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Mark from Portland

Posted: March 3rd, 2020, 6:50 pm
by PNWPhotoWalks

I'm currently an "urban explorer" who occasionally escapes from Portland. When I do, I like to go back into the woods. And when I get back in the woods, I'm always glad I did.

I'm looking forward to exploring this site further. Now, I'm going to take a shortcut. The following verbiage is from my site. Rest assured, I'm not selling anything. Photography is not my day job.

- Alaska Grown -
I was born in the Territory of Alaska and spent my youth and years as a young adult in Alaska. Alaska was and always will be a special place to me; 25 years of wonderful memories. I still return often to visit family and friends.

- Alaska on Foot -
I was fortunate to be able to explore Alaska on foot: wearing cross-country running shoes, cross-country skis, hiking boots, snowshoes, and crampons.
You will find photos of some of my Alaska hikes among the albums here. Eventually, I will upload some of my (vintage) Alaska bicycling, backpacking, mountaineering, and ocean kayaking trip photos. First, I need to scan many 35mm slides.

- Alaska and Canada on Bicycle -
With little planning but a lot of enthusiasm, a good friend and I did a bicycle trip in Alaska in 1972. With some lessons learned, the next year we completed a month-long bicycle trip from Calgary to Seattle. Young men, we were.
Between the two bicycle trips, I have five photos. Life in an era before selfies and Instagram.

- Oregon on Bicycle -,
After I moved to Oregon in 1980, I got back in the saddle. I explored Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene by bicycle and continued riding for the next 30 years. I have many fond memories of rides and trips with family and friends. Once again, I have very few photos from each.

- Home & Work Fronts -
Among my many life experiences over the 30 years, during this same period, I also became a father to three children, worked in IT (IS, MIS), remodeled my old house, and completed grad school.

Me one half of my life ago on a long trip through Denali National Park in Alaska with my wife and some good friends.

Re: Mark from Portland

Posted: March 4th, 2020, 1:08 am
by Webfoot
Welcome. That sounds like a life well lived. Cheers to the next chapter.