didn't disappoint with a raging bonfire, a low winter sun, Cycle-Sportif waffles and lots of racing.
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Posted by Dave at 08:44 PM

November 10, 2007


The Cross Crusade hosted the Single Speed World Championships this weekend. While the likes of Sven Nys did not show up, champions Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks did. Saturday there was a time trial to qualify for the big day. Drew and I both just barely missed getting in on our TT time. They had a bonus round of bunny hopping and brakeless aerobar descending where Drew was able to add 30 seconds and get a berth in the championship. Not being a bunny-hopper myself I did a two lap race at the end of the day and came in 10th with the top 15 advancing to Sunday's main event. During that race I got my first push from a spectator, some woman in the beer garden reached out and helped me up the muddy slope, just like those fans of Lance and Ulrich in the Alps.

Sunday they called the whole field by name in order of qualifying times so Drew and I were at the back but then they turned the whole field around and we started right at the front of eighty some riders. All the fast guys had to fight to get to the front which is usually where they start off. After one lap and about ten minutes I got a flat in my rear tire. Having no spare wheels in the pit this ended my race. I was really bummed. More than that I think my body fired off all kinds of endorphins or something at the beginning of the race that I would have spent or used in an hour effort but quitting after ten minutes they were all still racing around me, even now I feel bottled up, I think I'll need to run today. Drew had a great day, looking strong all the way to the finish, he is indeed a world champion. Thanks to Michelle for cheering both days and taking some great photos on Sunday.
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Posted by Dave at 06:34 PM |

October 29, 2007

Pumpkin Carving

My fourth annual pumpkin carving party was the best yet and the first in my new house. We also celebrated my brother's birthday. There were old friends and new friends, hot tub and margaritas, carrot and minestrone, Jay-Z and Jeik B. Once again I had too much fun hosting to carve a pumpkin. Enjoy the photos.
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Posted by Dave at 12:57 PM |

September 30, 2007

Jennie and Nate's wedding

Jennie and Nate were married in Chapel Hill yesterday!
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Posted by Dave at 07:36 PM

Woods Gap

Beth, Sarah, Sam and I have been at Woods Gap the last week and are headed home tomorrow.
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Posted by Dave at 06:49 PM

August 17, 2007

Mount Adams in a day

"Good to be alive" was an oft-repeated phrase yesterday as Scott, Meredith, Rich and I ran through the high alpine meadows around Mount Adams. For Scott and I this was our second circumnavigation of a Cascade peak this year after circling St. Helens last month. The distance around Mt. Adams at thirty-five miles was a little longer but we weren't expecting the wash-outs or as much elevation change as on Helens. For the first twenty miles or so that was the case but on the east side of the mountain we faced difficult route finding and significant climbing. We were treated with a full day's adventure. more...
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Posted by Dave at 01:51 PM |

August 12, 2007

Bridge Pedal

Rode Bridge Pedal today with about twenty thousand other folks, some of whom I knew (see photo). This year was special as we stopped for Bloody Marys in Sellwood and had to catch back up to the ride afterwards. Once we passed the truck picking up the cones we were good. The Fremont bridge remains my favorite. We had to walk for about 1/2 an hour before Ross Island but the crowd had a good feel, singing Happy Birthday and doing the wave. I got some great photos, will post them later. Update: here are the photos.
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Posted by Dave at 04:43 PM

July 08, 2007

Going around the mountain

Scott and I have long talked about circumnavigating some of the local peaks in one day. On Saturday we got out to adventure trail run around Mt. St. Helens on the Loowit trail. more...
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Posted by Dave at 06:07 PM |

