Page 2–The News-Review, EncoreRoseburg Oregon, Monday, March 26, 2012
he Umpqua Valley and its surroundingsoffer unrivaled opportunities for get-ting outside and reveling in the openair.County residents can find plenty to do out-side throughout the year. But with springnearly a week old, our thoughts naturallyturn to leaving home and hearth and explor-ing the world beyond our doorsteps.We asked four semiregular contributors toThe News-Review’s Outdoors page to pro-vide their recommendations on outdoorexploration. The four are Jerry Chartier of Roseburg, 63; R.J. Guyer of Roseburg, 49;Carol Lovegren Miller of Oakland, 53; andRichard O’Neill of Winston, 55.Here are their responses, edited for spaceand clarity.
What’s your favorite way to explore the great outdoors?
: My passion is hunting. I’ve hunt-ed the same areas for 40 years. I know it’s not theelk I seek, it’s the memories — the wind whisper-ing across the swaying branches, the memories of those who walked with me through the years andthose who walk with me now. Sometimes, whenI’m alone high on a ridge and I look across thebreathtaking vistas, I wonder:Is it the elk I’mseeking to find, or am I looking for myself?
: My favorite is hiking. I also enjoycamping, biking and climbing.
: You are most likely to find me hiking,although in the winter, when I have the opportu-nity, I cross-country ski. The highlight of our yearis the time we spend backpacking in the highcountry. We camp year-round, often using ourhorses to horse pack. When I need a quick out-door fix, I hop on my bicycle and ride back roadswith my husband.
: Number-one favorite pastime is hik-ing. Mrs. O’Neill prefers cycling over hiking, so Ido the occasional bike ride with her. Part of thehiking package, or auxiliary activities, are back-packing, camping and snowshoeing.
Four guest writersdraw up blueprints for enjoying the great outdoors
Photo courtesy R.J.GUYER
R.J.Guyer of Roseburg poses
for a photo during a recent hike on the North Umpqua Trail.The freelancewriter and adventure seeker says the 80-mile trail from the crest of the Cascade Mountains to the SwiftwaterTrailhead east of Glide offers a can’t-miss outdoor opportunity.Among the highlights are numerous waterfalls.