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Nude Hiking – Yeah, It’s A Thing

There are countless benefits of hiking in the great Pacific Northwest. I have offered a plethora of highly valuable insight into the art of hiking in my Ultimate Hiking Guide, including what to wear, where to hike, and how to thrive on the trail and off.

The freedom that comes from hiking a great trail is thrilling and invigorating. But there is a way to take the sensation one step further, and that is nude hiking. 

Nude Hiking?!

I know! I know. As women we are not exactly excited to unleash our assets in a public area. There are a lot of very reasonable concerns around public nudity and the implications that can come from such a thing. But we aren’t talking about strutting down 5th in our birthday suits, this is the great outdoors!

So much of society revolves around rigid structure and following the rules. It becomes claustrophobic and tense, and I can say from my vast experience as a master hiker, that there is no greater way to shirk the restraints of rigid society than to hike a long, dusty, sunny trail wearing nothing but the pack on my back.

The benefits of hiking are countless, and nude hiking allows for even greater positive impact on the body and mind. 

At One With Nature

Studies have shown that as little as two hours spent in nature can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, enhance immune system functions, improve mood, and raise self esteem! Clothing is one more barrier between your body and nature, and eliminating that obstruction allows the hiker the closest connection to nature as possible.

Positive Body Image

A woman’s body is more powerful than we ever give it credit for, and so much time is spent hiding it beneath layers of fabric for either fashion or modesty’s sake. But I say to hell with that! Accepting and appreciating the body we have is imperative to a healthy outlook on life. The sooner we accept that our bodies are perfectly imperfect, the better our mental outlook will become. Our bodies carry us up that trail, let the sun shine on them a bit! 

Speaking of Sunshine…

Being naked in the sun is incredibly intoxicating. It boosts mood, Vitamin D intake, and can even help detoxify the skin. Excess amounts of sweat can be released through the pores when hiking, and often that sweat sticks to clothing, so even when one is wearing sweat-wicking fabric, the body can react to inflammation due to inflamed hair follicles, leading to disgusting rashes. 

Think about how your lungs feel when you step outside and take a deep, fresh breath. Hiking nude allows your skin to take a deep intake of sunshine, allowing it to breathe in all of the positive benefits of sun. Trust me when I say this, getting drunk on the sun is almost as enjoyable as getting guttered on a robust, full-bodied sulfite-free red…almost… 

And Oh, the Thrill!

There is an unarguable thrill that comes from being naked in the wilderness. And it isn’t the idea of being caught, because as one hikes the trail in the buff it is easy to forget that other people even exist. The connection to self and nature is so prevalent, the most visceral sensation that stands out is the pure freedom of body and mind. 


That’s not to say there won’t be others on the trail, and that is a risk each nude hiker must face for themselves, but ultimately it is the bond between woman and earth that offers the freedom everyone should experience at least once.

Will I End Up in Jail… Naked?

Please… they’ll let you put your clothes on first. 

But in all seriousness, it is reasonable to worry about the legalities of hiking naked. Some people may assume that nude hikers are out for nefarious reasons. It is important to keep in mind that other hikers may be surprised and uncomfortable to see a naked person on the trail, and that hiking is about being aware of one’s surroundings and considerate of your fellow hiker’s feelings. 

With that in mind, the federally owned U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not expressly prohibit nudity. The separate states and counties, however, may have their own laws on the matter. There is the possibility that nude hiking may lead to a citation or warning from a park ranger, and in some municipalities there are direct anti-nudity ordinances that will increase the likelihood and severity of punishment. 

It is highly recommended that the nude hiker take the time to contact the public lands office responsible for the location of their chosen trail. This is an easy way to secure confidence in your nude hiking experience and is not a step that should be ignored. 

My interactions with authorities while nude hiking have been limited, but the possibility is always there. I wouldn’t call it a threat per se, but it is important to keep in mind that nature doesn’t completely belong to the hiker, and it is better to be safe than risk an expensive ticket or embarrassing naked interaction with a power tripping park ranger.

Be Prepared To Avoid Hairy Situations

As with any outdoor activity, a smart hiker will have a good deal of situational awareness. The fact that you, hiker, will have familiarized yourself with my Ultimate Hiking Guide, you should have a strong list of packing essentials for a successful hike. 

When nude hiking, there are a few additional things to consider. Even fully clothed, a hiker will face adversity, but when she has no barrier between the body and the elements, it is obvious that you should be prepared for the hairiest situation.

Sunburns

Of course this should be at the top of the list when planning for a nude hike. The same sun that beams Vitamin D into the skin also shoots deadly rays of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light (you pale-skinned folk know exactly what I’m talking about all to well). The green nude hiker may forget sunscreen, or may make the mistake of only applying sed sunscreen on the covered areas of the body. Grave mistake. It isn’t likely that you will be driving to your hiking trail in the buff, so remember to take the time to apply sunscreen in all cracks and crevices upon arrival. 

Pro-tip: Discretion is welcomed when applying sunscreen – find a place that others can’t look on as you rub the lotion on your skin. 

Rash Attack

Always be on the lookout for poison oak, poison ivy, and stinging nettles. When hiking fully clothed these nuisances can be avoided by careful placement of fabric. But I assume you are smart enough to know that the less clothing you wear, the greater the likelihood of interacting with these pesky plants. 

All it takes is a slight brush up against the urushiol – the compound found within poison oak and ivy that easily attaches to the skin and causes a painful and unsightly oily, pustulant rash for up to two weeks after exposure. I’ve had to explain some of my rashes on several occasions on first dates… Hmm, actually… maybe that’s why there wasn’t a second date…

Buggin’ Out

Mosquitos in the Pacific Northwest are no joke. The mosquito season starts mid-April and lasts through October. This is peak nude hiking time and any person with bare skin will be an object of painful affection for mosquitos seeking fresh blood. 

I hiked near Crater Lake in July and had to breathe through my nose due to the excess of mosquito clouds threatening my every gasp. Mosquitoes will attach themselves to any exposed skin, so assume that a nude hiker will be a buffet for the pests. It is recommended that every hiker carry a strong bottle of DEET. 

Sasquatch Sightings

Listen, maybe it wasn’t Sasquatch, but I did stumble upon some hairy beast touching himself under bush cover. Women must be aware of the implications of nude hiking where… these “Sasquatch’s”…may be present. 

As women, we are never really able to let our guards down, and it is important to keep our eyes open and wits about us when hiking in the nude. Take it from this master hiker, pepper spray barely weighs a thing (I wore brass knuckles once, but god damn they’re surprisingly heavy), and it works against hairy beasts of all kinds. 

Don’t Forget the Essentials

Remember, nude hiking is still hiking. The longer the hike, the greater the need to pack essential gear. What our bodies lack in clothing, they make up for by carrying a backpack with the necessary items for a successful hike. 

Your body still needs about one liter of water for every two hours of hiking. While nude hiking may not be a great time for an overnight hike, it will still require an appropriate amount of hydration as well as any snacks that one may desire. 

Nude hiking adds greater risk of scrapes and bites, so be sure to pack ample first aid supplies:

  • Neosporin – for minor wounds 
  • Bug spray – apply frequently on the trail
  • Anti-Chafing cream – trust me, thighs rub together, backpack straps cut into armpits, it’s better to avoid chafing with a good cream or stick application.
  • High SPF sunscreen – remember that sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially when sweating heavily, as is likely during those tough parts of the trail.
  • Footwear – Your body may be naked, but your feet and ankles should be fully protected (even though walking barefoot through the forest was way more comfortable than heels could ever be). Make sure your hiking boots are fully broken in and that the socks are the appropriate thickness to avoid blistering and bruising.
  • Clothes – Yes, you will need to cover up eventually! As liberating as nude hiking is, you should always keep clothes in your bag. If there is a run-in with authority or when you find yourself in an area with other hikers, it is important to have clothing at the ready to cover up respectfully. 
  • Optional – A hydro flask filled with a crisp vegan white wine poured over some ice, and a pack of American Spirits just in case you get tired of inhaling all that nature.

Strength in Numbers

Nude hiking allows one to embrace their body in the wild. There is no shame in the body or in the desire to go outside of societal norms to experience nature to its fullest.

That said, it is advisable to find a group of like-minded hikers who enjoy the same freedoms, as overall it is far more disarming to see a group of naked people as opposed to just one. This aids in both the normalization of seeing nudity on the trail, as well as providing a certain protective barrier against those who may not understand nude hiking. 

There are many groups in the Pacific Northwest who gather for nude hiking. These groups can be found on specific Meetup sites and include everything from Portland, Oregon Nude Sunbathers to High Desert Hikers in Bend, Oregon.

Basically, there is no shortage of hikers who dare to go bare in the Pacific Northwest. I think people are more likely to give a double glance at a Texan tourist wearing a tube top and kitten heels on the trail than a nude hiker. Both are sights to be seen.

National Nude Hiking Day

Perhaps you are ready to give nude hiking a try, but would like a little fanfare in doing so.

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but also is the lesser known (unofficial) National Nude Hiking Day! For those who are longtime converts of nude hiking, this is a day to celebrate the liberation from the binding pressures of society and embrace the ultimate freedom of being naked in the wild. 

Keep in mind that National Nude Hiking Day does not offer a free pass to go nude – all previously mentioned restrictions are still enforced in the areas they apply to, but you may just see another naked wanderer or two along the trail that day, ready to give a nod in solidarity. 

You’re Ready!

If you have always wanted to walk on the wild side, there’s no day like today. Nude hiking gives the courageous person a chance to fully embrace their body in nature, and the ability to transcend the limitations that are presented in day to day life. 

It is imperative to plan ahead and be prepared, but you are now knowledgeable on all of the important matters that are required of a master hiker. Ultimately nude hiking elevates the sport of hiking to a new level of risk and high reward. 

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Oregon Beaches

So, here we are. It’s the weekend. You don’t have any plans and you’ve started wondering to yourself, what it’s like to take a road trip down THE PERFECT coast!

Where do you start? 

Lucky, I can help you find that amazing beach weekend you’ve been needing, wanting, and dreaming of! Because, and you probably know this, PNW beaches are not like other beaches around the country. 

We don’t go there to show off our hot bods in a bikini and bask in the sunlight. Most of us are so pasty we don’t even want to wear shorts and we’re lucky if we even catch a sunny day. 

We go there to breathe in that fresh salty air, hear the waves crash, put our toes in the sand, eat some crab, try the local brew, and lick an ice cream cone. Most of us just want a change of scenery. 

Pacific Northwest Beaches

We got rocks, we got wind, we got fog, and if you are really lucky we might even have a bit of sun! 

Ok maybe on paper it doesn’t sound like a Sandals vacation, but if you’ve ever been to a Florida or So Cal beach and hated being whacked by a frisbee because – for some Goddamn reason- they have to play so close to you, then you will appreciate everything the “real” Pacific Northwest coast has to offer.

Yes, you can argue our coast is not as warm, or even sunny, but just like my IPAs, I like it cold. 

From clamming to whale watching, the possibilities are endless, so ditch the bathing suit for a raincoat and let’s go coastal!

Beaches in Oregon

If I said I had a hard time narrowing this list down of my favorite beaches in Oregon, you’d probably call me out on my BS because it sounds like my mom when asked who her favorite kid is, and she gets flustered. (Easy! It’s Jessica. Not Riley, Jessica. In case you were wondering.)

Like my mom, I realize that every beach has something different to offer. Yes, I know that your ability to go sunbathing is iffy and not everyone can make a raincoat / flipflops combo look sexy. But this will be better than baking yourself in a giant oven till you are all brown. 

So, this list is more about things to do at these Pacific Northwest coastal beaches. 

Whale watching, kayaking, hiking, surfing, boogie boarding, fishing, horseback riding, camping, bonfires, and loads of other things to do. Just don’t, whatever you do, go swimming. There are super dangerous ‘sneaker waves’ that run all along the coast and might swallow you up. 

Cannon Beach

If you asked me how I wanted to spend my days, chances are it would probably be me, a growler of local microbrew, Charlie (my dog) and a sunset overlooking Haystack Rock.

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock is a 235 foot hunk of rock that was formed millions of years ago by lava. Today it’s a protected seabird nesting colony that’s home to different species of protected wildlife. Sea stars, crabs, and anemones sticking to the base of haystack rock are kind of cool.

Downtown Cannon Beach

When you’re done staring at the lovely old Rock and your toes are satisfied that you’ve been kicking around enough sand, head a few miles north to downtown Cannon Beach for some yummy lunch at Castaways, coffee (shout out Sleepy Monk!), ice cream, shops, and art galleries.  

Icefire Glassworks is a well known spot in downtown. They are a working hot shop and specialize in finely crafted blown glass. They also house pieces by James Kingwell, Suzanne Kindland, Michelle Kaptur and Mark Gordon (for you art buffs out there!).