June 25, 2007

Barlow Trail Century

The day after the triathlon (see previous post) we were back in Portland for River City's Barlow Trail Century, my favorite supported event ride. Drew, Scott and I started in Gresham for the 100-mile option while friends Meredith, Becky, Jennie and Nate, along with Dad, started at Roslyn Lake near Sandy for a 60-mile route. The highlight and turn-around for both rides was the top of Lolo Pass on the shoulders of Mt. Hood. Last year there were excellent views of the mountain however everything was socked in yesterday. We had some fairly challenging weather. Fortunately the good folks from River City had a fire going at the rest stop at the bottom of the super chilly descent. I also tried stuffing the newspaper under the jersey for the first time and that helped with the wind chill. Scott crashed early on but managed to fall well and limit his injuries. At the end we all enjoyed Laughing Planet burritos, smoothies and Full Sail beer. Becky reluctantly turned in her demo bike from Seven Cycles.
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Posted by Dave at 02:20 PM |

Pacific Crest Half-Ironman

Saturday, the Ross family competed in the Pacific Crest Half-Ironman triathlon as a relay team. Beth swam, Drew rode the bike, and I ran. Mom and Dad provided logistical support including dog and baby-sitting. It was a long day but lots of fun. I found it tough getting out of the house around 6:30am but having to wait to run until around 1pm. Consequently I went out a little too fast which cost me later but overall I was pleased with the run. It was especially fun to be on a team. We stayed in a rental house in Bend for two nights beforehand and enjoyed the trip away from Portland.
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Posted by Dave at 02:13 PM

May 29, 2007

Memorial Day Multisport Adventure

Headed out for an early Memorial Day weekend Friday morning with Scott. We kept busy and came back with lots of sun and good memories. more...
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May 20, 2007

Eagle Creek - Tanner Butte

Yesterday Scott, Meredith, Jennie, Sam and I headed up Eagle Creek trail, a route I never tire of. I enjoy it most on a coolish, misty day, especially when running the trail. After Tunnel Falls Jennie and Meredith turned to head back down while Scott, Sam and I ran on, going up Eagle-Tanner trail, to Tanner Butte trail in a 25-mile loop back to the start. We ran where runnable but walked steeper uphills and the many tight sections where the trail was almost completely overgrown. We ran into a group of three backpackers and no one else except nearer the trailheads. Scott and I have plans to do many more of these types of adventures, including circumnavigating Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood. For complete metrics on the route, visit
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Posted by Dave at 05:35 PM

April 24, 2007

Cherry of a Ride

Sunday I went out to the Dalles for the 3rd annual Cherry of a Ride century. Jennie and Nate had organized a bunch of us to come out for the ride. I dropped Sam off at Jennie's to play with Walnut for the day and then we all headed to the start. Meredith and Kristen did the 48-mile loop while Nate, Gary and I did the 100-mile option. This was the first big ride of the season for me and was full of hills, especially in the second half of the ride. However the weather favored us and we had an incredible day. It got me excited to get on the road bike more and to look forward to other road rides, such as the Barlow Trail Century. As usual I had my Forerunner on and you can view the course at Check out the elevation profile! I would love to get out to the eastern reaches of the Columbia River gorge for some more riding as there was very little traffic and beautiful views.
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Posted by Dave at 08:46 AM |

November 28, 2006

Sarah's First Thanksgiving

I traveled with my sister-in-law and niece to Thanksgiving as Drew had to stay in town a bit longer for an exam. Sarah proved herself an exceptional traveler especially compared with others her age. She mostly slept on the way out though it was plenty of work for Beth with feedings and soothings. On the plane someone said she had her father's hair and even though I am her uncle she does have some similar curls at the moment.

Our first Thanksgiving at Woods Gap was amazing. I took advantage of nearby Rocky Knob by going on several trail runs. The leaves on the ground occasionally made finding your footing interesting but the views through the barren trees were worth it. I'm afraid Sam is in for a bit of letdown after the activity level at the Gap.
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Posted by Dave at 11:06 AM

October 30, 2006

3rd annual pumpkin carving party

Saturday night I hosted my third annual pumpkin carving party and it was another great success. We carved a total of twelve pumpkins, some from patterns and some straight from the imagination. I didn't end up carving a pumpkin but enjoyed watching everyone else work and visiting. Everyone was amazed how much better the pumpkins look once you take them outside and light them from within.
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Posted by Dave at 10:43 AM

