Everything to know about exploring Oregon's best outdoor destinations from the Statesman Journal including where to camp, hike, bike and more.
An Oregon ghost town's illegal Black loggers showcased at museum in Joseph
In this episode, outdoors intern Olivia Stevens transports listeners to what was once a booming logging town in northeastern Oregon. It was also a town where Black people lived and worked at a time when it was illegal for them to do so because of Oregon's racist laws.
Now, 100 years after the founding of Maxville, a descendant's efforts to bring to light the triumphs and challenges of Black loggers in Oregon are gaining widespread traction at the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center.
Hikes and science abound at NE Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve
In this episode, host Zach Urness talks with outdoors intern Olivia Stevens about her experience exploring the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in northeast Oregon.
While the Zumwalt may not be the main draw for visitors to the Enterprise and Joseph area, its managers make a compelling case for taking the a remote drive there. Visitors to the prairie can hike four beautiful trails for views of native grassland and nearby canyons.
Stevens spoke with The Nature Conservancy, the environmental nonprofit that owns the 51-acre preserve, and visits with Oregon State University students about the importance and difficulty of preserving the prairie into the future.
Will this Oregon winter be snowy, rainy or dry? El Nino to have major impact
In this episode, host Zach Urness forecasts the upcoming winter with state climatologist Larry O'Neill.
The two discuss whether this winter will be rainy, snowy, dry or warm, and looked at how the El Nino weather pattern would likely impact the next few months. Specifically, the two talked about how the strength of this year's El Nino could determine whether Oregon has a wet or dry winter.
A conversation with Oregon's godfather of sandboarding, Lon Beale
In this episode of the Explore Oregon Podcast, host Zach Urness talks with the godfather of sandboarding in Oregon and across the world — Lon Beale.
They talk about how to get started sandboarding on the Oregon Coast and its dunes, why it's so much fun and how the sport started. Beale talks about some of the best places to ride, how the sport has advanced and how he designed the world's first modern sandboards.
Beale is the owner of Venomous Sandboards and the Sand Master Sandboarding Park & Store in Florence.
Eugene author Bob Welch details 'section hiking' the PCT over 11 years
In this episode, outdoors intern Olivia Stevens takes listeners through a Eugene author's unusual strategy to finishing the Pacific Crest Trail. Rather than the traditional experience of completing the trail from the borders of Mexico to Canada in one go, Bob Welch hiked the 2,650 miles in 17 chunks over 11 years.
Welch recently published a book about his experience, “Seven Summers (and a few Bummers): My Adventures on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail.”
He will speak about the book and sign copies at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday at 7 p.m. and at the Corvallis public library at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.
Stevens talked to Welch about the PCT, trail magic and the pros and cons of sectioning out the iconic trail from Mexico to Canada.
Why hasn't Oregon released investigation reports of the 2020 Labor Day Fires yet?
In this episode, host Zach Urness talks about why fire investigation reports from the devastating 2020 Labor Day Fires still have not been finished or released by Oregon officials.
Zach was interviewed about his in-depth reporting on the subject by Dave Miller, host of Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting. They talk about where the investigations stand after three years, why it's taking so long, what we know and how California does thing differently.
Lots of great ideas for getting outside in Oregon and good context about how to stay away from the crowds!
Oregon is a Joke
If listening to this podcast for a couple years has taught me anything, it’s that 1) the government in Oregon is actively trying to keep people from outdoor recreation, and 2) Oregonians are entitled, conceited hypocrites who abuse nature when given the opportunity. That’s basically the theme of every episode. “Too many people are going outside and ruining it. How do we keep them from doing it while keeping up this facade of being green, outdoorsy Oregonians?” State Parks is a joke. The Forest Service is a disappointment. Go to literally any other state if you want wide open spaces and freedom to recreate responsibly.
Good Oregon content but volume
Good Oregon content. Many great ideas for places to go.
But the volume level varies from segment to segment. The guitar music at the beginning of the podcast is particularly loud relative to the other segments.