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There’s nothing like cruising along the miles of bike trails at Stub Stewart State Park on a warm and breezy fall day. Stub Stewart offers one of the friendliest state park trail systems you’ll ever explore. Now there’s something new to entice folks who prefer to roll on two wheels at a popular park when “freeriding” rules the day. They are a breed of cyclist who seeks a two-wheel challenge and a freedom in a bike riding recreation called “freeriding.” It takes split second timing on narrow trails at high speeds and the riders love to get “big air.”

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Each fall, a feathery invasion drops in to Oregon’s fields and wetlands as a quarter million Canada geese arrive on fixed wings with a rowdy chorus. On the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, look closely and listen carefully for another bird species that stands head and shoulders above the crowd.

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The signs of seasonal change are easy to see along Oregon’s rivers and streams where fall colors really light up the scene. But there’s another sign hidden in the water that you can’t see: salmon are coming home!

Oregon’s fall salmon fishing is big time outdoors recreation as thousands head to bays and rivers to catch big fish. That’s where we headed this week: where freshwater meets the ocean on a getaway to catch a salmon and then discovered new ways to cook the catch.

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On a clear day, the view from Bonney Butte onto southern flanks of Mount Hood is brilliant and awesome.

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Oregon is famous as hiking country and noted for its delicious wines too. In this week’s Grant’s Getaway, think of it as outdoor adventure with a delicious payoff; a new combination of off the main road hiking, travel adventure and wine tasting.

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Oregon has a “Banana Belt?”

Oh yes, it’s true! A near tropical land, but you won’t find any pineapples, mangoes or papayas growing from the ground. When you travel to the Brookings area you will find soaring giant redwood trees and a wonderful collection of Oregon State Parks in this week’s “Grant’s Getaway.”

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When you travel east from Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, be on the lookout for a “silver lining” in the high desert.

You may find it when you step aboard board a jet boat to travel up the Deschutes River and cast lures for silver-sided summer steelhead! For when you talk summer adventure, the Deschutes River is a rite of passage for anyone who calls the Pacific Northwest home.

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There is something special about seeing the great outdoors from a river’s point of view. This week, we visit the Southern Oregon coast to explore a river that is filled with wonder and surprise as he paddles from freshwater to the ocean along the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail (pdf) in the heart of the Oregon Dunes. The outdoor life doesn’t get much simpler than a kayak, a paddle and a PFD (Personal Flotation Device.)

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This week, we travel to northeast Oregon’s “Swiss Alps” and Wallowa Lake State Park.

Wallowa Lake State Park is at the southern edge of Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon. State Park Manager, Todd Honeywell, said that visitors will find plenty of recreation in a year round campground that offers more than 200 sites for tent or trailer. Wallowa Lake State Park’s boat launch is free for anyone to use and have courtesy docks are available for boats as well. In addition, there is no day use fee so you’re free to come in, sit on the beach, enjoy it or go fishing.

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Nearly a million silver-sided king salmon will soon leave the ocean and swim up the Columbia River. It’s a huge run of salmon that’s hard for anglers to resist.

When the deck is stacked in your favor and you play your hand just right, the fishing game will often go just the way you like. We teamed up to troll for salmon where the river flows it’s widest: near Astoria where it is more than 5 miles from shore to shore. We motored along just upriver from fabled fishing landscape nicknamed “Buoy 10” where each August, the ocean fresh salmon schools move through the river on each incoming tide.

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