- Timber Legacies 4: The Timber Wars
- The first big environmental battle in Oregon’s brewing timber wars.
- Two Spirit Woman: the Kootenai Doomsday Prophetess
- The Chinook Canoe
- Of dogs, children and economy
- What the mushrooms think about “being late”.
- Chief Cowaniah and the Klickitat Raiders
- A different perspective on walking in the woods…
- The Tualatin Hills are not just “a walk in the woods”!
- Pisgah Home Road – what’s behind this curious name?
- Portland landscape 200 years ago.
- “Sauvie” Island? Why not “Logie’s Island” or even “Wapato Island”?
- Lumberjack Legacies 3 – The unstoppable meets the impenetrable
- Lumberjack Legacies 2 – Dr. McLoughlin’s Hawaiian lumber trade.
- Lumberjack Legacies 1 – Letting Light into the Swamp
- When Bullwhackers reigned supreme
- Forgotten corner of Oregon
- Mud is us!
- Contagion – could it happen here? It did!
- You may never appreciate a clear-cut, but…
- Rediscovering David Thompson: he mapped the transcontinental canoe route down the Columbia River!
- Hurting the earth as little as possible – in memory of Randy Hodges
- Rock Creek – one of the prettiest streams in the North Coast!
- Wishing for a mattress sandwich on a hot August day…
- Gyppo logging
Setting up and maintaining the information behind this site is a huge undertaking, and any contribution that you can make to cover expenses would be most gratefully accepted. Happy Trails, Jim Thayer
Category Archives: Indian lore
The Chinook Canoe was a craft of extraordinary beauty and was as much their home as it was the outward expression of their graceful relationship with the life-force that sustained them, the Columbia River. These canoes came in all sizes … Continue reading
When I’m climbing in the hills above the Columbia River I often stop to gaze down into the valley and try to imagine what it looked like before contact with the European cultures. Most people’s preconception of what the lower … Continue reading
Nowadays the island at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, is referred to as “Sauvie Island”, or sometimes “Sauvie’s Island” by the older residents. It’s a favorite spot for Portlanders to cycle, to hunt water fowl, or even … Continue reading
You may never appreciate a clear-cut, but there is more to this practice than merely wanton violence perpetrated upon nature. For many people the sight of denuded hillsides is both depressing and incomprehensible. I won’t disagree, though I take a … Continue reading
In pre-contact days our nature was stable, clean and nurturing… Finally, it’s getting decently hot in Oregon! This is the time of the year when our landscape begins to burn up around us. So far this year we’ve been blessed … Continue reading
This iconic flower is frequently all that heralds our Pacific Northwest spring, since the common characteristics of this vernal season, like warming weather and diminishing rain are so often missing in our chilly jungle. March 8th dawned clear and sunny … Continue reading