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VENETA, Ore.— In an ordinary year, I would’ve spent the past two weeks gearing up for the start of the school year. I would’ve been cleaning my classroom after neglecting it for a summer of travel, fishing and assorted frivolity. I would’ve begun lining out curriculum and securing dual credi…

Our timing was perfect. Just as we worked our way up a steep, tree blanketed route up, an opening suddenly revealed rocky, reach-for-the sky crags on the flanks of the towering prominence. Then, within seconds, large birds swooped overhead, gliding and soaring in the thermals.

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“Ok, gear it down to low, give it plenty of gas and lean forward standing up when you reach the top of the bank,” my friend John Paulson calmly yelled out, when he saw my predicament in the stream. I was trying to make my fifth crossing of Kiger Creek on a all-terrain vehicle when I spun out…