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2015: The Year of the Taco

“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume   I love New Years. I love reflecting on the past year and having that feeling of renewal and hope for the future, seeing prospects and working towards them. I am a indeed a future-driven individual, despite what all of the yoga teachers pound into my little brain. I often ignore them. I like change, I like new starts and I love the excitement of the possible. I often have...

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Exploring and Supporting Communities by Bike: Part 2

The Story of Prairie City Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series that explores the real impact that cycling can have on rural communities. “We are a poor region.” I don’t know how many times I heard this. Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton welcomed our group one evening and boisterously said this with a smile. The director of a local non-profit organization shared this with us. As I browsed through the little businesses in towns, several locals echoed this sentiment. “We are a poor region. But we are rich in people, history and generosity, and we are so happy to have you...

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Cycle Tourism Supports Rural Communities in Oregon: Part 1

Getting to know the eastern Oregon landscape and communities. Note: This is a Part 1 of a two-part series that explores the positive impact that cycling can have on rural communities. In 2012, Travel Oregon Commission conducted a study to learn about the economic impact cycle tourism throughout the state. The results were an astounding. Travelers who participated in bicycle-related activities while traveling in Oregon spent nearly $400 million in 2012. $63.3 million of that was spent through “organized non-competitive group rides” or “organized group tours.” This concept is hard to fully understand. Do cyclists and the cycle touring industry really spend money?...

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The Case for Wild Places

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." -- Edward Abbey Oregon lost a true, original, environmental hero this weekend. I honestly didn’t know Tim Lillebo that well, but his death struck me a stark reminder that wild places are our keystone to life. I’m really shaken by him leaving this earthly life for a few reasons. We just don’t make people like that anymore. He was a modern day John Muir, with unbridled passion for wild places, rivers, animals and wild thinking. But he was as eloquent lobbying in Congress for reformed timber laws or talking to...

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