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The first drop of rain plunked the sidewalk with a splat I could hear despite the two earbuds jutting from the sides of my head, the plastic appendages of the urban pedestrian addicted to podcasts.

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There was a big problem on the trail at BC Creek, on the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness near Wallowa Lake.

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Maps fascinate me, and because they do I harbor what’s probably an abnormal interest in boundaries.

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Peter Johnson had something of an epiphany about hiking trails when the trail his boots had recently been treading on seemed to up and disappear.

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The split-rail fence near Eilertson Meadow is my favorite enclosure.

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Oregon’s wolf population grew by almost 10% during 2020, and 20 of the state’s 22 wolf packs live in the northeast corner of the state.

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With skiers and snowboarders carving turns in fresh powder, feathery white clouds glittering in their wake, it was almost possible to forget there’s a pandemic going on.

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I like to read about geology, but the story of the ground beneath our feet is much more visceral when it’s smeared all over your clothes.

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Wallowa Lake is difficult to take for granted.

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Renee Patrick started her epic walk through the Blue Mountains in the sweaty heat of July, and she finished it amid the nostril-freezing chill of an alpine autumn.

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The malady afflicts me every January, as certain as the handful of fir needles the vacuum cleaner fails to inhale after the Christmas tree has been dragged to its ignominious end.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it possible for some people to spend a couple of nights this winter in a snowbound log cabin high in the Elkhorn Mountains.

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Beavers are reclusive and elusive, but they can’t do much about that telltale tail.

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Jerry Yencopal’s once-in-a-lifetime bighorn sheep hunt was very nearly stopped by a black widow spider.

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This year, I thought smugly, I had the Christmas tree problem solved before Halloween.

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State biologists have confirmed that the outbreak of pneumonia that has sickened and in some cases killed bighorn sheep in both of Baker County’s herds was caused by the same strain of bacteria.

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I like to walk where, on a majority of days in any given year, I would splash.

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ENTERPRISE — Following a trend set in recent years, anglers fishing the Grande Ronde and its tributaries for steelhead can expect a season of sparse returns and a disproportionate number of un…

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LA GRANDE — There are hundreds of hiking, fishing and hunting spots in Oregon. But only a portion of them are accessible to people with disabilities. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife…

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A little more than a week ago, pedaling a mountain bike probably was the fastest way to descend the slopes at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.

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We went searching for the Singing Rock on the sort of October day when both the cloying heat of summer and the nostril-clenching chill of winter seem more fantasy than recent or looming reality.

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MEDICAL SPRINGS — A drive down a familiar road these days can feel less like a trip through friendly territory and more like doomscrolling. The red and blue propped up in every other yard, on …

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Certain three-word terms can cause goosebumps to erupt on my forearms and my mouth to go dry.

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Ken Emerson’s family might have been the last people to spend the night in the Porcupine Guard Station, and it all happened because he was a bit too confident in his Ford Bronco’s off-road prowess.

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Eight months after a bacterial illness was confirmed to be spreading through one of Baker County’s two herds of bighorn sheep, animals in the other herd are also getting sick and, in a few cas…

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The first step onto a trail has a bit of magic in it, no matter how modest the measurement of a single stride.

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The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is proposing to increase fees at 28 campgrounds and to charge fees at 24 other recreation sites, most of them also campgrounds, that are free now. The chang…

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Pandemic or no, it still comes down to powder.

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If the Woodley Rocks were in a national park, a paved trail would wind among the peculiar pinnacles and you’d hardly be able to get a photograph that didn’t include a couple of giggling kids w…

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We rounded the corner and suddenly the great peak, until that moment hidden by the rumpled topography, was straight ahead.

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At Bates State Park they don’t roll out the red carpet for you, but they do roll it up.

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“… ouzels seem to show excellent taste in their choice of surroundings.” — Charles Batchelder

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In the Eagle Cap Wilderness, social distancing is better measured in miles than in feet.

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FILLMORE, Utah — Tonight, I’m writing my column at the last minute from my motel in Fillmore, Utah. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry, neither had I.