Oregon 2018 Part 1: Mount Hood Country

We are back to our regular lives in Honolulu. Back to our cat, our garden, our jobs, and back to the salt – the waves, the tides and trade winds, bonefish and papio. A month away is a long time. Significant things happen in a month, and mundane things too, like old water heaters and broken gutters. Things are lost and gained, friends met or missed, places changed or discovered.

July was a pretty big adventure. A lot happened. I will try to put the best of it into words, especially the fishing, but the memories are already blurring a bit. I can’t help but be reminded of the timeless words of Norman Maclean: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Or, perhaps, I am just getting older. Continue reading

Standing Ovation

IMG_20150714_091649One beautiful summer evening after a dinner of tacos and beer at the Trillium Cafe, Tara and I took a walk. We followed Hood River from downtown, stopping to eat a few fat blackberries before making our way onto The Spit, a narrow park extending into the Columbia River.   Continue reading


The family of one of my many aunts has a long-standing tradition of visiting Lake Almanor each summer. Located in Northern California, it’s about a nine hour drive from Eugene. My parents had joined them the year before and had so much fun they decided to return. Naturally, we decided to go along.

 The daily schedule involved lots of boating, wakeboarding, wakesurfing (an interesting blend of wakeboarding and surfing) and plenty of down time on the beach.

 The main draw in the lake is rainbow trout, but it’s cool waters also hold small mouth bass. Not having any experience trolling for trout I came prepared to do some bass fishing. The water was very clear with sparse structure. I had no luck the first day but I finally hooked one fish late on the second afternoon.

The blue bandana around my neck is actually my newly acquired Buff. I’ve seen so many rave reviews that I decided to buy one for myself. It wasn’t really necessary on the lake but I think it will be invaluable for those long, windy days of flats-fishing in Hawaii.