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Sahalie slack lineMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Ex-treme-sport enthusiasts from Canada were walking an inch-wide band of nylon across the 90-foot high Sahalie Falls last Monday afternoon.
Michael Neururer and the other members of the group, SlackLifeBc, crossed the high span during a tour of Oregon highline locations, including Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon.
“It was a group of ten people from all over,” Neururer said. “The slacklifeBC crew, Ari in the air from Oregon, one from Hawaii, a few from Colorado and even Europeans.”
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia,  the  SlackLife  organization follows a team of mountain athletes as “they push the limits exploring mountains and the sport of slacklining,” according to the group’s website, which features images and videos of their exploits.
Neururer said the group arrived at the waterfall around lunch time. “With all the hands the line was set up within 45 minutes and ready to be walked. Seven out of the ten all walked the line and did various acrobatic tricks on them such as splits, planks, exposure turns etc.,” he said.

Off Beat Oregon History

Japanese shipBy Finn J.D. John

On November 3, 1832, the 50-foot Japanese cargo vessel Hojun Maru left Ise Bay bound for Edo — the city now known as Tokyo. Its hold was full of rice and porcelain dishes from the south end of the Japanese archipelago, to be traded for salt fish from the north.
One of the youngest members of the Hojun Maru’s 14-man crew was a 14-year-old boy named Otokichi, a cook’s apprentice Otokichi and his shipmates couldn’t know it, but when they stepped aboard at Ise Bay, they were leaving their homeland forever.


Doodles By Barry McWilliams


Gardening Tips

Purple grapeBy Judy Scott
If you're looking for a colorful climbing vine and a non-invasive ground cover, Purpurea (Vitis vinifera), a purple-leaf relative of wine grapes, has both. Unlike its agricultural relatives, its fruit has an unpleasant taste.
"Purple leaf grape is a real show-off in the fall, when its leaves turn a deep reddish purple," said Linda McMahan, horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension.


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