Emmy Award–winning journalist and fifth-generation Oregon native Grant McOmie provides travelers with an in-depth guide to 101 of the best Oregon destinations featured in his popular television series Grant’s Getaways, produced by KGW-TV and Travel Oregon. Come along with Grant McOmie as he explores family-friendly destinations and day trips across the width and breadth of Oregon. From kayaking in Netarts Bay, riding a jet boat on the Rogue River, and fishing for Deschutes River steelhead to exploring Lava River Cave in the Newberry Volcanic National Monument, digging for fossils in the John Day Basin, and riding mountain bikes at Black Rock, Grant’s Getaways: 101 Oregon Adventures has an outdoor adventure for everyone. The book is organized by the month in which the television segment was filmed, and features 75 photographs from Grant’s outdoor adventures. Also included are travel tips such as “What to Know if You Go” and “Best Time of the Year” as well as access information.
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About the Author
Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest journalist, author, and teacher who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities, and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth-generation Oregon native, Grant is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and he continued graduate studies in Journalism, English and Speech Communications at the University of Washington and the University of Portland (Master of Arts).
Grant began his broadcast career at Portland’s KGW-TV in 1981, and then worked at other stations in Seattle and Portland. He returned to KGW in 2008. He currently stars in the ongoing series Grant’s Getaways for KGW-TV and Travel Oregon. While he has had a varied career reporting and producing topical and timely environmental news stories, features and documentary programs, it’s been the exploration of the Pacific Northwest back roads and byways that he has enjoyed the most. Sharing those journeys of discovery with readers and viewers has provided the greatest personal rewards and the dominant themes in his work.
Grant has received significant awards for his work, including numerous Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts, most recently a 2011-12 Emmy for Feature Reporting. He shares the distinct honor of the Edward R. Murrow Award for News Coverage from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, as well as many Oregon AP and OAB News Awards over the past three decades.
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Grant's Getaways101 Oregon Adventures
By Grant McOmie
Westwinds PressCopyright © 2013 Grant McOmie
All right reserved.
Longtime chef and local restaurateur and all around Oregon adventurer, Leather Storrs, said it’s really pretty simple: if you want to harvest wild mushrooms, learn their habitats. In the Tillamook State Forest – where the sun and the shadows dance through the towering Doug fir trees, Storrs’ well-trained eyes were fixed down close to the ground as he searched for a culinary reward.
“Ohhh, there we are – chanty number one – it’s always good to get off the dime early,” exclaimed Storrs with a hearty laugh.
Chanterelles have a golden-orange hue and their chalice shape make them hard to spot – but their allure is a woodsy flavor that’s hard to resist. Since 1999, the gorgeous fungi have been Oregon’s official State Mushroom.
“As soon as you see the first one,” noted Storrs. “There is this chanterella-vision that allows you to see that unique sort of peachy-orange color, but with the weather change and the alder leaves turning yellow on the ground it’s getting trickier.”
Chanterelles are not the only mushrooms in the forest. Storrs, an experienced mushroom hunter said that there are dozens of other mushrooms that grow here and most are none too friendly to people and many are downright dangerous.
“When you’re doing it without knowledge and confirmation, there’s no reason to take any chances. I learned in culinary school an old saying: ‘There are old mycologists and there are bold mycologists, but there are no old, bold mycologists.’
Leather Storrs may not be an old, bold mycologist, but he is one of Portland’s finest chefs.
