The Missing Canoes in Travel Oregon

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 3.31.16 PMSometimes I am privileged to write a story with all of my favorite elements – a powerful topic, a personal connection, an inspiring story, an amazing person. Oh yes, and Oregon.

I loved working on this story for Travel Oregon about Shirod Younker and his quest to discover the tribal canoes of his ancestors. Even better that we were high school classmates and the story begins in our hometown.

The Case of the Missing Canoes  in Travel Oregon.




Skate Mom in Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition


Very excited to have an essay in this month’s inflight magazine, Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition. Learning to skateboard with my girls was fun in the doing and a blast in the writing. What will I write about when they grow up?

Here’s the essay.Horizon Skate



Oregon’s Blue Mountains Event

IMG_5342Hey Oregon travel junkies – I’m going to be talking about traveling Oregon’s Blue Mountains at the Deschutes Library this week.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Bend branch and noon on Thursday at the La Pine branch, I’ll be reading travel stories and showing photos of some cool places in Eastern Oregon.

This photo is of my girls at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, overlooking the Elkhorn Mountains and Powder River Valley, taken a few years ago. Come on down and hear about this beautiful region of Oregon.

See you there!

Day Trips From Portland at University of Oregon

Isocialmedia_book_kcooper_graphic_sm (002) will be talking about Oregon travel and “Day Trips from Portland, Oregon getaway ideas for the local traveler” at the university of Oregon Flagship book store this Sunday December 6th at 2 pm. Come and see me and buy books for your friends and family, for Christmas.


*This post was written by Maris Findling, age 8 (:(:(:


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Chance of Sun goes to Book Club

IIMG_5214 had an absolute blast talking about my book Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir with these lovely ladies for their book club in Bend this week.

I thank them for choosing my book and inviting me to discuss it with them. The day reminded me how much I love writing my own stories, talking about vulnerability, celebrating Oregon and seeing all over again how strong and resilient we really are.

I love my travel writing and magazine editing work, but those are very different tasks than diving into a meaty personal narrative. Discussing Sun and life and challenge and satisfaction with these awesome women made me yearn to dig into another batch of Oregon stories, and soon. Their enthusiasm and appreciation and wisdom was gratifying and motivating.

How beautiful and powerful to be reminded that when you overcome fear and open yourself up, you are met with love.

Chance of Sun is available at nestucca spit and at various bookstores around Oregon. Or you can email me and I’ll hook you up. The back cover tag line on Chance of Sun is Sex, Drugs and Camping. I promise that and a whole lot more. 🙂



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