As a beer lover, Bailey’s Taproom is another watering hole I never miss when I’m in Portland. This mecca to local Pacific Northwest brewing has 20 rotating taps of mostly local seasonals and a few guest beers. This flight consisted of…

- Lompoc’s “Black & Blue” Fruit Beer with black tea and blueberry puree (Bend, OR)

- Grain Station’s “Nut Red” Red Ale (McMinnville, OR)

- Occidental’s “Festbier” Oktoberfest Marzen Lager (Portland, OR)

- Red Tank’s “Sour Cherry” Hard Cider with Bing cherries (Bend, OR)

- Widmer’s “Gruit to It” Gruit Ale (Portland, OR)

Bailey’s brings the best of all the local brewries together under one roof!


213 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97205


How amazing is this weather! Let’s get out of the city for a day and hit up some twisty roads and maybe jump in a mountainous watering hole! This Saturday meet us at the quick trip off Sidney Marcus at 8:15am kickstands up at 9am as we head north for the day. More info coming in the next few days. Let’s get some fresh air #adventure #mototrip #explore #intothewild #northga


Underwater Secrets of the Ancient Maya

Ancient Maya believed that the rain god Chaak resided in caves and natural wells called cenotes. Maya farmers today in Mexico’s parched Yucatán still appeal to Chaak for the gift of rain, Meanwhile cenotes are giving archaeologists new insights into the sacred landscapes of the ancestral Maya.

In ancient times, the natural well, or cenote, acted as a sacred sundial and timekeeper for the ancient Maya on the two days of the year, May 23 and July 19, when the sun reaches its zenith. At that moment it is vertically overhead, and no shadow is cast. The fact that the cenote is directly northwest of the main staircase of El Castillo, the famous central pyramid of Chichén Itzá, is not coincidental. The ancient Maya came here during times of drought to deliver offerings and to give thanks for a plentiful harvest. The Maya people have a strong relation to their gods, their sacred city and their extraordinarily accurate calendar.


Hamilton Pool

Just 23 miles west of Austin, Texas is a breathtaking natural oasis emerging out of the desert dust and scrub grass. More than a century ago, the natural dome that once concealed the entire grotto underground collapsed and created what is now called Hamilton Pool.

Hamilton Pool is a natural spring formed in the limestone bedrock and fed by an underground river, which also feeds the small tributaries and lush flora surrounding the pool. The abundant freshwater has allowed a diverse population of trees and vegetation to emerge surrounding the pool, forming a beautiful protected nature preserve.

November 28, 2011

"The Watering Hole" by Gary Orona

Success rarely happens without tremendous tenacity. Sometimes when people say, “gosh you’re so talented” after watching a film or seeing a photograph I’ve done, it feels a little like an insult. It’s flattering of course and more often than not it’s stated as a well intended compliment but sometimes it feels like a kind of copout as if they’re saying, “well some people are just ‘born’ with it”, as if producing good works just comes naturally with no effort. It steals the blood, sweat and tears and years of work to figure this whole art photography thing out. Okay maybe there’s some talent involved… like 1% talent, 99% sheer willpower!

This photo is an excellent example of the sheer willpower I’m talking about. I probably drove out to this rugged spot in the Rover more than ten times hoping to find just the right conditions. Most people probably would have given up after 5 or 6 attempts, but I saw this thing in my head and just kept trying. 

Talent didn’t allow me this work, sheer tenacity did. I erected this work in my imagination and it just wouldn’t go away! Okay, call that talent if you want but I call it some kind of psychosomatic disorder!

Good Thoughts,

Gary Orona