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Mike Dickenson

Mike Dickenson

Mike started writing in elementary school and never looked back, though is still not a big fan of cursive. He got his first big break when he was picked up by the Elko Daily Free Press as a freelance writer during his two year-long hitchhiking stint from Nevada to Argentina. He currently lives in Ashland.

Are you tired of legally growing marijuana for personal use only to find yourself as the black sheep of the neighborhood? Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in Southern Oregon enjoys marijuana. Shocking, right? This realization can undoubtedly harsh a good mellow. Luckily, with a few simple steps, one can

The Klamath Siskiyous is one of the most biologically diverse bioregions in the country; an estimated 3,500 vascular plant species can be found in this region, 280 of which are endemic. While it should be easy enough to find incredible displays of wildflowers most anywhere in the Rogue Valley, there

It can be difficult to explain to friends and family just how awesome your Rogue Valley adventures are without visual proof. Luckily, with the advent of the GoPro, now your daily activities (no matter how radical) can make everyone feel like they’re actually there. With a little creativity and the

Picnics combine two of the greatest things life has to offer: food and the great outdoors. With a little creativity, a person can fashion their own five-star restaurant anywhere they want. The ingredients may vary as much as the weather, but with the right place to picnic, it won’t matter

  Unlike skiing or ice skating, with snowshoeing there really is no need to practice. A good pair of waterproof boots, snow pants, and a hard-shell jacket will keep you warm, comfortable, and dry. For people interested in getting into the back-country, it’s important to have the right shoes. Back-country

The cold weather brings with it a whole host of outdoor activities. Luckily, you don’t have to have a four-wheel drive vehicle and a pair of skis to get out and have fun. Ice skating still remains one of the simplest and enjoyable pastimes during the winter months.   RRRink

Believe it or not, there was once a time when people went to actual stores for their Christmas shopping. It was a time when Amazon was just a twinkle in the internet’s eye. Fortunately, we can follow in the footsteps of our elders who are still seen frequenting holiday bazaars.

The time has come to place over-sized trees inside our homes. Luckily, the Rogue Valley has plenty of places to pick out your family’s next ornament hanger. Big ones, small ones, green ones, even blue ones. Beat the crowds to ensure that your tree is not the scraggly one at

Good holidays require good planning, and if you’re planning on finishing all the holiday leftovers, then it would be wise to open up your schedule for a workout or two. The Rogue Valley offers plenty of places (new and old) for the health-minded turkey-tofurky lover to help manage those inevitable