Tolovana Beach State Park 

If you’re not up for a busy downtown scene, go south from Haystack Rock a few miles to Tolovana Beach State Park and eat outside at Mo’s. The clam chowder, crab legs, and fish and chips are super yummy. You get a great view of Haystack Rock and the coast as you sip your drinks. 

Tolovana is also my favorite place to park and get on the beach. There’s 1 flight of stairs to the sand, public bathrooms and a place to change. The parking lot isn’t huge, so in season (sunny summer months, like July and August) you might have trouble parking. I have seen RV’s parked there. 

Ecola State Park

If you’re more into hiking, check out Ecola State Park. It’s got mountain hiking trails with views of the Oregon coast. You’ll see Haystack Rock to the south, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse to the north, and Indian Beach. There’s loads of parking and it has an entrance fee.  

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

From the coastline on Cannon, you’ll be able to see Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. It’s different from a lot of lighthouses because it’s just sitting in the ocean on a rock. Yes, just like it sounds. It’s cool to see the waves crashing on the rock, but you can’t get close unless you brought binoculars or a helicopter. 

Oswald West State Park

You can also get to Oswald West State Park from Cannon Beach. It’s 2,500 acres of surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping. Devil’s Cauldron Overlook and Elk Flats Trails are popular, but they don’t allow camping. 

If you’re looking to take some amazing photos, then this is your jam. There are old wooden bridges that start and end in the lush forest, huge cliffs dropping into the ocean, white foamy pools of bubbling water, views of the deep blue Pacific Ocean behind Evergreens, and postcard-worthy scenes of the Oregon coastline. 

Hug Point State Park

If you go north of Cannon a few miles you’ll run into Hug Point State Park. This place deserves a mention for it’s hidden sea caves and tide pools. There’s great places to set out a beach picnic then take a long walk on the sand for a solid adventure. If you are up for a journey during low tide, try to walk the 6 miles to Haystack Rock, or even better, make it your morning jog.  

If you visit Cannon Beach in the winter, you might spot some 50,000 whales migrating from Ecola State Park. Beat that Florida!

  • Its located in the northwestern part of Oregon, south of Seaside and north of Manzanita 
  • Can I bring my dog to the beach? – Yes, provided they are well behaved and under voice control. Carrying a leash is encouraged. Oh, and pick up the poopies, please. 
  • Can I camp at Cannon Beach? – Yes, there are several campsites.
  • Distance from Portland – 80 miles or 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 206 miles or 3 hours and 45 minutes

Manzanita Beach

Manzanita Beach is turquoise surf, striking cliffs, and loads of one-on-one time with nature. Pop into town for a nice massage and a hidden gem dive bar with the best fish in around.   

Tucked in between the Pacific Ocean, Manzanita Beach is a 7 mile stretch with the Neahkahnie Mountains on it’s side and ends in the mouth of the Nehalem River. 

It’s best for walking and finding sand dollars, having a nice jog, and existing with nature. It’s the best dog beach in the PNW and your furry friend can run off leash, as nature intended. It’s less crowded than Cannon Beach, even during Season, so during the day you might not notice another Soul stroll on by for hours. 

Downtown Manzanita

There’s about a dozen restaurants and some shops in the downtown area. I love hitting up the Spa Mananita for a CBD and aromatherapy massage. It’s so relaxing and I end up feeling so zen and relaxed. Bonus points if you get a facial, too. Your face along everyone that has to look at you will be glad you did. 

For some yummy fish tacos, salmon chowder, and fish salad, the only place to go is San Dune Pub (or is it Sand Dune Pub, I’m never really sure). It’s a local dive but once you get over the “atmosphere,” the food and bar are excellent.  

Oswald West State Park

Yes, it’s the same Oswald West State Park we mentioned in Cannon Beach. But, it’s so big, at 2,500 acres, that it’s here too. 

It’s a beautiful mix of forest and ocean with hiking, camping, kayaks, and surfing. There’s trails and campsites. Plus, an entrance fee. Did we mention the entrance fee?? You can get some great photos and let your dog run. 

Short Sand Beach 

If I had to choose a place to live out a unicorn fantasy, Short Sand Beach, aka “Shortys” or “Short Sands,” would be the place. It’s got a waterfall, lush green forest, and the occasional sparkly rainbow. Oh, and did we mention you get to take a nice easy hike to it?? 

The trail to Shorty’s is through Oswald West State Park and it’s as amazing as the beach itself. It’s a ½ mile of super easy hiking with massive trees on one side and sandstone cliffs overlooking the ocean on the other. You instantly feel a sense of calm come over you. 

As an added bonus, locals call it “surfers paradise,” this sheltered cove has something for everyone, so break out that wetsuit and jump in.

One of the things I like about Shorty’s is that; it’s one of the few places in Oregon dedicated for surfers to catch the perfect wave, and you also get some out of this world views. 

You can go for a hike in the morning, go clamming in the afternoon, and finish off your glorious day with surfing and a bonfire. 

So, remember how I said how gloomy the weather could be down here? Well, the fantastic thing with Manzanita Beach is you can do water sports, which is a luxury down here, and as always, a wet suit is still in order. You can rent those too. 

  • Located in northern Oregon, north of Rockaway Beach and south of Cannon Beach
  • Can I bring my dog to the beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at manzanita beach? – Yes, there are several campsites and rental units. 
  • Distance from Portland – 85 miles or about 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 220 miles or 4 hours 

Rockaway Beach

On Rockaway Beach you can do a bunch of stuff or nothing at all. It’s great if you want to rent a kayak or if you just want to sit on the sand and eat the fresh blackberries you picked off the wild bushes nearby or at the U-Pick farm on the way in.  

Rockaway Beach is popular for crabbing, clamming, kayaking, fishing, bonfires, camping, taking a train ride, and even going to a Pirate Festival. Just don’t try to go swimming! Remember our recurring warning about ‘sneaker waves’! They’re really real. I’m so not kidding, even though the name makes them sound fake. 

Rockaway Beach Wayside

Unleash your dog and let the two of you be free. You can walk the long stretch of Rockaway Beach Wayside while you stare at Twin Rocks which just so happens to be right next to a shipwreck. You can spot pieces of the Emily G Reed shipwreck during low tide and when sand levels are low. 

The sand feels soft on your feet and the waves are fairly tame. Go kayaking or take out a SUP. 

The parking is pretty limited, especially during Season, but the picturesque views and huge amount of places to spread out a beach blanket make it worth the frustration. 

Downtown Rockaway

If you’re ready to head into town for food (but be sure to read about Kelly’s Marina before deciding where to go!), be sure to pop into Flamingo Jim’s for the ultimate in touristy crap selection. Everything from T-shirts to recycled beach trash bracelets and a bunch of other stuff you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. 

For a quick but memorable meal, try the historic Pronto Pup. No, it isn’t a puppy dog that hurries up, it’s a corn dog. And it’s in Rockaway. They’re known for pancake battered hotdogs instead of cornmeal and they’re Heaven on a stick.  

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

From Garibaldi, just south of Rockaway, take a 1 hour ride on the historic Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. You can sit on top of the train for open-air seating and take in the sites tucked away from the highway. Tickets are around $20. 

Kelly’s Brighton Marina  

If you want to rent a boat and go crabbing, then you have to go to Kelly’s. You have to order at the Crab Pots Counter then they cook up a pile of seafood  and serve it in a big metal tin, family style. They’ll give you hot sauce, plate and utensils but you buy drinks, butter, and whatever else in the store. There’s picnic tables outside and cats, lots and lots of friendly cats, to hang with. You can sit and suck down a huge mimosa and watch the Big Game, if that’s how you want to spend the day. You can see the train zooming past on it’s way to the next town. 

Rockaway Beach Pirate and Costume Festival

In June, there’s an annual Rockaway Beach Pirate and Costume Festival in downtown Rockaway. Here you can live out your pirate fantasies in a healthy way.  

Get down with pirate music, see people dressed as pirates, watch pirates walking around acting like pirates, go on festival rides, eat loads of yummy food, and buy exotic stuff from vendors selling piratesque wares. Catch local bands, go on a scavenger hunt, and play games. It’s great for kids and grown ups without kids.  

  • It is located in the North of Oregon, north of Garibaldi and south of Manzanita Beach
  • Can I bring my dog to Rockaway Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Rockaway Beach? – Yes, there are campgrounds and RV grounds to park on
  • Distance from Portland – 89 miles or  1 hr 40 mins
  • Distance from Seattle – 224 miles or 4 hrs 16 mins 

Cobble Beach

Cobble Beach is on the north end of Newport, OR at Yaquina Head. It’s right next to Yaquina Bay and it’s best known for the sweet musical sounds of the water running through the cobblestones. You can also catch gray whales migrating down to Mexico in late-fall to early-winter or when they cruise back up to Alaska from late-winter to early-spring. 

Yes, it’s a beach made up of cobblestones, and yes, the sound of the ocean over the stones is as beautiful as you imagine it is. It kind of sounds like applause. It might be me, but hearing the cobblestones makes up for the 115 stairs down to the beach. Not only is the beach peaceful, but during low tide, the tide pools are rich with sea stars, anemones, and sea urchins. 

Did we mention there’s 115 stairs? Just making sure you got that. Not great for your elderly grandma or your friends with a stroller. 

At Cobble Beach, the tide pools are fun to look for critters and the super cool lighthouse.  

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

This 19th Century lighthouse is still operating to this day. It’s pretty cool, and the fact that you can get a tour (when COVID isn’t a thing) makes it a much better visit down the coast to Cobble Beach.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

A really nice aquarium you can hit up when you’re tired of beach and sand. It has a great learning program and they love a crowd when feeding the animals. They have otters, sharks, seals, and other trapped wildlife you can see. Tons of fun for the whole family! 

  • It’s located in western Oregon, north of Newport and south of Beverly Beach
  • Can I bring my dog to Cobble Beach? – Yes. But they must be on a leash.
  • Can I camp at Cobble Beach – Not sure. 
  • Distance from Portland – 112 miles or 2 hour 31 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle –  285 miles or 5 hours 25 minutes

Pacific City Beach

So, if you’re bored of the same old PNW beach that you’ve been going to for years, then this beach might be a good way to shake things up.

Pacific City Beach has a big surf (for surfing and boogie boarding), kayaking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Even though it’s become a central tourist hub and there’s loads to do, it’s the calm and relaxed atmosphere that makes it unique. 

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

The fact that you can go hiking in Cape Kiwanda in the morning and go for an afternoon run on the beach, then finish your day bird watching at your choice of sea stacks, makes for a great time at this quiet beach.You have great views of Haystack Rock, too. It’s a gorgeous beach.

There are tide pools that fill up with wonderful sea creatures, sand dunes for hiking, and hang gliding. 

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This 2.2 mile loop of trails is great when you want an easy hike and lots of choices of terrain. Coastal prairie, alder forest, and wildflower meadow trails all take you through a scenic view of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca Rivers. You can get in some bird watching and snap some amazing photos. And, when that wears off, it’ll be time to head over to the pub for some IPAs. 

Pelican Brewing Company 

An iconic brew pub right on the coast that’s great when you need a little pick me up from all that relaxing. They specialize in beer-inspired cuisines and award-winning beer. Grab your IPA and stuff yourself with some food that’s so-so but all is forgiven once you see the view. Who needs food, anyway?!?

  •  It’s located in northern Oregon, north of Lincoln City and south of Cape Kiwanda
  • Can I bring my dog to Pacific City Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Pacific City Beach? – Not directly on the beach, but yes, there are authorized camping areas.
  • Distance from Seattle – 268 miles or 4 hr 52 minutes
  • Distance from Portland – 96 miles or 1hr 51 minutes

Meyers Creek Beach

Meyers Creek Beach, south of Gold Beach, might feel like a forgotten gem, but every single viewpoint of this beach draws you in; from the broad sandy shore, dramatic haystack rocks, big seashells to the little creeks, this beach has something for everyone. 

Have you ever had a staredown contest with a seagull? Mine! This beach makes it the perfect place for it; plus, I love feeling tiny next to the giant boulders. It’s known for having strong high winds that can feel a bit obnoxious in your face, but for windsurfers, it’s perfect. 

Meyers Creek Beach is a tiny 2 mile long stretch of beach where Meyers Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s just a couple miles north of the mouth of Pistol River and 14 miles south of Gold Beach. During low tide, if you kayak out you can actually go right through a haystack rock and look up where there’s a hole that opens up to the sky. 

Being from the Pacific northwest, I am used to pretty beaches, but holy shit, does this one take the cake from tidal pools to the large haystack rocks? One trip here and you will find yourself skipping town for this serenity. There are no restaurants or shops here. Basically if you’re up for windsurfing, kayaking, or just having a gorgeous beach that’s away from it all, then this is your jam.  

