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ROGUETROTTER: Your guide to all things Southern Oregon

Tracking down the elusive WILD MOREL:

quest for the Mother Lode!

Stick around to the end of the video to see a theatrical RECIPE for a morel omelette!

A delicious journey through the Bounty of Springtime! Today we go #morel hunting in the #Cascadesiskiyounationalmonument.

Picture yourself traversing the diverse habitats of the Monument, from lush forests to Craggy Basalt Columns, as you embark on a quest to find these little treasures. The thrill of sneaking up on these mushrooms, camouflaged by the forest floor, adds an element of excitement to your foraging experience.

With each step, you are surrounded by the beauty of nature awakening from winter slumber. Keep an eye out for deer, birds, and other wildlife that call this Monument home, further enhancing your journey through this pristine wilderness.

Just when we were about to give up we started finding them in earnest. These elusive delights provide so much joy every year!

Are morels from outer space? Well it’s debatable, but mushroom spores can survive the deep absence of heat that exists in outer space, so there’s a possibility that’s where they came from. They certainly look like alien brains.. mmm.. alien brains.

When the road to Crater Lake is CLOSED!

– what would ROGUETROTTER do?

The Rim Road is usually open year round. That’s how we drive up to all the splendid viewpoints in the Park. Seldomly, it will be closed due to heavy snowfall(Crater Lake is the snowiest place in the lower 48 states!).

When this happens the Park Service will shut down the road while their equipment is working to clear the snow.

Trekking to the Rim under your own power is one of the most rewarding(and well earned!) experiences. Perhaps the best view of Crater Lake you’ll ever see!

In order to see the lake it is necessary to climb the arduous 1 mile Raven Trail to get to the rim. Many attempt it, many turn back. 1 mile slogging uphill though deep deep snow is a good workout! It may feel like trudging 8 miles uphill.

My guests today are a mother and daughter team. They took great pains to get to Crater Lake NP only to find out that they have their work cut out for them! Will they make it? Click on the video below to find out!

If you are planning a trip to Crater Lake in winter(October-May), definitely reach out to us. We have a lot of valuable intel, experience and resources. We would love to hear from you and can possibly share some helpful information.

Check out the Crater Lake National Park website, a great resource to determine what roads are open, check the webcams and get in touch.

Hand drill fire lesson, Ancient Technique

Today we had the great pleasure to have Mr. Robin Bliss-Wagner as guest. Robin is a Survivalist, Educator and Wilderness Skills Expert. We went up on the Siskiyou Crest to have a lesson in the Ancient technique of starting a fire with only natural materials- a hand drill and some dry tinder.

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Just had the great pleasure to spend the day in the mountains with these folks. Three different families from the Bay Area. Telling stories, taking about history and discussing fear of the Dark, Monsters and the Wym Hoff Method! This is a method of breathing to overcome fear, pain, anxiety and trauma. Had a great conversation about how to override the fear using reason. Head to our video linked above to see the entire episode!

This is part of our outdoor adventure tour series- Winter Adventures. Just click the link and join us in conversation and adventure!

Ashland robed in her fall colors

Celebrating Autumn here in Ashland Oregon! Explosions of color nestled in the Siskiyou Mountains. Lithia Park is an attractive destination!

Ashland Oregon is bonkers with fall colors, Lithia Park is her crown jewel. Lithia Park was designed by the famous landscape architect John McLaren in 1914. McLaren also designed Golden Gate Park. He is credited with planting over 2 million trees during his lifetime!

At 93 acres, it is large for a town of only 21,000, but the park hosts a million visitors a year.

Take a stroll from the Ashland Plaza and meaner among the brilliant autumn colors, following Ashland Creek. Lithia Park is also the gateway to the Rogue Siskiyou National Forest with the all the splendor of the Ashland Creek watershed nestled inside. This is where the clear and clean drinking water for the city of Ashland comes all the way down from Mt. Ashland!

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