Hiking along the Umpqua River

To celebrate National Trails Day and to enjoy the outdoors, I joined up with a bunch of women from my church in Eugene for a day of hiking along the Umpqua River in southern Oregon. Following a portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, we stopped for three short hikes to beautiful cascading waterfalls on the north Umpqua. Each building in size and awe-power, the waterfalls filled the day with relaxing river sounds and a chance to get away and enjoy the fellowship of other women in the wild! Continue reading


Climbing into the Canopy in the McKenzie River Valley

Surrounded by a rainbow of green and the scent of fresh spring forest, I hung out with my feet dangling and wide grin on my face. Nothing could ruin my spirits – especially at 100 feet off the ground! Gazing … Continue reading

A Visit to Tipi Village Resort

Hidden in the trees, down a road less travel, just before a ghost town, a sanctuary of Tipis flourish.The white topped tents standout against the green forested path, yet naturally blend in with the landscape as if they somehow belong. Walking the bark chip paths, with light music floating in the air and the soft sounds of the creek and chickens, the whole scene screamed a whisper of bliss.

A retreat to get away from it all or to gather with friends, Tipi Village Resort just outside of Macola, Oregon is a little piece of serenity outside of the Eugene/Springfield metro. With six tipis, a garden cottage, studio, cabin, and master bedroom, the resort is a unique lodging experience for couples or the entire family.

I headed out to Tipi Village Resort last night with a handful of my co-works for a grand Paella feast. Did I forget to mention above that they have large outdoor kitchen and pizza oven? Yes, and man can they cook! Between the grape, fig and cheese pizza to the amazing seafood and meat Spanish Paella and wine, no one went hungry. The crowd this lovely, summer evening was also treated to beautiful music and a special performance of Italian songs.

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