September 25, 2006

Czech Republic bicycle tour

Scott and I are back from our two week trip to Austria and the Czech Republic. We spent two days in Vienna, then cycled to Prague where we enjoyed two days before flying home. I took quite a few photos and whittled them down significantly for this album however there are still a lot more than I usually post. Enjoy! For even more photos check out this slideshow (137 MB Quicktime movie).
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Posted by Dave at 09:21 AM

August 27, 2006

Portland Century

Scott, Drew and I rode in the inaugural Portland Century today and it was a blast! It was the first century for both Drew and Scott and we all survived admirably. There were a few hiccups with it being the first time this event has been put on such as long packet pickup lines, a few quirks in the directions and routing and the dreaded invisible third rest stop at mile 70 in the middle of an industrial wasteland with water bottles on empty! However all that aside it was a super day, a beautiful route with fun Portland bikey people. Scott and I have decided that women on bikes are even cuter than women runners...the legs! more...
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Posted by Dave at 08:42 PM

August 14, 2006

2nd largest recreational ride in the country

Yesterday, Drew, Dad and I joined 18,000 other Bridge Pedal riders to cross all ten of Portland's bridges on bikes. We had a perfect Portland summer morning to revel in riding where cars usually dominate. Portland is very bike friendly however the bridges are a bit of a weak point in that respect. Not yesterday though as we listened to music and took in the view on top of the Fremont/I-405 bridge. The ride ran smoother than last year although you shouldn't be in too much of a rush for this one.
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Posted by Dave at 02:48 PM

June 13, 2006

Bend weekend

On Saturday Scott and I headed down to Bend for the weekend. What a change of scenery just a few hours out of town. In fact as soon as you're driving down the east side of Mt. Hood you're in a high desert that few associate with Oregon that have only visited the Willamette Valley and coast. Saturday evening we went to Big Eddy along the Deschutes river where Scott fished and I wandered about with my camera, wrote in my journal and read my book. That night we camped in the surrounding National Forest and Sunday morning we showed up for the Dirty Half marathon that I think should be called the Dusty Half. It was a fun race that sold out at 500 participants and attracted a lot of the semi-professional and professional outdoor recreaters that have congregated in Bend. Bend is amazing in that twenty to thirty minutes out of town you can mountain bike, cross-country ski, kayak, downhill ski, rock climb, fly fish, trail run and more I'm sure at amazing places. The run was a little tough for me since it was much drier and warmer than I'm used to around the Portland area. Great post-race goodies including beer from Deschutes Brewery. Who's in for next year?
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Posted by Dave at 08:27 AM

April 17, 2006

Paria Canyon

Over the Easter weekend my friend Scott and I got away from rainy Portland. We flew to Las Vegas and then drove to southwestern Utah to explore some canyon country. We first stopped in Zion National Park before heading on an overnight camping trip through Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon.
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Posted by Dave at 03:01 PM |

August 15, 2005

Bridge Pedal

Yesterday with the parents in town we all went on the 10th annual Providence Bridge Pedal. This 38 mile ride goes over 10 Willamette River bridges in Portland. That's all the bridges save a freight train railroad trestle. This includes two interstate bridges where the entire top levels were closed to motorized traffic. What a celebration of the bicycle!
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Posted by Dave at 12:30 PM

June 20, 2005

Scavenger Hunt

Could you find where this Portland icon is located and identify when the hotel across the street was built? The majority of the seventy-four participants (including six children) in Saturday's Bike Scavenger Hunt were able to solve this and twenty-seven other clues. Just about everyone seemed to enjoy the hunt around inner Portland by bicycle. We finished the ride up at Wild Oats and handed out a few prizes. Thanks to everyone who showed up to make this event so much fun and to help support the BTA. Also thanks to our sponsors and volunteers.