  • It’s located in southern Oregon, 14 miles south of Gold Beach. Take one of the 6 turnouts off of Highway 101 and follow signs for an easy walk down to the beach. 
  • Can I bring my dog to Meyers Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Meyers Beach? – Yes
  • Distance from Seattle – 481 miles or 8 hr 14 mins
  • Distance from Portland – 309 miles or 5 hr 31 mins

Roads End State Recreation Site

Ultimate beach…Those are the only two words that sum up Roads End. I know that I crap on Florida beaches a lot, and with good reason, but if a pleasant evening stroll on a smooth sandy beach doesn’t involve tennis shoes, I’m in.

It’s a small beach that is not right on Highway 101 (the PCH). Located in Lincoln City, OR, if you’re coming from the north on Highway 101, turn right at Safeway and go about a mile. My favorite thing about this beach is the one-mile distance between the parking space and the water, which is decorated with cute little beach cottages. 

During low tide, you can go tide pooling and scramble over lava rocks, or if you’re brave enough, you can explore hidden coves. It’s still a bit of a locals-only spot so it’s less crowded than beaches right off the PCH. If you love sailboarding and kiteboarding, break out that board and do it up!

Cascade Head

Walk north on the beach and you’ll run into Cascade Head. It’s a hot spot for Bald Eagles and you’ll find loads of sea stars. I can’t even describe how beautiful this spot is. Haystack rocks in the water, big rocks in the soft sand, wild sea creatures running free while birds try to eat them; it’s nature at its finest. Once you’re brain is saturated with beauty, head into town for some glass blowing and an amazing dinner. 

Lincoln City Glass Center

Learn how to blow your own glass creations. Lincoln City Glass Center gives 30 minute lessons to teach you the right (and wrong!) ways to create your own glass. If you can’t quite figure it out, no worries, they’ll make something great for you to take home.  

The Bay House at Salishan

If you don’t mend spending a little extra on an excellent dinner, then check out The Bay House, just south of the main beach entrance and north of Cutler City. It’s a nice place, don’t be strollin’ in there with sandy feet and flip flops, but you don’t need a monkey suit either. Just take a shower and wear something your grandmother would approve of. The view is spectacular, it’s oceanfront and feels cozy inside. You should order the clams, halibut, chocolate torte, and a nice bottle of wine. 

  • It’s located in northern Oregon in Lincoln City
  • Can I bring my dog to Roads End Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Roads End State Recreation Site? – Yes. There are campsites.
  • Distance from Portland – 87 miles or 1 hour 54 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 260 miles or 4 hours 43 minutes

Beverly Beach State Park 

You know how bossy 8 year olds get?? Well, this is yet another victory for them. In 1930 a couple bought this chunk of land, and when they needed a name, they turned to their youngest daughter, and she named the beach Beverly after her doll. Yaay!

And, like an 8 year old, this northwestern beach is both sweet and sour. Sweet for it’s beautiful scenery and beaches, sour if you’re not there to camp. There’s loads of camping here and the campground has mixed reviews. Most everyone loves it for its proximity to the beach but it can be a little crowded and noisy. 

It’s about 5 miles north of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse (no, not the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse which is further south) and 2 miles south of Otter Rock. 

On the Southern end, it offers prime kite-flying surroundings coupled with otherworldly beachcombing territory. You can build a sandcastle, surf, or just kick back and chill. 

For my daredevils, take a 1.5-mile walk, and you find yourself at the ooh so famous devil’s punchbowl (sounds like something my dad would order!)

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Just south of Beverly Beach, you’ll find Oregon’s tallest standing lighthouse: the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. How tall, you ask?? Well, it’s 93 feet, sir, 93 feet.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is really an amazing specimen.  

It extends 1 mile into the ocean, so it’s filled with tidepools, the Lighthouse which was first lit in 1873, seal refuge, and spot to see migrating gray whales (late fall-early winter and late winter-early spring). It has Cobble Beach which makes music every time the tide rolls over it’s cobblestones. You can spot sea stars, urchins, and sea anemones on the ocean floor. 

Otter Crest Marine Gardens

If you like tide pools, you’ll love Otter Crest. It’s riddled with them; tide pools as far as the eye can see. There’s also hidden tunnels and sea caves to be explored. It’s really a cool place, especially for kids. 

Flying Dutchman Winery

When you’re near the Devil’s Punchbowl, swing by Flying Dutchman Winery for some yummy, salt fermented wines. It’s known for its small batches of wine aged in oak barrels and hand bottled from grapes grown in the salty sea air. It’s the westernmost winery in the Continental US, so you know it’s good. 

  • Where is it located – Central Oregon north of Newport, in Otter Rock, near the Yaquina head lighthouse
  • Can I bring my dog to Beverly Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Beverly Beach? – Yes, OK for big RV’s, too
  • Distance from Portland – 107 miles or 2 hours 26 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 43 miles or 1 hour 25 minutes

Harris Beach State Park

I know I keep saying that there is nothing better than the coast, but can you blame me? It makes it a bit harder when you have a beach that not only has impressive hay stack formations but is home to Bird Island, a national wildlife sanctuary.

Harris Beach is located 8 miles north of the Oregon/California border. They don’t charge for a day pass and there’s tons of parking. 

Not only can you see some Bald Eagles flying around, but you can go hiking, camping, . I loved that the campgrounds are right by the beach for those coastal winter storms that are sure to get you in the right mood. 

Lone Ranch Beach 

Not trying to steal the thunder from Harris Beach, but it just so happens that there’s another beach worth mentioning right next door. About 3 ½ miles north of Harris is Lone Ranch Beach. It’s got easy beach access, tide pools, picnic tables, climbing rocks, and is super dog friendly. You can spend at least an hour on this small beach without sitting down and be super happy. A quiet picnic or romantic sunset might be the cherry on top of a great trip to Brookings. 

Mattie’s Pancake House

Head south from Harris beach about 8 miles and you’ll run into the small town of Brookings. One of their not-so-hidden gems is a breakfast place called Mattie’s…yes, it’s a-mazing and a local hotspot. They’re good at making biscuits and gravy, eggs, french toast, hash browns, and pretty much everything on the menu. The only complaint, sometimes there’s a bit of a wait because people can’t get enough of Mattie’s.    

  • Located in southern Oregon in Brookings
  • Can I bring my dog to Harris beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Harris beach? – Yes, but there is a 24 hours lumber yard near the campground which can be loud at night
  • Distance from Portland – 328 miles or 5 hours 48 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 501 miles or 8 hours 37 minutes

Horsfall Beach

Imagine 47-miles of dunes and striking panoramic wetlands! You can go off-roading over the dunes, or pick a trail and head over the dunes to the beach. Don’t worry, actually getting to the beach sounds harder than it is. 

Located within the Oregon National Recreational Area, this beach is one of the most active beaches in Oregon and well-loved by visitors from all around the world. Once they decide what to do!

Hiking, beach, dune buggies, ATVs, sand surfing, lakes, forests, and even ghastly shipwrecks make it hard to figure out what to do first. You can rent dune buggies and ATVs nearby or in Florence at Full Throttle. When you get tired or sand and sun, there are unique museums, decent restaurants, and some shopping nearby. 

Umpqua Discovery Center

A unique museum for kids and not-kids. There’s interactive murals and activities and, yes, a gift shop. You’ll come away knowing something you didn’t know already about the area. Plus, you can visit a weather station and bear den. You can definitely kill an afternoon here and not regret it.  

Harbor Light Family Restaurant

Super close to the beach Rec Area is Harbor Light Restaurant. If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some pot pie, fish and chips, or the ever-popular PNW specialty – salmon chowder- you’ll be happy with this place.  

  • It is located in central Oregon, in Reedsport, north of Coos Bay and south of Florence
  • Can I bring my dog to Horsfall Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Horsfall Beach? – Yes
  • Distance from Portland – 219 miles or 3 1/2 hours
  • Distance from Seattle – 392 miles or 5 1/2 hours

Moolack Beach

I never used to believe in the healing powers of crystals or stones. Seems too, “hippy.”

You’re probably asking yourself what do they have in common. Well, nothing, but if you are a lover of agate stones, then be sure to head down to Moolack Beach for some expansive collecting. What’s an agate stone, you ask? Well, let me tell you.  

Agates are gemstones made up of chalcedony and microcrystalline quartz. They’re banded, translucent, and form in volcanoes. Oh, did I mention they’re used in jewelry and are absolutely stunning?? Plus, at Moolack Beach, you can find them just hanging out, waiting for you to find them. You can’t get much cooler than that.   

It’s a small beach without a ton of people. You can hear the big waves crash and take in the beautiful scenery without a lot of interruptions. This makes it perfect for bird watching, searching for sea glass, fossils, oh, and did we mention agates?? Ya, they’re there. 

And just in case you were wondering, yes, I have been to Moolack Beach, and the surfing is what stole my heart. 

Moolack Beach is south of Beverly Beach and north of Newport. The trail down to the beach is a tad windy and steep, but not super hard. If you’re bringing little kids, you might want to stick to Beverly Beach where they have bathrooms, showers, and easier paths.  

Otter Crest Loop

This is a harrowing road that takes you south, off the PCH, through windy, narrow, sometimes one-way roads. But why do I even mention this scary 15 minute jaunt?? Because the scenery is so worth the increased heart rate of driving on such a road. You can even spot migrating gray whales if the season is right (much better than fighting the crowds at Depoe Bay!). 

The signage to hop onto the Loop is not great, so be on the lookout. It’s 5 miles north of Moolack Beach on the 101, but get on on the 101 South and take it south to see everything. 

Georgie’s Beachside Grill

Georgie’s is inside the Hallmark Hotel Resort and is a great place to sit and have a drink. It has wall-to-wall ocean views, a great wine list, full bar, and a good selection of IPAs. Once you’re sitting and looking and drinking, you’ll smell the amazing food they’re known for. Do yourself a favor and try the crab cakes, crab salad, clam chowder, and Yaquina Bay oysters.  They do breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

  • It is located in north Oregon, 5 miles north of Newport
  • Can I bring my dog to Moolack Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Moolack Beach – Yes
  • Distance from Portland – 109 miles or 2 hour 26 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 282 miles or  5 hour 20 minutes

Sunset Bay State Park

Sunset Bay State Park is a treasure trove along the pacific coast. That is what my family calls it. Probably because of the public golf course. Just like the name suggests, the bay has some of the most beautiful sunsets on the coast, plus the trails will kick your butt, in the right way.

From the trails connecting sunset bay with shores acres to the hidden coves and the pristine beaches, there’s plenty to take in, even for non-golfers. 

You can fish off the rocks on the north and south sides of the Bay

It’s just 10 miles southwest of Coos Bay and has showers, bathrooms, changing stalls, and free parking. 

Sunset Bay Golf Course

A lush and beautiful course with 3,000 yards of par 36 with two par 5’s, five par 4’s and two par 3’s. It’s not going to totally wipe you out but it won’t leave you wanting more, either. It’s a nice Goldilocks course.  

Miller’s at the Cove

From the outside, Miller’s doesn’t look like much. But once you taste the food you’ll understand why it’s made it into our Guide. Holy smoke balls. The marion berry pie was the best in the PNW. You probably know that marionberries are a thing here,  they’re pretty much a peppy blackberry, but this pie was absolutely to die for.

OK, so you’re steering clear of pie. Gotta watch the old waistline, I get it. Well replace those pie calories with beer calories because Miller’s has a great Happy Hour with a bunch of local craft beers. Eat some fries (they’re superb) and grab a fish taco. 

  • It is located in southern Oregon, 10 miles southwest of Coos Bay
  • Can I bring my dog to sunset bay beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at sunset beach? – Yes, there are several campgrounds available but there’s a lot of complaints about them being mismanaged. 
  • Distance from Portland – 231 miles or  4 hours
  • Distance from Seattle –  400 miles  or 7 hours

Bullards Beach State Park

A hit among history bluffs, located north of Bandon, this 4-mile-long beach is perfect for my beachcombing babies.  My favorite thing about this beach are the picnic areas with barbeque pits and horseshoe pelts. But watch your food, there are a lot of birds here!

If you are scared of coastal birds, then be sure to stay in the car or maybe fight that seagull for your burrito (he sure as hell doesn’t deserve it) and take in the sights of the beach as kids run after the cormorants and pelicans who frequent the shore.

Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint

This popular viewpoint is aptly named for its huge rocks with face-shaped features. You’ll see haystacks in the water and find sea caves that you’ll want to explore during low tide. Loads of sea stars, urchins, and all sorts of crazy creatures are just waiting to be found. You can spend the day walking on the sand and exploring. 

Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant

In the PNW, especially on the coast, it’s not often you’ll find really, really good (I mean, homemade pasta good!) italian food. Well, Alloro’s got you. You’ve got seafood, steaks, and italian all in one place. Everything is fresh and housemade as much as possible. Get the crab bisque, scallops, and lemon panna cotta. Really, everything is probably amazing, but these were my favorite. It, quite literally, could be the best restaurant on the PNW.    

Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates and Desserts

Hot chocolate (or ‘sipping chocolate’ for you chocolate buffs out there) on a cool day, chocolate candies, and desserts are made in-house and melt in your mouth. Once you come here, you’ll be hooked. 

  • It is located in southern Oregon, 4 miles north of Bandon
  • Can I bring my dog to Bullards Beach? – Yes
  • Can I camp at Bullards Beach? – Yes, there are even hot free showers
  • Distance from Portland – 245 miles or 4 hour 13 minutes
  • Distance from Seattle – 418 miles or 7 hour 14 minutes

Final Thoughts

If you want to just hang on the beach with an ice cold IPA and eat an open-fire cooked crab you just stole from the ocean, Oregon beaches got you covered. If you want to gebusy windsurfing, kite surfing, normal surfing, hiking, sea cave exploring, kayaking, camping, SUP-ing, fishing, or really any other kind activity, except swimming, Oregon beaches have got you covered. We got food, drinks, fun, and- sometimes – sun. We have beach treasure and shipwrecks, tide pools, gray whales, sea stars, and dune buggies. Whatever you want, Oregon beaches got it. Just don’t forget your sweatshirt, even in summer.

So, quit reading and get going! Life’s too short! Oh ya, but don’t forget to leave us your email so we can send you other super fun and exciting things you never knew straight to your inbox. 

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Lockman’s Guide To The Quaking Aspen Leaf

Well, well, well, look at what we have here, somehow, some way, your arbitrary clicking has led you to your destination… perhaps, it was your fate to acquaint yourself with a luxurious Lee Lockman parable on the quaking aspen leaf… perhaps, it was your free will that guided you to accustom yourself with the trembling aspen leaf…

Who knows (God? Probably not), and who really cares (nobody? More than probably), you’re here for one thing and one thing only, to have a transcendent experience while reading about an aspen leaf, so let your holy uncle Lee guide you on this sermon. Oh, and FYI this is the quaking aspen tree bible I will be preaching from.

What is A Quaking Aspen Tree

Now, as any ‘sky pilot’ should, I’m here to set you up for success in this life and the many, many, many, more you may have… And, what better way to do that than to give you some divine truths about the quaking aspen tree itself (at least when you reincarnate as an aspen, you’ll know a little about yourself). 

The quaking aspen has supernatural distinctions in comparison to any other tree. This deciduous tree holds the title of the largest living organism, as well as being the most widely distributed tree in North America. It’s presence from sea to sky, growing in clones predominately through root sprouting. It amasses a longitudinal range through nine time zones, making it a peculiarly omnipresent organism. 

So, you probably noticed I used two different names for the tree, surprisingly I didn’t do this just to flex my ability to use a thesaurus. Populus tremuloides (its Latin); or more commonly known as the quaking aspen, has almost as many names as James McAvoy had in the movie “Split”. It can be identified as either the: trembling aspen, American aspen, golden aspen, mountain aspen, and in Español: álamo blanco, and álamo temblón (relax senoras I don’t speak Spanish, yet).

How did we arrive at all these cognomens for this one particular tree? Well it was as simple as using a thesaurus for the word nickname. See, when the breeze (or when the Gods exhalation) moves through the branches and shakes the leaves dangling on the aspen it evokes a trembling/quaking sound into your earholes. Yup, it’s that simple… (sigh).

The Quaking Aspen Leaf

Well, fate didn’t have you click this article for a cursory understanding of the quaking aspen, rather we’ve established you’re here to enhance your acuity about the leaf itself, and as the country rap-rock sensation Kid Rock would say through his autotuned voice, “Only God Knows Why”…

So, let’s start with the ABC’s. Aspen leaves are about as thin as my patience for my imbecilic co-workers, and as firm as my responses to their chowderheaded requests (for all you people who don’t understand tone, the leaves are thin and firm…). They are typically 1.5 to 3 inches in diameter.

What Shape is a Quaking Aspen Leaf?

The quaking aspen leaf has a round base and reaches a point at the apex, similar to my pear headed boss. Further, the leaf features sharp pointed teeth along the margins of the leaf, similar to the dolphin teeth that reside in my boss’s mouth (yes, it’s the same person, his gene pool evidently a series of unfortunate events).

Do Quaking Aspen Leafs Have Stems?

The leaves have a small stem known as the petiole which has a flattened spine that runs through the entire leaf. The flattened stem is the reason why the leaves quake and tremble in the wafting winds. Without it, there would be a void in nature; the shivering orchestra would no longer play its tune. 

Can Quaking Aspen Tree Leaves Act As a Windbreak?

Up on the higher elevations of the Gorge we have what a meteorologist would call ‘heavy winds’ (honestly, tell me what other job besides meteorologist you can be wrong most of the time and still collect a paycheck). To make you understand how windy it is atop the Gorge we’ve actually turned into a breeding ground for windmills. 

This wind is ostensibly a ‘no bueno’ for the farmers. I’m praying to Allah you would know why farmers and wind are like oil and water, but I’m not going to give you the benefit of the doubt… high winds cause crop loss, and make it difficult to harvest, and it dries the soil out like my crusty handed boss (yeah, add dry hands to the list to the poor guy, his hands honestly look like a cracked desiccated desert floor…). 

So, farmers being farmers found that quaking aspens make for aesthetically appealing windbreakers. They are able to block the wind and shield their houses from the penetration of the winds. But, that’s not all, no, they ironically reduce unwelcome sounds from highways and traffic. The problem here is that it’s hard to tell whether the leaves are blocking the sounds or if that trembling symphony of leaves is actually louder than traffic…

Now, before you go planting (click this if you want a Lee experience on the growing process, which you more than likely do…) a herd of soundproofing trees around your property for ‘acoustic value’, we should talk about everyone’s favourite topic these days… disease. Yes, this tree has a real hard-on for disease, they’re prone to injuries from deer and elk rubbing, aspen leaf blight, and pests.

What is Aspen Leaf Blight?

Aspen leaf blight is caused by the fungus Venturia, it’s a disease that affects the younger trees. The pathogen ceases growth and causes more deformities in the terminal shoots (no… I won’t compare my boss’s deformities to the trees, I actually have respect for the quaking aspen). The disease emerges in the spring with black spots on the leaves, eventually expanding and merging until the entire leaf is covered and wilts.

The best treatment is removing the infected leaves, twigs and branches in the fall in order to reduce the prominence of the disease in the spring. Fortunately, you can use a fungicide, unfortunately, this will only prevent new infections, and any leaves that are already infected will not be cured.

What Color Should Quaking Aspen Leafs Be?

One of the most distinguishing qualities of the smooth leaf is its color, which is a bright green to yellowish-green that dramatically transforms to yellow, gold, and orange in the autumn season. This is where uncle Lee has to take a moment and pause to let you put your mind’s eye to work and create a mental sketch. So, let’s sketch away.

Walk Through The Trees With Me

As I’ve implicitly alluded to, I’m a savant amongst savages, so Uncle Lee has to take the edge off somehow. And, what better way than to employ heading down to the local craft brewpub as a coping mechanism.

There was a 7-day stretch in the heart of September where I felt the pulse of autumn. It would beat on my walks home after I had administered some IPA-therapy into my bloodstream. I would cut through the park where I walked amid quaking aspens, in a state between heaven and hell. Their presence is gentle in their foreboding annual death.

The season had arrived. The leaves initiated their annual pigment metamorphosis from emerald green to lemon quartz and carnelian gemstone. The jewellike leaves shimmering in the cooling sun. Alfresco gusts jingling the yellow and orange crystals ornamenting the ashed-snow colored branches. Fall had finally wrapped me in its embrace. 

Now, let’s hope your mind’s eye was able to bring some of that to life, if it wasn’t at least you’ll be happy to know you are very much in the same company as my coworkers… Ok, ok, maybe I’m being too hard on you (not likely, but)… there are some other purposes for the aspen leaf beyond poetic prose or making an impregnable fortress to the wind.

 Quaking Aspen Leaf Tea

A common question in the PNW ( Pacific Northwest ) is whether or not we can steep a leaf of some plant or herb, and drink the remaining earth water it produces. The short answer, yes, according to Paul J. Van Horn and his “survival blog”. The leaves can be steeped in some boiling water to remedy pain-relief. Just ensure that leaves are not devoured with that fungal infection before you start drinking ladles full of the leaf water. 

Obviously, a man that self-appoints himself as being rugged (as I’m about to do), is often cringeworthy, gag inducing, and worth a couple eyerolls. However, if there was a Venn diagram where one side stated “making medicine from tree” and the opposing side stated “rugged” the intersecting middle would have “Lee Lockman” bolded and underlined. So, I hope we can agree that the pinnacle of being a man is being able to make medicine with your hands, or at least have some knowledge about it… 

Ok, ok, I’m done touting my superiority for a moment to inform you that the leaf in combination with bark contains salicin, which is an anti-inflammatory agent.

To make the tea boil down both the aspen’s leaf and it’s bark to create a concentrated liquid, this extraction process is known as decoction. This can relieve joint pain, fever, and create a dam for the brown waters that occur from diarrhea. Oh, and guess what, you can use your decoction as a topical remedy for acne and eczema as well.

The Quaking Aspen Leaf Inspired Power Generator

We’ve made it to that part of the article where I highlight scientists doing scientist things. At this point you’re obviously aware that aspen leaves quiver in low wind (if not then I’ll refund your time). The actual quaking of the leaves is what flickered the incandescent light on over the heads of a group of engineer researchers from the University of Warwick.

The research group posited that the underlying mechanisms (aka structure) of the leaf could generate electrical power in an efficient and effective manner. So, of course, they designed a device that was based on the structure of the leaf, which exploits the wind-generated movement. They did so by creating a cantilever beam similar to the flat stem of the leaf, and a curved blade tip that looks like my boss’s head… 

What makes this an attractive mechanism is it can provide a mechanical way of generating power in environments with extreme cold, heat, dust or sand. Oh, and where do we have extreme weather conditions? Yup, you guessed it, Mars.

The Mars rover named “Opportunity” used solar panels, but it eventually flat-lined due to the extra-terrestrial weather. However, the researchers suggest had the Mars rover been equipped with a cyborg quaking aspen leaf as a backup source for energy it could’ve potentially extended the exploration.

 Summary

Hallelujah! You’ve been baptised in all the quaking aspen leaf tea you can handle. And, now that you’ve been blessed with my words, it’s time to fill the donation box. However, instead of money (although…), all I ask if you enjoyed the article is support us by subscribing to our newsletter! 

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The Quaking Aspen Tree

Ola, Bonjour, Kon’nichiwa… welcome, welcome, welcome. Here you are, earnestly waiting, begging like Oliver Twist to have ladles full of quaking aspen info poured into your bowl.  Fear not,  a Lee Lockman trait is being upfront, so let me just do that; reading this article comes with a couple of rewards (lucky you): 1) you’ll become a bonafide expert on all things quaking aspen 2) you’ll be able to grow an entire forest of aspen in your backyard if your pretty little heart desires so.  Oh, and I almost forgot, if you’re a real glutton, and want to fill that tum-tum of yours with some more trembling aspen factoids, move that sexy pointer finger of yours over here and click to read Everything A Man Should Know About The Quaking Aspen.

What is a Quaking Aspen Tree?

You guessed it, it’s a tree, but more specifically it’s “a world record holding deciduous tree that resides in the cooler regions of North America. I read somewhere once that 65% of people are visual learners (that fact comes free of charge ladies and gentlemen), so let Lee paint you a picture. 

Plant yourself in the middle of autumn. The air has some bite to it again, your nostrils washed with the cleansing alfresco breeze. You’re in the thick of it. Consumed on all sides by porcelain white trunks and branches adorned with chick yellow leaves. That teeth-like wind pushes through the leaves evoking a sound of quivering. 

Alright, come back to me, that right there, that masterpiece I just created in your mind is what the quaking aspen tree is. Let’s get technical with it because you didn’t solely come here for art you came for facts. 

The quaking aspen tree in Latin is known as populus tremuloides, and it has more nicknames than you have with your partner (and if your single, more nicknames than you give your pet, and if you don’t have either of those maybe it’s time to reevaluate your life…). The quaking aspen goes by the trembling aspen, golden aspen, and for all you patriots out there the American aspen. 

As humans we often try and overcomplicate things, but not with the naming of this tree. The leaves “quake” and tremble when the breeze hits the leaves. So, we added an adjective in front of aspen and were done with it already.

