Pilot entombed in tiny plane’s cockpit

  By Chuck Woodbury In the back room of The Glass Forge in downtown Grants Pass, Ore., on a table toward the back, sits a tiny model airplane glass-blown by business co-owner Lee Wassink. It isn’t meant to fly. It’s meant to look like a miniature Piper Cherokee, a single engine airplane popular with private pilots around the world. I picked up... Read More

So much history, so many tears

  By Chuck Woodbury How many tears were shed in the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery? When I walk through a historic cemetery like this one, I can’t help imagining the scenes when each person was buried, and the tears that were shed.  I love to visit cemeteries. I typically walk from grave to grave, looking for clues to each person’s life. Cemeteries are usually very quiet and peaceful. They... Read More

Deep blue Crater Lake a sight to behold

  By Chuck Woodbury If you have never been to Crater Lake, you have not seen the bluest blue on Earth —  its water! It’s amazing. It’s breathtaking. It’s gorgeous! Crater Lake, in south central Oregon, is just shy of 2,000 feet deep at its deepest point, the deepest lake in the United States. No water comes in except snow melt and no... Read More

Still alive after visit with meat-eating plants

  By Chuck Woodbury I survived my visit to the meat-eating plants along the Oregon coast just north of Florence. It turns out, these carnivores prefer insects to humans. The plants occupy an area about half the size of a basketball court alongside U.S. 101. A short trail — maybe 1/10th of a mile, leads into the plants, and then a... Read More

Visit the home of the Simpsons

  By Chuck Woodbury Springfield, Ore., next door neighbor to Eugene, is the home of the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons.” That’s according to cartoon series creator Matt Groening. “The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show ‘Father Knows Best’ took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the... Read More

Two story trailer is old news, not futuristic

  By Chuck Woodbury, editorA week ago I wrote about how it wouldn’t be long until a two-story RV debuted. I mean, it had to happen. Well, I have since learned that looking into my crystal ball toward the future was wrong: I should have looked back. In 2009, a two-story trailer did, in fact, roll off the production line. It... Read More

VIDEO: Buying an RV? Pay attention to its height!

  All but the smallest RVs are nine to 12 feet high, some even higher. If you plan to spend any time on backroads, where bridges may not offer much clearance, a tall RV can force you to take alternative routes, some adding many miles to your trip. Here’s some advice from RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury about why you should... Read More