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Posted by Dave at 10:55 AM |

April 08, 2005

Lost coast adventure

I just returned from a hiking trip along California's Lost Coast with my friend Michael. It'd been a while since either of us had gone backpacking but we returned to it gladly. We packed way too much food and ate like kings. The bears stayed away but we saw sea lions, sea otters, birds, deer, squirrels; all while walking a still wild coastal landscape.
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Posted by Dave at 11:15 AM

March 28, 2005


I'm just back from a week's family vacation on the island of Kauai, my first visit to the Hawaiian islands. I enjoyed escaping rainy Portland for the week with hikes, helicopter and boat rides, and plenty of beach time spent snorkeling, swimming, and boogie boarding. Already I miss the soft air, roosters outside the door, and the closeness of family.
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Posted by Dave at 10:36 AM |

January 22, 2005

Neahkahnie Mountain

My friend Jennie and I had planned a cross-country skiing trip for yesterday but some unseasonably warm weather has made the snow conditions very unfavorable. So we switched gears and headed to the Oregon coast. You'd never think it was January. We hiked up Neahkahnie mountain through some fecund coastal woods and up to some magnificent views.
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Posted by Dave at 10:43 AM |

January 02, 2005

New Year's

Happy New Year! I spent the holiday with my parents in North Carolina and Virginia. We've been having a ball. For the weekend we went to their mountain home in Virginia. Here are some photos.
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Posted by Dave at 08:27 AM

December 26, 2004

Workshop Christmas

Christmas was a change for the family this year. My brother spent it with his wife's family and Mom, Dad, and I celebrated in the workshop at my parent's mountain home. The house is under renovation.

We woke up Christmas morning to 9 degrees and sunny. After we brewed our second cup of coffee the power went out. We bundled up and headed outdoors.
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Posted by Dave at 02:17 PM

December 02, 2004

Thanksgiving 2004

I went back to North Carolina per tradition to celebrate my favorite holiday with the family. We were blessed with good health, good food, and good times. Only the airlines were not entirely with the program.
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Posted by Dave at 10:06 AM |

November 08, 2004

Bend weekend

Back in mid-September my friend Jennnie and I went for a camping/biking/hiking weekend near Bend, Oregon. We were surprised by an early winter storm camping at Devil's Lake near Mt. Bachelor. After a cold first night we sought out warmer temperatures for a tandem ride. On Sunday we had a great day hike at Smith Rock State Park.

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Posted by Dave at 11:29 AM

October 21, 2004

Black and White I

Photos from my first journey into the darkroom.
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Posted by Dave at 09:10 AM

April 05, 2004

Wahchella Falls

My friend Jennie and I went for a hike in the Columbia Gorge yesterday. Portland had a beautiful weekend. Wahchella Falls is a short and gorgeous hike, remarkably it wasn't too crowded.
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Posted by Dave at 06:25 PM

Rocky Knob

Mom, Dad, and I went for a day hike at Rocky Knob. It's an eleven mile loop just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had cool and comfortable weather, just escaping any major rain.
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Posted by Dave at 06:12 PM

March 09, 2004

Night shots

Almost as exciting as a Bob Seger song by a similar name, our photography class took a field trip in downtown Portland on a recent evening. We learned to look at the many different sources of light after the sun goes down. more...
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Posted by Dave at 06:54 PM

February 23, 2004

Field trip

These latest images were taken in the last couple days, some on a class field trip Saturday morning, others on my own.
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Posted by Dave at 05:46 PM

February 18, 2004


Our most recent assignment in photography class was to shoot a roll of slides. Here are a few of the results. I haven't seen these slides projected yet. Overall my scanner does a poor job with slides and crops an unacceptable amount of the image.
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Posted by Dave at 05:30 PM |

February 11, 2004


Our third assignment in my photography class was to shoot a roll of film keeping in mind some compositional guidelines.