How Do Quaking Aspen Reproduce

You probably haven’t thought about sex for a couple of minutes since you’ve been captivated by every word written here so far (please men just try and wait till your done reading this article before you go take care of business… or just at the very least keep this tab open). So, let’s talk about trees bumping and grinding on one another and making sexy little tree babies.  

Ok, even though it is quite a visual to see trees getting down and nasty with it (use your imagination I can’t paint all the pictures for you), quaking aspen trees actually have two methods of reproducing some offspring. They reproduce by seeds and by root sprouts, with root sprouting being the more common and successful form of reproduction. 

Due to the aspens root sprouting ways, there are many trees that are genetically identical aka they’re cloning themselves. Basically, you can have an entire forest of trees from an aspen that has command + c’d and command + v’d (don’t worry PC people here you go – ctrl + c & ctrl + v) itself. All those copied and pasted aspens share one single root, hence the identical characteristics, hence why root sprouting is the most effective form of reproduction, and I hope at this point you hence get how these trees reproduce.

Where Do Quaking Aspen Trees Grow 

Now that your inner food basket has been satiated with some wholesome quaking aspen facts, you probably want to know where these trees reside so you can be in their embrace sooner than later. 

Quaking aspens have been able to spawn at such a rate that they are the most widely distributed tree in North America. They grow all the way up in Alaska, creep through Canada, move down through the good ol’ U.S. of A, and touch down in Mexico. 

They are able to grow so widely in part to their IDGAF attitude towards climatic conditions. The aspen grows at low altitudes in the north, high altitudes in the south, and in all types of soil. I’ll get a little more specific with the soil; the aspen lust for sandy gravelly slopes, and they quickly congregate in disturbed sites where there is an abundance of bare soil. Furthermore, yes furthermore, the deciduous cloning tree grows best where the soil is moist and where the rays of sun are bountiful. 

Now, we all know I’m going to say that the quaking aspen grows best in the PNW (I live here if that wasn’t implied enough), and we all know that I’m being biased, but we all know I’m also correct in my assertion. I mean if you were to do some digesting of the little nuggets of facts, I have force fed you so far (still at it… I know), you should be able to deduce why we; the PNW, are ideal for the quaking aspen to reside in our hood over any other region. We’ve got moist brown butter soil, we’ve got high altitudes, we’ve got low altitudes, and whenever that sun does decide to come out… it sprays its beams of warmth a plenty. So, I ask you, am I being biased, or am I being right?

How to Propagate Quaking Aspen Trees

At this point you’re probably so enthralled with the idea of quaking aspen you want to put your botanist regalia on, and get out there and make your own forest of clones. So, let Lee sow some seeds of instruction. 

How to breed these mutants:

Step 1: Root Collection

  • You want to start slicing and dicing between the months of February and May on days the frost is absent
  • Find a mature growth area, we don’t want to be hacking away at the little ones
  • Expose and detach the root and cut about a foot in length 
  • Place in a plastic bag and be sure to keep the roots moist, a way to do this using damp moss

Step 2: Treatment of Roots

  • Preventing the roots from drying out should be your primary concern
  • Plant in boxes that can hold about 10 of those foot-long root sections
  • Cover them with a compost peat mix – this helps keep the roots moist
  • If you have a polytunnel/greenhouse place those boxes in there with no heat, but make sure you keep the compost mixture wet
  • Suckers (these look like new baby branches shooting from the root) will come alive around 4-6 weeks after this, and if you harvest regularly, you’ll be in sucker heaven for about 12 weeks

Step 3: Prep of Cuttings

  • When the suckers get 1-3 inches in height, it’s time to bring your scalpel and cut them off individually where the sucker and mama root meet
  • Dip the cuttings like a beef dip into a rooting compound
  • Plant the cuttings using a dibber (it’s basically an ice pick for gardening) into a tray with compost and perlite
  • Label with date of cuttings

Step 4: Final Care

  • You want to be periodically misting the planted cuttings
  • Cuttings usually begin to produce roots in approximately 2-3 weeks
  • Once they are done being delicately misted, they need to be carefully introduced into the outdoor conditions by placing them in a cold frame where there is adequate shade
  • After another 14 to 21 days they are ready to be potted into their own pots with either peat or coir-based compost
  • Then it’s time to release them into the wild… rather your backyard

How Much Water Do Quaking Aspen Trees Need

Like any tree, the quaking aspen enjoys a thirst quenching watering schedule. This is even more true during the infancy of the trembling trees life. The best way to ensure your roots are going to be healthy is to give them a good soaking for the first six weeks (Relax BYU, I’m not talking about that type of soaking). 

Soak that soil until it is 20 inches deep, and avoid getting the foliage wet… insert that’s what she said joke here … Then add about 2-3 inches of mulch so it can stay nice and damp. A method to ensure that the roots will be able to slurp up the water they need is by laying a soaker hose under the mulch, and make doubly sure that you let the soil dry before you water again. 

A good indicator if you’re over or underwatering your tree is if the leaves begin to go limp, and droop like my grandmother Elanor’s eyelid. This is where you have to use your discretion and adjust your water habits as needed (I can’t do it for you, and even if I could I wouldn’t). 

When To Plant A Quaking Aspen

Now that I’ve germinated some paramount propagation and watering seeds of info into your mind, it would be ill conceived of me, and actually quite inadequate of me to not inform you on when to plant your quaking aspen. 

The primetime for planting is spring, once the film of frost has dissolved. Why spring? Not solely because I am telling you that spring is the best, but because spring actually gives the young aspen time to establish that integral root system. Without a proper root system your quaking aspen will desiccate and parish like my grandma (don’t worry Eleanor and her droopy eyelids are still alive. It’s the other grandma you know the one who you don’t really know, anyways enough about my family tree). 

The quaking aspen has a peculiar lifespan. It’s unique because an individual quaking aspen often lives for about 50-60 years, and in the west up 150 years (remember when I said it grows best in the PNW… how much more evidence do you need). However, the trembling aspen also has a perennial lifespan, meaning it can live forever. This is due to it’s root sprouting reproduction; one stem has a short life, but the clone can live for eons.

Where To Buy A Quaking Aspen

If propagation isn’t your thing, and if you yearn to have your backyard filled with cream cheese coloured trunks and shivering yolk leaves then purchasing a nursery tree may be your best option. Obviously, I can’t specifically tell you where to buy your quaking aspen, but if you are having trouble finding a specific location I created this interactive guide that might help some of you.

However, there are two common sources where you can begin your mutant forest of cloned trembling trees: a local tree farm/nursery or a big box retailer. Now, I’m not going to ramble about the differences between a tree farm and a retailer, I already did that here. Rather, I’ll just reiterate the importance of finding the perfect young tree. It’s important to be picky and really take the time in finding your quaking aspen (similar to picking that random craft-brewed beer you’ve chosen due to how “cool” the label looks), this tree will hopefully outlive you, so choose wisely my dear friend.

Summary

So, we’ve finished a seven-course meal on quaking aspen, and now you are pleasantly full with all that wholesome information. Now let that belch out you’ve clearly earned it!

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How To Use A Pumice Stone for Cleaning

If you own a pumice stone, you’re one step ahead of most people.

But merely having a pumice stone is not enough! Chances are you’re not getting the full use out of it. But don’t be dismayed because I, Amber, solemnly do swear to take you on as my padawan one and teach you everything I know about pumice under the sun.

You might be using the pumice stone only during spa day, especially now with the lockdown and all, but did you know about its use in your day to day cleaning? Of course, you did; your Mom keeps sending you a shit ton of articles because she’s worried you will live in filth after moving out.

I’m not taking your Mom’s side, but Chinese takeout always has that distinct smell and you should probably clean out your sink while you’re at it.

WHAT IS A PUMICE STONE ANYWAY?

Unless you are a geology major, you probably don’t know that when a volcano erupts and hot magma; aka lava comes into contact with water or air, it cools rapidly and creates the tiny little bubbles found throughout a pumice stone—pretty cool, right.

 “The physical world has no two things alike.” that was either said by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi or maybe it was an Instagram poser I follow. Either way it applies perfectly to pumice. 

If you are a lover of all things Greek, they have a cooler rendition of how Pumice stone came into existence. They believed it was a gift straight from the gods Vulcan and Aphrodite during their unification. That might seem a bit of a stretch considering how tumultuous their marriage was. However, it could explain the infamous shower of pumice saturated ash in Pompeii for 24 hours straight….but, I diverge. 

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUMICE STONE.

So, there are two pumice grades: rock pumice and pumicite; you’re probably wondering what’s the difference. One is dirt or sand, and the other is a chunky rock.

Under rock pumice, you have nature made and gathered stone or human-made manufactured imposters. As someone who’s grown up in the pacific northwest, I can identify between the two even after I’ve had more than my fair share of IPA. You have to remember real ones float, fake ones sink. Insert witch trial joke here. Anyway. I should note that it is true that some man-made rocks will also float. When in doubt look at the company listed ingredients on the back.

You Get Some Pumice. You Get Some Pumice. Pumice For Everyone!

Okay, my pumice nerdiness might be showing a little, but did you know that during the construction of Italy’s pantheon, they used concrete, with travertine together with, yes, you guessed it, pumice. It may have been a small percentage but the pantheon is still standing. Justy saying.

Pumice is an incredibly versatile rock. It can be used for everything from calluses removal to soundproofing. It’s naturally fire resistant. Some people use it in mulch.  Even the construction industry has found an eco-friendly use for pumice stone in building materials. 

In this article though we are going to focus specifically on small pore pumice manufactured for cleaning. This girl’s secret weapon!  No, I’m not talking about chucking it at someone who says pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza. I’m talking about using this rock for cleaning all those filthy household items that look a bit uhm mm musty.

USING A PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR PANS

So, I’m a barely functioning adult. Don’t get me wrong on a good day my apartment barely smells like fruity skittles and burnt food, but who the hell invented grease and why is it soooooo hard to clean?

Like I get it when I cook, some chemical reaction happens, and boom, one Bachelorette episode in, and basically, I have a grease fire.

Is it too much to ask to be born a Michelin star chef? Anyway; if you’re like me love to coat your kitchen in bacon grease, then you know what a bitch it is to get that goo off your pans.

Don’t worry though while living in Target (a rant for another day) I found a way to save your pans with a little pedicure magic!  But how you ask. It’s not as abrasive as steel wool you say. Well let me get this quick disclaimer out of the way and I’ll walk you through it.

Disclaimer: If you have Teflon or diamond coated pans you might not want to give this a try.

Step 1

Important! Soak your pans for the duration of at least two hazy IPA’s.

Step 2

Wet your pumice stone. Never use a dry pumice stone unless you really want to add that “I spent twelve-thousand-dollars vintage look” to your pans.

Step 3

It’s all in the motion. Go with whatever motion feels right. If you’re scared that you might ruin your pan, be sure to do an inconspicuous area test beforehand. Steer clear of the handles. Most handles are coated with something like Teflon or devil urine. For extra dirty pans you might want to add some dish soap to your water, but that’s it. Before you know it; viola! Your pans are spic and span.

USING PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR OVEN.

I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who jumps at the chance to clean an oven after thanksgiving dinner or after any meal for that matter. I’m usually way too full and battling feelings of guilt thinking about Charlie. Yes; I nicknamed the turkey, and no; I don’t have a problem other than the fact that my family just left me to clean up after them! 

I feel like “I cook, you clean” should be etched on a stone tablet somewhere. However, if you’re feeling extra generous because you’re basically mother Teresa at this point, you can grab your favorite pumice stone; make your way to the oven, and get busy. 

This method is easy, nontoxic, and loosens up the burnt gunk without ruining the enamel of your oven. Last year’s pie still stuck on the baking grill? No problem, your trusted pumice stone is on duty!

I usually start this type of job with a man-made pumice stone. Simply open the oven door and use a tiny circle motion to scrub away the grease. It might get a bit messy, so putting down a rag or your Ex’s clothes first might be a good idea. After a good oven cleaning its best to just dispose of your stone as it’s going to be pretty grimy.

USING YOUR PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR SINK

I don’t know if I’m the only one who enjoys watching cleaning videos on YouTube, but there is just something about someone else cleaning filthy things that retains my attention. I always feel like I can clean my whole apartment in under ten minutes! Well I can’t 🙁 And unless you are living the tiny house lifestyle you probably can’t either! But after you’ve powered through all those dishes Harry left you, you can remove those huge stains on the sink with your pumice stone!

Clean Stainless Steel Sink Without Chemicals

If you’re like me and trying to steer away from chemicals, you can simply go in with your wet pumice stone. Using minimal elbow grease you can scrub away even the toughest stain. Works with any type of stain, be it rust, limescale buildup, or grease, the other parts of the sink, a rag, and some water will suffice.

As always, test an inconspicuous area if you are scared that you might ruin the sink, and if you have a marble sink or a custom finish, using a pumice stone is not advised.

