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The ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse happened on the night of April 14 and into April 15, 2014. Clouds obscured the moon at the start, but finally cleared off during the transit and into the eclipse. The lunar eclipse started around 10:50 p.m. PT and finally became a total eclipse around 12:15 a.m.

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Tonight is the “blood moon” or the full moon lunar eclipse. I hoped to capture the moonrise this evening, however, clouds moving in didn’t make that happen. Instead, here are a few shots from Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic butte in northeast Portland. The beacon tower is for aircraft at the Portland Inte

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Spring weather is here and I’m seeing I haven’t put any miles on my bicycle lately. Today, I geared up and set off on a short bike ride to Holladay Park east of downtown Portland and across the street from Lloyd Center shopping mall. Alright, Holladay Park wasn’t my intended destination, but it was a [R

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I guess some inquiring minds have wondered what the little avatar you see on my Twitter @BJDorr profile is. I present to you the larger image. This is a selfie of me riding my bicycle on a country road in the 2010 Cycle Oregon Weekend. I didn’t know it at the time I took the […]

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On April 15, the Tax Man, Wolf Man, and the Blood Moon cometh. The total lunar eclipse will happen on April 15, 2014, beginning around 9:53 p.m. Pacific Time. The ability to view the lunar eclipse also depends on Mother Nature keeping the clouds away. If for some reason clouds block the moon, here’s the […]

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On Monday, I took a day road trip, following Oregon Highway 99E and 99 from Milwaukie to Winston, Oregon, just south of Roseburg. Near the end of the stretch, I stopped at the Winchester Dam and fish ladder viewing area on the North Fork of Umpqua River in Roseburg. This historic 1889-built, 16-foot high dam […]

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Roslyn Lake was once a popular recreation lake north of Sandy, Oregon. When the Bull Run Dam was set for decommissioning in 2007, the diversion dams that supplied the water to Roslyn Lake, Marmot Dam on the Sandy River, and the Little Sandy River Dam on the Little Sandy River, were no longer needed. To […]

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Mt. Hood peaks above the hills behind a pasture along Marmot Road west of Brightwood, Oregon.

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The sunset seen along Ore. 213 near Abiqua Rd. north of Silverton, Oregon. Photo: Bryan J. Dorr, April 7, 2014

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Palisades, U.S. 12, Washington Photo by Bryan J. Dorr. March 31, 2014.

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Rainier Viewpoint, U.S. 12, Washington.

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“Know Before You Go.” The Oregon Department of Transportation uses that slogan for traveler information on their Tripcheck.com website. It is good advice, too. My plan for today was to travel with my dog east along the Columbia River on Washington Hwy. 14 to I-82 near Plymouth. From there head south through Umat

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  Cracked online recently published a good list of “5 Enormous Modern Ghost Towns You Won’t Believe Exist.” The list, an abandoned water park, a fake city, a war-devastated Olympic park, an abandoned airport, and a completely unoccupied city. The photos stunningly tell the stories without words themse

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If there is one thing I am not good at, that is staying true to my word. If you recall back in December when I said “I’m done with fast foods,” well, I caved in for the past two months. I’m not happy with it either. I’ve been feasting on the commercial processed foods dished out […]

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Sunday turned out to be a fine day for the first Bike Milwaukie bicycle ride for the 2014 season. With about thirty people showing up at the Milwaukie City Hall, ride leaders Matt Menely and Greg Baartz-Bowman led the group on a easy 14-mile ride through Johnson City, Gladstone, and the Trolley Trail. The weather […]

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On March 16, 2014, the first 2014 Bike Milwaukie ride pedals off from the Milwaukie City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Ride leaders Matt Menely and Greg Baartz-Bowan will lead rider on an easy, mellow-paced 14.2-mile route to Gladstone and back. The ride begins at Milwaukie City Hall then on Lake road through Johnson City on […]

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Dismantling work continues on the old Gladstone trolley bridge. The bridge owner, Union Pacific, deliberately toppled the bridge into the Clackamas River on Sunday, March 9, after the south pier failed from high water. Sections are chopped away as the 240-foot truss is reeled into shore with winches.  Hydraulic sheers slic

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Squirrel! A distraction I spotted and photographed at Chief Charles Ames Park in Gladstone, Oregon, while photographing the old trolley bridge being dismantled on March 11, 2014.

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People for Bikes published a good profile article about Milwaukie’s own Bike Milwaukie ride event, “Bike Milwaukie: Sunday rides meet advocacy.” Writer John Chilson describes the ride events, the purpose of the rides, and about the Bike Milwaukie founders Matt Menely and Greg Baartz-Bowman. Follow People f

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A day after the old Gladstone trolley bridge splashed into the Clacakamas River, I headed down this afternoon to check on the recover progress. Not much has changed as far as fishing the bridge out of the river goes. Apparently, crews are trying a different technique to slide the bridge onto shore. Yesterday, the bridge [&#

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The nearly century-year old Gladstone Trolley Bridge’s life has come to a close Sunday afternoon. Union Pacific engineers yanked down the failing former Portland Traction Co. streetcar bridge on March 9 around 12:10 p.m. PDT. Cables were hooked on the south end of the span and winched towards landside. The south piers

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Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point near Corbett, Oregon. Photo: Bryan J. Dorr. Feb. 17, 2014.

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The Willamette River is flowing high again and that means it’s time to check out what’s happening at Clackamette Park in Oregon City. Unlike the higher flow at 27 feet back in January 2012 that pretty much put a majority of the park underwater, today’s flow registers at 22.8 feet at 11:15 a.m. The lower [&

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Update: ODOT reported at 9:00 p.m. tonight (Feb. 16) that one I-84 eastbound lane is now open for all vehicles with loads under 16 feet wide at the slide zone near Hood River. You can receive the latest traffic update at www.TripCheck.com. Oregon Department of Transportation reopened part of I-84 eastbound through the Colum

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Happy 155th Birthday, Oregon!

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Obey those traffic control signs and lights. This is from Milwaukie Police Department press release emailed tonight: On January 9, 2014 at about 6:10 p.m. a bicyclist tried to cross Hwy 224 at SE Oak Street in Milwaukie against the traffic light and was struck by an eastbound car. A driver travelling in the inside […]

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What happens when a boulder crashes through a 1914-built pedestrian bridge? On Thursday, a boulder crashed through the historic Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls. Fortunately, no one was injured. The bridge, which serves Larch Mountain Trail 441 and access for loop hikes for Wahkeena Falls, is closed indefinitelty Read ̶

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The newest feature, the Weekly Recap, is a summary of the past week’s BJDorr.com posts from last Wednesday to Tuesday this week. This week we are starting off small just to get the ball rolling. I hiked the newest segment on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and checked out the new pedestrain bridge. [&#

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Have you ever wondered what hydrofracting does to the environment? How about what impact coal trains have on the enviornment? The Third Annual Watershed Event on Saturday, January 25, 2014, is presenting four short films on environmental subjects at the Milwaukie Masonic Lodge (10636 SE Main St., Milwaukie, Oregon), 7:00 p.

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Sunday was the first time I hiked the new Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH) State Trail between John B. Yeon State Park and Moffett Creek. The new asphalt 1.6-mile segment officially opened to the public on November 9, 2013. Its completion also means bicyclists no longer need to use I-84 between Troutdale and Cascade L

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