The tree stump that refuses to die

  The stump that wouldn’t die Normally when you cut down a tree and leave a stump, it dies. Eventually it rots and other plants begin to grow from the “nurse” tree. But notice that nothing grows from this Douglas Fir stump near Crater Lake. That’s because it’s still very much alive. The reason is because before it was cut down its roots had grafted onto its... Read More

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