USING PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR BATHTUB

When you’ve been in the office answering emails all day, the only light at the end of the tunnel is the 30 minutes soak at night. Dream on! You and I both know that you haven’t given your tub some TLC, and it has started forming those gross looking water lines.

How can you clean it? Well you can either move or get yourself a pumice stone. Personally I usually move houses but occasionally I opt for the other option.

The Supplies

1 large glass of wine, we are destressing here.

A pumice stone

Some water in a bucket

A disgusting tub (but not fiberglass, never fiberglass)

The Process

With your instruments of justice in hand, wet your stone, and make sure the tub is lubricated. Scrub like your mother’s watching. Rinse. Then draw yourself a bath, lock the bathroom door, and just zone out; you deserve it.

This process also works great for restoring that beautiful 1920s clawfoot tub you picked up from your neighbor with the rusty bus in his front yard. However if you have a fiberglass tub, the pumice stone will probably do more harm than good so only try this out with porcelain or ceramic tubs. I promise it will give your tub a new lease on life!

Note For Rich A-holes: If you have a finished metal or a gold tub for those perfect Instagram selfies, like fiberglass you should avoid using a pumice stone as this might scratch the tub.

USING PUMICE STONE TO CLEAN YOUR TOILET 

Here’s a fun little fact, the average adult spends about 92 days of their life on the toilet. That will either get you a second date or a very awkward start to dinner. Maybe I should have kept that little nugget to myself, but now you can’t unknow it and it’s probably the reason your Mom sent you this particular article!

No one likes cleaning the toilet. Yours is disgusting. You know it. I know it. What are we going to do about it? 

Move again? 

No. Not This time.

This time you’re going to listen to crazy Amber and clean it. Because let’s face it, we’re getting older and cleaning makes us happy. So, let’s get down and dirty. 

Make sure you wet the stone before working it into the stains. Start with a strong pulling motion until the stone starts to disintegrate and forms a light abrasive paste. Then move to small circles to rid the poop palace of whatever stains it might have.

Again be sure that the toilet is porcelain not a fiberglass one like those found in an RV or on a boat. You don’t want to tell your Dad why you ruined his RV toilet the first time he let you borrow it for the Fourth of July. Trust me!

In Closing

You can clean your entire apartment with it, from the stovetops, oven, grill, your sink to your pans. It feels like we’ve been talking for ages so I don’t really touch on it, but it can even clean your carpet! I know what you’re thinking. This carpet cost me $3000 to install. Well if your furry little buddy coated it in hair, you can use your pumice stone on it before you vacuum, but that’s a tale for another day.

So if you are still on the fence about the powerful pumice, my advice for you is RUN!

Run to the nearest pharmacy store and grab yourself one. Not only will your tub thank you, but you will be thinking of me; your pumice stone ambassador, as you take your 30-minute bath. {yes, I know, freaky}

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A Guide To Using A Pumice Stone For Feet

THE PUMICE STONE FOR FEET

“Alexa, what is the best pumice stone?” No response. Firstly, no one’s there because you don’t own one {you care about your privacy way too much}, and two, it can’t read out a full blog post.

So, here you are reading yet another article on pumice stone, but this isn’t your ordinary how-to guide. I will take you on a journey from the dark ages to the 21st century to give you an idea of what this wondrous and mystical stone can do for you.

WHY A PUMICE STONE ROCKS

For you to know the magical benefits of this stone, getting an origin story {thank you, stan lee} wouldn’t hurt.

If we look at Greek mythology, it will probably tell you how the gods gifted them with this wondrous stone during Vulcan and Venus’s gods’ unification.

A quick search on google will tell you that pumice is formed when super-heated, highly pressurized lava is violently ejected from a volcano into air/water. It cools so fast that these gases got trapped into little bubbles found all over the stone.

Sounds pretty cool, right? In Pompeii, it “rained “ash and pumice from the nearby active volcano for a straight 24 hours burying the town. The only survivor was a ten-year-old “Pliny the younger” talk about an extreme survivor. There is something to wow your friends with during dinner.

TYPES OF PUMICE STONE

Okay, I have to get this out of the way as soon as possible. The goddess Aphrodite did not create millions of perfectly shaped pumices for millions of people to use it as much as that would make me sleep better at night. It simply isn’t plausible.

There are two types; human-made pumice and gathered stones.

Chances are the perfectly shaped stone you got your mom for her birthday is human-made. There is nothing wrong with it, but I’m more of a purest.

Human-made/artificial pumice was made by mixing particles made up of glass with sand and basalt mixed in with calcium or magnesium carbonate. It seems like a lot, but basically, it’s many chemicals mixed to give you a pumice stone.

That might give you the heebie-jeebies. You might feel its best to go the natural route; however, please note that artificial pumice takes up less shipping and storage costs, thereby making it exceptionally eco-friendly.

I would say I am more of a natural girl, even though I still use deodorants even though they have aluminum in them. I believe that mother nature has given us everything we need.

Plus, my thrifted denim will always have that cool distressed look. My pumice stone  plays a huge part. Okay, Carol. Now you know

HOW DO YOU USE YOUR PUMICE STONE?

Pedicures

Is it true that feet are the new windows to the soul? Okay, I might have stretched that out a bit, but who doesn’t love pretty feet {yes even those creepy guys on craigslist know what’s up.}

You can do this either in your living room or bedroom. Take your footbath, your trustee pumice stone, oils, and get ready to have adorable tootsies. For your convenience, you can plug it in near you, be careful not to get zapped.

Start by soaking your feet; I usually use this time to overthink my life but the dealer’s choice. Right? When you’re ready to start sloughing off the yummy goodness, pat dry and start rubbing in a circular motion, be as light-handed as you possibly can.

Pay extra attention to heels and sides, as this is where most of the callouses are present. Pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.

When done, rinse your pumice stone in some apple cider and or with a toothbrush and let it dry. So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the most common use for a pumice stone but not the only one as you will see down below.

At-home manicures.

Similar to the pedicure, you can quickly go in with your stone for this home manicure. You can do this either for yourself or your partner {extra bonus points for you}.

You want to fill up a small basin, lay down a towel on your thighs, get your little kit out and go to town.

If you have the time, you can file, cut, and give your nails a new polish afterward.

You are welcome.

I think it’s only fair I let you in on a secret, I barely use my pumice stone for the traditional use. I know I’m a bit of a bad girl. When I started on this journey, like everyone else, I walked the paved road, but I have to tell you it’s kind of nice to realize there are other ways of using a pumice stone.

One of the ways that I learned from a friend was using pumice to distress jeans. With all my stories, I have to set a mood.

Okay, so it’s Saturday night; you’ve gotten well-fitting jeans in the mail. They look kind of cool, but they are missing something.

No, it’s not the fact that women’s jeans lack pockets {thanks a lot Zara}. It’s that they don’t give you that oomph that the thrifted distressed mom jeans do. What you want to do is go in with your stone; be careful not to heavy-handed distress the shit out of it. Afterward, throw them in the wash; we don’t want stone cracking jokes where they shouldn’t.

Before I can leave you to your extensive knowledge on pumice stones, I have a fun little did you know.

Did you know that in ancient China, the doctors would use ground up mica, pumice fossilized bones, and tea and make a concoction used to treat stomach ulcers and other ailments?

It might sound bat shit crazy to drink tea but let’s not judge. It was in ancient times.

I can only hope that with this knowledge, you will go forth and spread the word on the mythical pumice stone as with great experience comes great responsibility,

Yes, I had to end with that cliché.

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Everything A Man Should Know About The Quaking Aspen

Welcome ladies! Oh, and you too men. Alas, you’ve rabbit-holed yourself into another loquacious Lee Lockman tale – clearly a slow day in the ol’ factory of life if we are googling quaking aspen, don’t worry I’m not here to pass judgement. Don’t you dare have pity for yourself, because Uncle Lee is here to edutain the masses. Today’s info-session is on the largest living organism the quaking aspen. 

The quaking aspen goes by many pseudonyms, it’s also known as the trembling aspen, golden aspen, and if you want to get patriotic about it: The American Aspen. 

So, if you’re here to continue that free-fall down that rabbit hole, enjoy a few laughs and fill that beautiful mind of yours with some quakingly good facts (see what I did there), then scroll on down my dear friend, scroll on down. 

It’s a Tree How Sweet Can It Be? 

Pretty – eye-muffs – fucking sweet actually, thanks for asking. Let Lee Lockman here sprinkle some fast facts onto your mind and let them germinate. 

Let’s start off with this, the quaking aspen is a tree first, and a campground second – yeah, I’m talking to you California. Let me reiterate this point to you my darlings, this is an article on a trembling tree. If you are / were looking to stay at the lovely Quaking Aspen campground in the Sequoia National Forest click this. Although, let me save you some finger dips and let you know the campground is closed until May 28th 2021.

Pacific Northwest versus Everywhere Else

While we’re at it let me draw some lines in the proverbial sand. People from the PNW are different from our neighbours to the south. We don’t tan, we rust. Umbrellas = useless, just buy a jacket. Coffee and craft-beer > anything. We’re anti-social extroverts. Lastly, you’ll probably see someone playing a trombone while riding a unicycle, and we won’t flinch twice. 

Sorry folks, sometimes I get lost in an IPA-induced tangent, but I digress…

Fast Facts About The Quaking Aspen Tree

As you know, if you want to impress anyone and everyone you have to throw a little Latin flair, and some “hashtag science”, their way to assert your intellectual dominance. Populus tremuloides is the scientific/Latin name for the quaking aspen; and get this, it’s the most widely distributed tree in North America. Unsurprisingly, it grows best where I, Lee Lockman, reside: The Pacific Northwest (this “fact” is of course based in my completely unbiased opinion…).

Ok, ok, you’re probably saying Lee “enough of the scientific jibber jabber for a second, please. We want to know why it’s actually called a quaking aspen.” Simple. It’s because the slightest breeze will cause the leaves to tremble, or as you probably guessed it, quake. 

In fact, it has been said that the Onondaga Peoples called the quaking aspen “nut-kie-e”, which means “noisy leaf”. How truly apropos! 

Oh, does Uncle Lee have a story for you about this noisy leaf, but first let me sow some more seeds of insight for you.

Pando

Now, as I alluded to earlier the quaking aspen is the largest living organism. Spread across 107 acres of Utah’s Fishlake National Forest is approximately 47,000 genetically identical quaking aspen trees, which are all tethered to a single root system. And, of course if you’re the biggest in something then we as humans will give you a name, and the name we have given this mammoth of an organism is Pando. No, it isn’t derived from giant pandas, but rather Pando is Latin for “I spread”, and oh has it spread for at least 80,000 years. When I informed creepy Greg from accounting about the Latin derivative of Pando, he of course touted some creepy remark about how he Pando’d some “foxy lady” off of “Plenty of Fish” around the office… ugh seriously how can’t we get rid of this walking human resource violation…

Anyways, Pando weighs just shy of the amount of granola we consume here in the Pacific Northwest on a daily basis weighing in at a whopping 13 million pounds. This makes Pando – a quaking aspen – the largest living organism by mass on earth.

Pando became Pando because of the way quaking aspens reproduce – we’ll go a little deeper on this in a bit. While trembling aspens have the ability to reproduce by disseminating seeds more often than not, they send up sprouts from their roots and form what is essentially a clone. Root sprouting is the terminology we’re looking for here, and it is the most common and successful form of the trees reproduction cycle. That’s how over 47,000 trees are identical in their DNA and how Pando became a forest of the same tree. 

Now, close your educated eyes for a moment and picture the quivering and shaking of a forest filled with quaking aspen. The symphony of shivering leaves pulsing through your ear holes, what do you feel? Yeah, me too, these trees are terribly frightened. Just riddled with fear!

Why are Quaking Aspen Trees So Scared?

I am a man of my word, and told you all that I will be enlightening you with a Lee Lockman fable, so gather round and let Uncle Lee bounce you on his knee for storytime.

So, as any good solid man should, I escaped my tiny desk for a day out by the cabin where the stench of man pierces every living creatures’ nostrils. Fall was in full effect, the trees behind my cabin were overlapping with yellows and reds. Each leaf aware of it’s impending death. You know the perfect day to dabble in a little micro-dosing of psilocybin – I mean everyday seems like a good day, but you know what I mean. I chomped down on the fungi, grabbed my growler filled with IPA and headed into the trees.

There wasn’t a breeze, the air fresh, but stagnant. I trudged forward until I found a tree that was good enough to pop a squat by. Its bark was as white as an angel’s garments, shooting up from the ground to what seemed like the heavens, ornamented with electric yellow leaves. Yes, indeed it was a quaking aspen.