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Posted by Dave at 05:24 PM |

February 03, 2004

Beginning Photography

I have been taking a class at Portland Community College, Beginning Photography with Warren Mitchell. The class is a fun group and I'm learning. It's good motivation to get out and take some shots. Our second assignment was shadows. Shadows can be hard to come by this time of year in Portland. Here are a few images from that assignment.
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Posted by Dave at 11:20 PM |

November 20, 2003

Quanzhou and Wuyishan

The final part of my trip was spent in Li's home province Fujian, and the town of Quanzhou. I had the most fun of the whole trip staying here with his family and meeting his friends. Quanzhou has an ancient history, 1000 years ago it was the busiest port in Asia. It has been prosperous for many centuries and there are magnificent old temples and even mosques. The old part of town is a beautiful maze of narrow cobblestoned paths and the unexpected park.

I also had the best food of the trip here, cooked in Li's home kitchen. For a few days I took a trip by myself to another popular scenic area called Wuyishan, an overnight train ride from Quanzhou. I had a fun and relaxing time there. Li and his friends had arranged my trip and I had a personal guide that could speak English. The photos are from this side trip.
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Posted by Dave at 05:53 PM


We had to go see the center of it all. Unlike most of the sections so far, here the photos show most of the things we did, it was a short visit. We did enjoy some famous Peking duck also. And we encountered the most aggressive beggars so far. On the famous Wangfujing shopping street these little girls would come up to me (or probably any foreigner) and start begging. If you didn't pay any attention to them they'd go in for the kill; they'd latch their entire body, arms and legs around your leg and you'd have to peel them off or walk around with the extra weight. Meanwhile I guess they were hoping you'd give them some change to stop the embarassment from onlookers. Also I'd already gathered that China wasn't very Communist anymore, but the Porsche and Rolls-Royce dealers within a few blocks of Tiananmen Square cinched it.
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Posted by Dave at 05:35 PM


The most fantastic landscape of the trip. This scenic area is a full day bus ride north of Chengdu and quite popular with Chinese tourists. We walked around all day and there was still more to explore. It's a high alpine valley with lakes, pools, and falls containing crystal clear water that takes on many hues depending on the light conditions. We also visited Huanglong Mountain which is a more isolated spot at an even higher altitude. It was a few hours hike to a temple and then back down.
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Posted by Dave at 05:00 PM

Chengdu and Qingcheng Mountain

From Shenzhen we flew to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province and famous for its spicy, "mouth-numbing" cuisine. Li and I loved it. In our favorite style you have a big spicy, oily bubbling pot in front of you into which you dip all sorts of meats and vegetables to cook. Then dip in your own sesame oil mix and eat! We had excellent hosts in Chengdu, some friends of Li's mom. It's a huge city, some 10 million or so. It's also almost always completely clouded and hazed over due to pollution and lying in a low valley surrounded by mountains. We went hiking on one of those mountains, full of ancient history, sacred in the Taoist religion. The photos are from that day trip.
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Posted by Dave at 04:39 PM

Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Hong Kong was a separate world from the rest of China. It was pretty overwhelming on my first time through. Coming back through it though I realized it's similar to the West in many ways. Beautiful architecture along the harbor. The most efficient public transit I've ever seen. On Saturday we walked the shopping streets of Mong Kok which are thronged with people; you can buy everything from a tropical fish to a bouquet of flowers to a new computer or Jaguar, fake Rolex, real Rolex, whatever you like. Shenzhen, China is a neighbor to Hong Kong and was my port of entry into mainland China.
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Posted by Dave at 03:27 PM |

October 06, 2003


The gang
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Posted by Dave at 04:56 PM

September 13, 2003

Bachelor party

My brother just got married and to celebrate his last day of bachelorhood we organized a mountain bike ride. Turned out to be a great ride around Hagg Lake west of Portland. We barely got the groom to the wedding rehearsal on time but it was worth it.
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Posted by Dave at 02:09 PM |

September 12, 2003

Deschutes rafting trip

On August 26 my brother and his fiancee took her family, my mom and I on a run of the Deschutes. We were two rafts and two duckies.
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Posted by Dave at 08:39 AM