Outdoors

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Loon Outdoors Fly-Fishing: Eco-friendly fly-fishing gear

Alan Peterson was an avid outdoorsman, but he didn’t even own a fly rod when he landed his first job out of college with Loon Outdoors, a small fly-fishing company in Boise. In 2007, he had an opportunity to buy the business and seized it. Three years later, Peterson moved the headquarters to his idea of an outdoor mecca: Ashland.

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Athlete Profile: Diego Valeri

Sport: Soccer, Portland Timbers Hometown: Lanus, Argentina Age: 29 photo by Craig Mitchelldyer You were born and lived most of your life in Argentina. Is living in Oregon a totally different experience? No, not so different, actually. For me, it’s one of the nicest places I’ve lived …It’s amazing. Some Portland neighborhoods are very similar to Buenos Aires—mostly in the North Portland area, the other side of the river. You have the same sort of hills … It makes me feel good, you know? You were either first or second in MLS in assists the past two seasons, but you’ve also scored twenty-one goals during that same timespan. Can we call you a natural scorer? I’m not a natural. I’m more of a system player. I want to assist, create more than score. But sometimes, goals happen. It’s a good accident. I like to be smart, really think the game; think about my teammates. But it’s good—the team needs scoring, too. You’ve already been Newcomer of the Year…

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6 Romantic Trips For Two

The 363 miles of Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (Highway 101) is a splendid backdrop for romance.

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Combo Adventures

The beauty of being an Oregonian is having pristine and diverse ecosystems across the state. Creative people can get the most out of these natural playgrounds with multimodal transportation. These trips are for the gear hounds and the curious.

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Sparks Lake

Hiker: Shane Cotee Favorite Oregon Hike: Sparks Lake  Social: @theadaptive

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Columbia Gorge

Hiker: Brian Jim Favorite Oregon Hike: Columbia Gorge Hiking Tips: Camera or phone, water, jacket, snack.

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Broken Top Mountain Glacier Tarn

Hiker: Steve J. Giardini Favorite Oregon Hike: Broken Top Mountain Glacier Tarn Hiking Tips: Start at Todd Lake or drive the service road for a closer start. Pace yourself, take clothing for ALL kinds of weather, and be safe. Social: @giardiniphotography

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Silver Falls

Hiker: Jeremy Forrest Favorite Oregon Hike: Silver Falls Hiking Tips: Camera, water, food—the normal essentials. So many waterfalls to see on a fairly easy hike in terms of elevation and the trail goes behind some of them. Social: @jpforrest

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Badger Creek

Hiker: Karyn Gibson Favorite Oregon Hike: Badger Creek Hiking Tips: Always carry more water and than you think you’ll need, and never forget sunscreen if there is even a chance of sun.