Out of nowhere a breeze came and struck me and the surrounding forest. At that exact moment your Unckie Lee realized he maaaay of have ingested a bit more than a micro-dose…

The leaves began to tremble, it was truly a cacophony of fear bellowing from the trees. As a man of the forest, I laid back and listened to the leaves. They had a message for ol’ Lee, “we’re dying… Please save us. Please, Mr. Lockman (trust me I also was taken aback by the decorum they had) can you write an engaging article about how important we are to the ecosystem.”

First pouring a little out for the quaking aspen, I took a swig out of my growler. I softly placed my hand on the tree’s white porcelain bark to console every quaking aspen in unity. I gave them my word to do my best, and spent the rest of the days light in the forest bathing in the symphony of quaking aspens.

At this point you’re probably thinking Lee is losing his mind, he has truly become untethered to reality? The quaking aspen aren’t actually trembling because they’re dying. Well boys and girls actually they sort of are. 

Although, physically/biologically speaking, the quaking from the trees occurs due to their flexible flattened petioles, they are in fact dying at a very accelerated rate.

Quaking Health Problems

There are signs of decline in the trembling aspen populations in the states of Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. The deaths of these terrified aspen are most apparent at lower elevations where drought and the rise of temperatures are killing the older aspen. Trust me, I’m no longer tripping, quaking aspens are in a battle for their lives against the same leading cause of death in humans, heat stroke and heart attacks.  

Now, I don’t want to get too science-y with you, but I’m going to anyway… The reason for the aspen heart attacks is because the hot dry conditions make the taller aspens pull water up from the earth at a stronger rater, which causes bubbles that block the access of water and nutrients to the tree. Ok, maybe that was as science-y as I thought…

Although heart attacks cause the older and taller trees to succumb to death; the younger aspens are not excluded from the clutches of death, however it’s for different reasons. Younger aspens are primarily facing their mortality due the over-browsing by deer, elk and other grazing livestock. The fear here is due to the central root system (remember root sprouting) not properly photosynthesizing younger trees and losing its ability to sustain a forest of clones. 

A healthy quaking aspen ecosystem is critical for the habitat for at least 190 of my woodland friends! 55 species of mammals and 135 species of birds. One study found 95% of 1692 cavity nests were in quaking aspen branches. Making the aspen an extremely vital nesting tree for the birds.

So, now that I’ve upheld my pledge to the trees about informing you about their death and explaining why they’re dying, we can move on to what makes these fear ridden trees peculiar…

Can We Really Trust A Tree Whose Wood Doesn’t Burn?

Lets see what other shady shit this tree is hiding?

Can it be Used For Firewood?

Let’s say no. Yeah, I guess, if you want to get technical about it. And, if you really want to be technical about it! Aspen is technically a hardwood, but it’s such a low-density hardwood that has the possibility of being softer than many softwoods making it not a great wood for fires.

Lets face it, trembling aspen are so encapsulated in their terror tremors that even after they have been uprooted and hacked into bits, they are still afraid of death by fire! Just kidding, but seriously quaking aspen only produces about half the amount of heat a strong; man’s, wood like oak would provide. Making it the type of wood that falls under the category “I guess if it’s cheap or free, and onhand you might as well burn it type of wood.

Other Uses For Aspen

Although, quaking aspen timber isn’t ideal for having a fire, ironically enough, one of the purposes we have for aspen is they get whittled down into matchsticks. Yup, if you are inept at providing a warming fire, we’ll just put you to work as a fire starter.

Amongst, the other purposes we have for quaking aspen are tiny teeth jabbers, aka toothpicks. Oh, and lastly this robot lady on YouTube states that aspen can be used for and I quote “cheap furniture…aspen rarely used for furniture, but sometimes, for cheap furniture that won’t get a lot of wear or abuse” unquote. Seriously? Why would one ever want “cheap furniture” that never gets used? If you found yourself surrounded by this type of furniture I believed this constitutes onhand wood you might as well burn. Honestly, it blows my mind. I’ve viewed this video 1,994 times and still can’t believe my ears. Anyways enough about me back to those trembling aspens.

You must be thinking “Lee there cannot be any more uses for quaking aspen, can there?”  Well, actually not only does the quaking aspen have practical usage like matches, toothpicks, and cheap furniture (shivver), it also embodies medicinal properties. Actually, American aspen have a storied history in respect to herbal use

Medicinal Properties

It was often employed by North American indigenous tribes who used it as an antiseptic for treating wounds, skin issues and respiratory disorders. The bark plays a significant role in modern medicine by containing a quality known as salicylates (obviously I know it’s pronounced suh-li-suh-leits, I doubt that helped you), which is an element of aspirin. Oh, are you connecting some dots right now? Aspen… ASP-irin… eh, get it… ugh…

Hey gentlemen, here’s a public service announcement about this paragraph, it contains the topic of women’s lady parts and blood-flow, so if this stuff makes you feel uncomfortable skip these next few sentences. Ok now that we’ve got the weak-minded men out of this paragraph, ladies I’ll let you in on a little secret, there is evidence that a tea developed from the root bark is used as a treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding, and assists with alleviating those pesky cramps. Honestly, ladies you amaze me, you’re all so strong to be able to get through that, truthfully, I have troubles making it through the mornings after a night of thirty hot wings… so bravo ladies.

Find Yourself Hungry and Alone in Aspen Forest?

Alright boys welcome back, and oh boy we are about to get into man shit. Remember when I talked about how those over browsing deer, elk, and moose are gorging themselves on the supple flavours from the young aspen? Well, guess what? We’re going to bring the fight to them by learning how to fashion a bow from an aspen branch.

You want to start by grabbing a branch about five feet in length and make a notch around the middle of the piece of aspen aka a shooting ledge. I mean you don’t need a ledge, but it helps accuracy and we’re aiming for deer hearts gentlemen, so you want to be as accurate as possible. Once the ledge is complete you want to mark your handle, you basically take your hand and place it over the ledge and mark it down, that way you’ll know where to start your limbs. Now, you’ll want to grab your knife and start shaving away the bark (maybe keep it for some fire starter to cook with later). After the hacking of the bark is complete smooth it out with your knife, or if you; like me, always have sandpaper with you use that. After that just string that bad boy up, and get out there to save some young trembling aspen. If you are one of “those” people that finds yourself in a forest with wifi my boy John Stallone gives a pretty good description on how to make a piece of aspen into a lethal weapon, I just wish he figured out how to balance sound volume…

Ladies and gentlemen, those are some of the uses for trembling aspen.

In Case Nature Hasn’t Made You Enough

So, you’re thinking Lee how do these quaking aspen trees keep Pando-ing across North America. As I’ve done so far to you by germinating seeds of facts into your mind, I want to get into how to actually germinate trembling aspen seeds themselves.

As you would expect with such a trembling tree the seeds are actually super tiny, smaller than Marilyn Monroe’s famous beauty mark, ok there’s lots of things smaller than that, they’re more like the size of a Marilyn Monroe eye crusty… Even though they are tiny the seeds, not MM’s eye booger, grow into seedlings and then into a tree. You’re probably thinking “no shit, Lee just tell us how they germinate already!” Ok, ok, on it. 

Germination of Quaking Aspen

Quaking aspen germinate through a technique called sow under glass. No, this doesn’t mean you’re planting it under a piece of glass to germinate, rather you’re planting them in a moisture filled dome. A legit biodome. The best way to do this is by grabbing a clear plastic garbage bag and two plastic vegetable seed flats, one being for water so the water will seep up. DON’T YOU DARE ADD WATER TO THE SOIL or I will send creepy Greg from accounting to your home…

Step 1

Grab your seed starting mix and fill up each flat. Next grab the dust size quaking aspen seeds and dump them into the flat. You want anywhere between 10-15 seeds into each compartment of the flat. 

Step 2

Lift up the flat with your precious seeded soil mix and dump a good layer of water into the bottom flat. Just leave the seeds on top of the soil because the water will work its way up to find the soil. Grab that plastic bag and place the flat inside. 

Step 3

Move your “artisanal” sow under a glass kit into a sunny room and watch that bad boy collect more moisture than a… you know what I’m going to restrain myself here, and try to keep this PG-13-ish. 

Check on it every couple of days to see if there is enough moisture being collected in your homemade biosphere. If there isn’t; guess what you should do? Yup, add water to the bottom flat. 

This entire germinating process takes about one to two weeks on average. When ready grab those sprouted seeds and move them into a container large enough to get them growing.

Propagation

Let’s make that green thumb even more green by discussing how to propagate a quaking aspen. You can click this long PDF to get more info, or you can strap in and learn the ways from moi – that’s French for “me” for all you uncultured swine people.

The trembling aspen is generally propagated from root cuttings. The best time of year to start hacking away at some roots is early spring after the threat of frost has dethawed. Now, you don’t want to start slicing at any aspen root, you want to ensure the roots you are collecting are vigorously healthy (like me) adult trees.

The roots should be about a half inch to one inch in diameter, and as long my… umm… nevermind. The root should be one foot in length. Make sure the roots don’t dry out like most women around creepy Greg. Wrap them in a damp newspaper, and place them in a plastic bag for transport.

Once, you’ve collected all your moist roots, it is best advised to plant them as soon as possible. Plant the root cuttings in a box with light compost peat mix about 4 inches deep. Then cover those cuttings with around 2 inches of the same peat compost mix.

The root cuttings should start to sucker or develop new shoots after four to six weeks, and if harvested regularly for cuttings, new suckers will continue to sprout out up to 12 weeks. These new shoots can be used to propagate new trees.

Herbaceous cuttings should be taken after the shoot has grown to be around four inches. The cuttings should then be treated by a rooting hormone. Please don’t ingest these rooting hormones you won’t get any taller men.

We then place the cuttings in a 50/50 perlite peat mix ensuring the environment is temperature controlled (75 degrees) and has high humidity. Don’t let them dry out! After several weeks rooting should have taken place, and you can move the new trees outside.

The aspens can then be transplanted into bigger pots where they can develop into larger trees. These trees can be planted the following year or that fall after growth has stopped.

I’ll give you one more method to propagate this deciduous tree because I’m a generous man. A method named hardwood cutting; for unobvious reasons, is another effective way to propagate the quaking aspen. Again you want to use hardwood cuttings that have been taken from a vigorous elder from the previous year’s growth.

Make sure to collect the material in early spring, and trim it to be a foot or so in length, cutting just below and above the bud. Dip the base of the cutting into a hormone rooting powder (ok, you know how I know the rooting hormone doesn’t make you grow taller, I snorted it, yeah, it wasn’t a good time in my life, but I was 14 and really wanted to make the varsity basketball team, so yeah, shame me if you want, but I’m just here giving you pertinent info for you short guys out there, this isn’t a solution).

Plant the cuttings deeply into well drained soil or compost, and again, don’t let it dry out. Seriously, if you left anything dry out at this point after I’ve said not to, then I’m curious how you’ve made it this far in life. These cuttings can actually produce strong new shoots throughout spring and summer and can get to a size to plant out after one growing season.

Hopefully after all this germination and propagation information you just read you will have your own backyard Pando in no time.

Where to Buy Quaking Aspens 

If seeds, and hacking at roots isn’t your thing don’t worry Lee has you covered. You can in fact buy quaking aspen trees in a variety of sizes. Heading down to your local nursery or tree farm, cuts out all the hardship of germinating or propagating.

Now, I’m not going to give you locations specific to where you live, but rather general information along with some pros and cons on acquiring your own trembling tree. If you are interested and having trouble finding a specific location I created this interactive guide that might help some of you. 

What to Look For at a Nursery

It is so important when picking a tree at nursery that you be picky; you can’t be like creepy Greg and just take anything from anyone. Seriously Greg. Gross. Those pictures from your Jersey trip. You need to get checked out. Anyway you want that aspen to mean something to you. As you’ll notice nursery trees are often container grown, or balled in burlap. This is what you should keep your eye out for:

  • Minimal scarring on that white trunk and limbs
  • No dead branches
  • A healthy complexion, don’t buy one under the notion that it’s ugly so it’s cute (I’m looking at you women)
  • No blotches or holes on the leaves
  • A strong central trunk
  • With those burlap balled trees make sure the trunk is loose enough to dig your finger underneath it

Now you know what to look for, I’ll elucidate that mind of yours with some benefits of having a quaking aspen purchased from a nursery.

There’s staff on hand to ask your annoying questions to

Oftentimes a nursery will have experienced staff on hand to help give an idea on how to landscape for such a tree. It’s doubtful they will know as much as me, but hopefully they will be able to explain some key details in choosing the right tree and how to maintain it. They’ll also know how to deal with diseases (No, Greg they won’t be able to help you) that may contend with your quaking aspen.

Healthier trees

Nurseries often offer healthier quaking aspen. A nursery will be more expensive than your big-box retailer, but your tree will probably be healthier, and better-adjusted. Plus, you’ll have those staff members who actually care about their trees versus some 15-year old who could care less what happens in his life let alone a tree.

