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0ptimissed

PNW Photographer and Explorer

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Hello, all. I am new here, so this is my obligatory first post. I live in Oregon and have been an explorer and mountaineer most of my life. However, in recent years, I haven't had as much time as I would like to get out there on multi-day adventures, and have been limited to day trips around the PDX region. I am always looking to hear about any abandoned mines, ghost town updates, and abandoned buildings to photograph. I have been a rockhound most of my life, but only recently decided to add precious metals (namely gold) to my list of things to prospect for. Of course, I don't expect anyone to share their spots, but if anyone has any useful info in this regard, I'd love to hear it. I am hoping to make adventuring a more regular thing, including blogging my trips reports (which I intend to crosspost here). 

I am also beginning my search for a better adventure vehicle, so am looking for suggestions there, as well. I have a knack for getting small cars into places they should not be (and even getting them back out again), but am definitely looking for something more rugged for my next purchase (I have experience with Subaru, Toyota, and Jeep, but it's been a number of years since I had anything with 4WD). 

My dogs go with me everywhere, so they get their own intro. Mesa is the australian shepherd and D'Argo is the belgian malinois. Both are in training for scent work (mantrailing, nosework, and truffle/antler hunting) and backpacking, and D'argo is also learning to be my primary method of defense (the secondary being a gun, of course). 

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Greetings and welcome to EF !  Long time past resident of WA state...was taking delight in the news yesterday that Multnomah Falls Lodge was reopening after the forest fires earlier this year.  Being a big tourist thing for the state of OR, I'm happy to see things finally (somewhat) get back to normal.  Of course it will be decades before the scorched land recovers...

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On 11/30/2017 at 3:28 AM, Harley Kuehl said:

Greetings and welcome to EF !  Long time past resident of WA state...was taking delight in the news yesterday that Multnomah Falls Lodge was reopening after the forest fires earlier this year.  Being a big tourist thing for the state of OR, I'm happy to see things finally (somewhat) get back to normal.  Of course it will be decades before the scorched land recovers...

Thanks everyone! 
And Harley, I lived in WA for nearly 20 years, and know almost every inch of it. I've still got a lot to explore in both OR and WA though. 

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