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Table of Contents
GRANT’S GETAWAYS: 101 Oregon Adventures
1-Adventures Without Limits Eco Pub/Hopworks Brew Pub
2-Eco Pub/Hopworks Brew Pub
4-Dinosaurs with Fins @Bonneville Hatchery
5-Fort Yamhill SP
6-McKenzie River Valley- Belknap Hot Springs
7-Mush Puppies/Jerry Scdoris
8-Elkhorn Wildlife Area Elk Tour
9-Rice Rocks Gem Museum
10-Romance of Waterfalls
11-Erratic Rocks SP
12-Snow Shoes to Trillium Lake
13-OHV Tillamook State Forest
14-Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
15-Klamath Refuge/Eagle Celebration
16-Hot Lake Springs Resort
17-Magness Farm and World Forestry Center
18-Three Mile Museum
20-Drift Creek Trail and Niagara Falls
21-White River Wildlife Area
22-Covered Bridges of Linn County
23-Cottage Grove Scenic Bikeway
25-Sivler Falls State Park
26-Soar like an Eagle
28-Rowena/CG Scenic Hwy
29-Holleywood Ranch Petrified Wood
30-Mt Hood Sc Drive/Parkdale & Lost Lake
31-Razor Clams/Horseneck Clams
32-Cape Lookout Hike – Whale Watch
33-Kam Wah Chung Museum
34-Oasis in the Desert-Malheur Wildlife Refuge Frenchglen/Round Barn/Diamond Craters
35-Saddle Mtn, Spruce Run, Nehalem Falls
37-Nestucca River Scenic Byway
39-Valley of the Giants
40-Upper Willamette: Black Canyon Campground, Willamette Hatchery Museum, Salt Springs Falls, Odell Lake
41-Green Peter Reservoir
42-Klamath Canoe Trail
43-Klamath Trout Fishing
44-Up, Up and Away/Newberg Hot Air Balloons
45-ODFW-Heritage Foundation: Firsthand Oregon
46-ODFW Trout Airlift
47-Soft Sides of an Iron Giant/Iron Mtn Hike
48-Newberry Crater/Paulina Lake
49-A River Runs Through It/Metolius
50-La Pine State Park, Lava River Cave, Lava Butte, Lava Cast Forest
51-Diamond Lake is Fishy Again!
52-Three for One/Sunset, Shore Acres, Cape Arago State Parks
53-Youth Outdoor/Becoming Outdoors Woman
54-Black Rock Mtn Bike Trails
55-Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island
56-Santiam Horseback Trail
57-Opal Creek Wilderness
58-High Cascade Canoe/Wanderlust Tours
59- Lake Billy Chinook
60-Oregon Caves National Monument and Lodge
61-Rogue River Jet Boat
62-Disc Golf @Stub Stewart SP
63-Trask River Crawfish
65-Climbing Old Growth Trees
66-Siltcoos River Canoe Trail
67-J. Day Fossil Beds/Digging Fossils/Wheeler HS
68-Crater Lake Boat Tour
69-Swiss Alps of the West- Wallowa Lake SP
70-Taking Aim at Archery
71-Bald Peak State Park and Wheatland Ferry
72-Tillamook Bay Chinook Fishing
73-The Giants at Bonneville Fish Hatchery
74-All Hands on Deck/Newport
75-Wolf Creek Inn and Golden SP
76-South Slough National Estuarine Reserve
77-Deschutes River Steelhead
78-Afoot and Afloat Fall Colors/Tualatin Refuge
80-Chanterelle Mushroom Hunt
81-Walk on the Wildside/Wildwood Rec Area
82-ODFW Crabbing Class (Oct)
83-Bonney Butte Raptors
84-The Oregon Birding Trail/Willamette Valley
86-Fernhill and Jackson Bottom Wetlands
87-Sandy River Gorge Preserve
89-Sauvie Island Sandhills
90-Down by the Ol’Mill Stream/Thompson’s Mills SP
91-All Oregon Boat
92-Secrets in the Sand/Lincoln City
93-Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
94-Wild in the City/Portland Intertwine
95-Smith and Bybee Wetlands Preserve
96-Fort Clatsop National Memorial
97-Twilight Eagle Sanctuary
98-Snow Play on Mount Hood National Forest
100-Deep Tracks/Snow Shoe Mount Bachelor
101-High Desert Museum
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although I love this author and his show, and the information is excellent, my Nook just doesn't do the book justice. I am having to again purchase it in hard copy. The areas Grant covers are excellent, and I will certainly visit some of these places. I just feel that it is one of those instances where it shouldn't be offered in Nook format, as you need to see the photos and maps. So, definitely get this book, but beware of getting it in any e-book format.