Lastly, nursery trees are fed A1 grade soil while caring for the tree. The trees often live longer, and look more aesthetically pleasing. Obviously important, right ladies? Furthermore, the nutrients that a nursery provides gets absorbed earlier on making them more resistant to disease. And, since you’re already purchasing a terrified tree you know you have to take all the disease precautions you can.

Landscape With Quaking Aspen 

Alright, a few pointers relating to landscaping with these quaking aspen. The short answer is probably don’t do it. Yeah, like actually don’t bother. Unless you want leaves all over the place clogging up your entire existence I would error on the side of not worth it.

Look I am here to be honest with you, Master of men and personal hero Bob Vila recently wrote on his blog “10 Trees That Spell Trouble for Your Yard” and guess who made that list… the fucking quaking aspen, yup! Sure, they look majestic with creamy bark and yellow foliage, but as we (and by “we” I mean me) have talked about a single tree can spawn into a tiny forest, which would probably piss off your neighbors if you live in the suburbs. Even, if it has the ability to block the wind, it whines and trembles like a coward. Do you really want to own a coward tree? No. So, unless you have a specific reason to plant one just leave trembling aspen in the hands of Mother Nature.

You Made it!

Congrats, you now probably know more about a trembling aspen more than anyone from Ohio and most of your friends. Even though; let’s be honest, it’s probably a real small group of friends considering you just read over 4000 words about a timid tree, but way to go! I’m glad I could facilitate imbuing that mind of yours.

Hopefully you go and enjoy some moments in the PNW with those quaking aspen, because even though they’re terrible to own on your property, and you can’t really make a warm fire with them, and they make terrible furniture, and they clog your gutters with leaves, they are a stunning tree to experience in nature. They emit the fragrance of fall, and truly create a symphony of leaves that propels you out of your body (no, I’m not micro-dosing) … so again get out there and make some time for these quirky quaking trees.

 Again, thank you for attention and your time!

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How to make a Bow

How to Make a Burlap Bow

The best way to make a burlap bow is to either to make it from its own fabric, or to import one from a piece of burlap that you have already. For those just starting, a wool burlap sack is a great first project. It will save you the expense of purchasing a finished piece and of learning how to weave a garment out of one. It will also give you an idea of the project that will come next. My preferred burlap sack comes in a 30-pound plastic bag and costs just $1.60.

Wool Burlap Sacks

Wool burlap sacks can range from rather large to very small. Many of the larger pieces are 3 to 5 feet in diameter and are put together with a burlap seam, similar to a buttonhole. One piece of burlap is sewn together in a manner similar to the two underpinnings of a boat or chair. There are also handkerchief-like pieces used to make various patterns. These pieces are quite economical, because you can select a size, cut it, sew it, and then fix the sewn seams to make an even piece. The smaller sizes are both fairly economical and very easy to make. If you don’t have any experience making that type of shawl, it should be a pretty easy first project. The above pictures show the 5 foot diameter stock shown above, and the 27 square foot bag shown below. For larger quantities, I suggest purchasing some wool-covered cotton burlap for use in your next project. Cotton burlap is also quite cheap and should be used if available. I actually cut a smaller bag into 1/2-inch squares to give myself an idea of how much such a bag would cost for larger quantities of burlap. You can find a large bag at most yard sales for less than $2.00. It’s a good idea to let your purchase sit for a while, so it can air-dry or cure.

To make a wrap burlap bag, place all of your squares in the middle and pull them right sides together.

At each corner fold back the top edges and start to round the corner.

How to Make A Bow Out Of Ribbon

The best way to make a bow out of ribbon with out using a bow tie or fabric scissors is to use yarn.

I find that the best way to get ribbons to unravel is by twisting yarn or using a crochet hook and a yarn needle. This is because when you use a string, the string can get tangled.

After twisting or pulling on yarn, the ribbon will begin to break away from the main bundle.

Step 1:

Start with a ribbon of your choice. When the ribbon is secure, cut or shape it into a cone, rectangle or square of your desired width.

Step 2:

Assemble the ribbon on top of the standing piece and tie the ribbon into a knot.

Step 3:

Sew the top and bottom edges of the bow into the standing piece. Assembling the bow together takes a little practice. I have a process for creating bow and weaving all of the pieces together.

How To Make A Christmas Bow

The best way to make a christmas bow is to tie a string around your kid’s back. This will take your family out of just talking about Christmas and get into playing. “I can’t wait to use my bow tie and they’ll love it. Love you Mom”

Another way is to mix a basket cloth, a little velcro, and baby yarn into a bow bow that you make from the beginning. They can stick it on their back when they are with their Dad. “I made my best friend a christmas bow”

Another way is to put the whole wrap that you’ll need around your kid’s back like a gift bag. Tie knots or pins on it. Remember to use rubber bands on the Velcro so that it doesn’t get pulled off. This makes it much harder to remove when you are done and leaves a pretty handmade gift in the end. “I got my children a gift bag wrapped with a christmas bow”

The last option is to bring on christmas and have a christmas bow on a necklace. This way there will be one more gift bag you will need to carry around and they will all be linked to it. You will never get rid of this gift, no matter what. “I got my son a Christmas necklace with a christmas bow on it”

You can find all kinds of Christmas bows here: RubberBadger.com

It will be SO good to see you all on my website! Happy Holidays!

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Crescent Wrench

What is A Crescent Wrench?

A Crescent wrench is a small handle wrench with a long shaft. An end cap that can be used as a pry bar is attached to the end of the shaft. When unscrewed, it allows you to quickly pry up or open a sealed nut or bolts.

Crescent wrench Tips

Wide-routed sockets tend to be used more often than narrow-routed ones, and if you’re not using the Crescent wrench for your particular hole, the wider socket will fit more comfortably. This can cause problems if you use the Crescent wrench for something that is narrow-routed like a pinch bolt, tube nut, or barrel nut.

Other tips: tighten the wrench a good bit, and keep the small parts of the tube tube, tube nut, or barrel nut behind the end cap.

What does a crescent wrench look like

A crescent wrench, or screwdriver, has a thin, often tapered, edge that resembles a crescent moon. It is typically a steel type with a small cross-shaped cap.

photo: how to make a crescent wrench from a crescent wrench

LOOKING FOR A COVERSCALE?

WHY NOT THE VERTICAL?

How do you get your crescent wrench from the center to the edge?

use a hammer

How do you get your crescent wrench from the center to the edge?use a hammer tap your area with a flathead screwdriver . This type of hammer is easier to get in tight spaces.

There are many advantages to the cordless hammer. It’s more convenient to carry around and less cumbersome than an ergonomic pocket hammer. It also won’t bump into your person on the way to work.

use a table saw

A flathead screwdriver can’t dig into material like a table saw.

very short and narrow

a longer type of screwdriver won’t work in tight spaces

Use a pencil to track down the perfect size crescent wrench to fit. Use a longer or smaller wrench if you want a more compact model.

here is a suggested blade to use for steel crescent wrenches

Remember to always have one or two extra sets of pliers on hand. You’ll need them for everything from box pulls to tightening nuts.

Who invented the crescent wrench

Philip Dickens (1758–1837), the young immigrant from Jamaica who turned his blue-tick into a legendary wrench for sewing, is supposed to have had an affinity for making messes. Among those created in the wee hours of the morning and buried in the back yard, Dickens later wrote, “were webs of yarn and fagots of all sorts of sodden and rusty clotted things, which formed a thing of a scandalous and obscene sort, the fruit of that ignorance and miserable passion to raise a fuss.” It was a mostly powerless and insignificant gish gag.

Despite this self-inflicted disgrace, Dickens fell out of favor with his father’s sewing workers and was unlikely to be employable elsewhere. That he was to reinvent himself as a prominent inventor is also somewhat improbable, given that he was almost always known as an annoying, argumentative jerk. He and his brother Nicholas were mean-spirited and bored with the life of a gentleman. They seemed genuinely delighted when Mr. and Mrs. James wrote them from London inquiring how it would be possible to enter the trickery of making a crescent wrench as a girl. They promised them, “anything and you will be welcome, whether you make it in the labours of your house, or at Nucley in the smocks of some Tory tradesman.” Of their brothers and sisters, their mother said, “They were never to know what was pleasant for the others.”

The three boys liked the thought of opportunity and the prospect of a nasty surprise. They invented the clumsy toy as a means of making prank calls, which they applied to both adults and children. They also invented the Squirrel, a “goose-and-ghast sort of a thing” that is what the others would call a crescent wrench.

From about 1790, Peter in England and Calvin in America would study and obsess about strange and incredible inventions made by Dickens’s favorite brothers. 

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Circle Beard

Want to enhance your beard at home? For this tip, I turn to men’s grooming retailer Ashley and Brown, who create classic, high-quality makeup products with the care and expertise of a local-but-flourishing small business. For all the same reasons, Ashley and Brown has no problem adding beard styling, as it is an entirely natural hair style that you don’t see every day.

To give you an idea of what beard styles are offered, we turned to their Customer Care Director, Jason Belding. As he explains in his words, “Beards are like kids in that they need to grow and the only way to do that is to allow it to. That’s why we have a wide variety of styles from basic shaves to full-on grower.”

Beard styling is offered in a variety of styles, so why not try them all. And for some additional tips, including how to keep your beard looking well-groomed and even growing better, check out the original post.

What is a circle beard?

A circle beard is that flat part of the beard closest to the hairline, which is generally a little longer than the remaining part of the beard (and the back of your head). Often the beard portion itself is rounded, but there are exceptions to this rule.

In the Hollywood world, a circle beard is often used to refer to actors with long bushy sideburns.

Can a circle beard occur at different ages?

A square beard is produced by a triangle development (where the angle between the hair line and the back of the head increases between ages 4 and 6), whereas a triangle beard is one where the angle increases between ages 2 and 5. The hairline generally declines as a circle beard progresses, but your friends and family might be surprised to hear that the age of the beard does not typically decrease as the beard grows.

Why do I have a circle beard?

Circle beards are a natural development and are very similar to square beards. The hair on the sides of your face tends to flow in towards the top of your face. This will naturally create a rounder beard.

Circle beards are often the result of prolonged neglect or neglect from a baby-sitter. When a baby’s hairline is below the fringe of the forehead, they can take a lot longer to develop a beard. A much more subtle explanation is that some people choose to shave their faces with a circular incision at the side, resulting in a smaller area for the growth to occur.

Here is some advice on how to grow a circle beard:

If you are a male and have less than a year of experience growing your beard then I would suggest that you grow a minimal amount of facial hair. The reason is that you need to find the best combination of you own ‘manliness’ with your facial hair regimen. Most men with facial hair growth have a ‘neck beard’. Neck beards are great to grow if you’re a musician, even though they won’t give you the power to punch holes in walls. Neck beards look great and they make men very uncomfortable when they come up to you and say, ‘look how much hair I have!’

We all know that the neck beard is a vanity article, one that gives off a feeling of power and masculinity that most of us adults don’t possess. The lack of ‘line of sight’ makes people think that our hair is pretty, even though no-one has the slightest clue what is hiding under our neck beards. That’s why you should not let the neck beard define who you are.

how to trim a circle beard

So you want to know how to trim a circle beard… well.

there is no silver bullet, just some recommendations to ensure good, smooth groomed beard.

– good facial hair. cut away all hair on the sides and back of the beard as it is cutting away from the face.

– keep beard neat and tight.

– for long or deep faces, let beard grow in and out with moving lips. this makes both the beard and face smooth and smooth.

– ftw! that is just a few recommendations. enjoy it.

please take this into account when you decide to grow a beard!

people call us bearded face lovers… but sometimes people just shave their face. hopefully this will help you enjoy your beard like never before!

And I want to tell you this – a world of difference, if you love your beard. If you love yourself,

If you love your beard,

This beard trimmer is for you!

Never feels like there’s a left hand,

Or right hand that the beard trimmer does.

The beard trimmer truly gives you the power,

To grow and change and bloom your beard to fit your needs.

how long does it take to grow a circle beard

Are there any best or most natural ways to grow a beard?

The average life span of a beard is 15 years, or until you get an ugly one, then 20. That’s according to Dr. Mark Pimentel, a cosmetic dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. This means if you go bald, it could take you 2 years longer to grow a beard again than it would to grow a normal one.

So, how long does it take to grow a beard? It’s a tough question, because not all individuals grow up to look like a Jack White or a Colton Haynes. Like with any styling, it starts with removing the old stuff first.

“You need to check your hair regimen. If you have a very thin layer of hairs, or if your routine is too aggressive, you need to make sure you take care of that,” Pimentel said. “Regular maintenance can help.”

The biggest thing to keep in mind is the weather, he said. Beards are best grown in summer months, when the dry heat of the desert becomes your friendly neighbors, and the temperatures don’t dip below 80