Re: Looking for some good spots near Clackamas or Sandy Rivers
Just did a 'Dah Fred' when I saw the update link in my e-mail. One of the best ways, and from your office chair, to learn a river is Google Earth. Many of the Oregon maps were updated in 2011 so they are very current. Hell, I can see my Jeep in the driveway, and that's current!
Install the latest addition so you can do the 'fly by' mode as you move up/down a river. Roads, parking areas, etc., are obvious. With Google Earth on screen just follow along with a good County road map and mark it up with a pen (Note each with a number/letter and note (pad) approximate distances from point 'A' to 'B' to 'C,' etc. GMaps has a changing scale on the bottom of the map so this is actually pretty easy to do.
Now its time to hit the road with the map and note pad. You get to 'A' make notes AND TAKE PICTURES!! Trust me, you won't remember a darned thing 20 minutes past the place.
Yes, you can easily kill the better part of a day doing this, but when done you have your notes and photo's to refer back. A GPS can be damned helpful too! Just click the 'where am I,' log it in as Sandy A, what ever and you'll be dead on coming back at a later date.
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