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Choosing a name for your website is hard. After you think of six good names, you will have to think up at least six more to find one that is not taken. I finally decided on fishingandhiking.com because it is simple and to the point. So who am I?
My name is Grant Richie and to put it simply, I enjoy nothing more than hiking or floating in somewhere and doing some flyfishing. I live in northeast Oregon and it alone can provide a lifetime in exploration and flyfishing adventures. No matter where you are from, I hope this site inspires you to go out and explore your own neck of the woods. There are probably many adventures waiting for you within an hour or two of where you live you just need to get out a map and start looking.
Most of my trips are two to three day weekend adventures within a few hours drive time from my house. The hike in or out may take more time than the drive to the trailhead. Sometimes my wife Lottie joins me for the weekend. We are raising three boys Kolby 12, Brenden 11, and Mason 11 that love to get out and explore as well and when it is our weekend to have them at home I try to take them on an adventure that fits their age and abilities.We also have three dogs that often join us: Molly the white Border Collie, Loca the mostly reformed Jack Russell, and Motive the puppy Jack Russel (Mo for short unless I am yelling at Loca and Mo after they have given chase to some animal, then I call Loca-Motive which was the whole point behind naming him Motive).
Beginning in 2011 Lottie and I purchased the Minam Raft Rentals, Minam Store, and Minam Shuttle Service business. Minam is not only the primary put-in for rafters heading into the 39 mile roadless stretch between Minam and Troy, but is at the center of great outdoor opportunities both easy and challenging from easy day trips on the Wallowa with exceptional rainbow fishing to more arduous hikes into the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Umatilla Wilderness, and other great roadless places like the South Fork of the Walla Walla and Joseph Creek.
In March of 2013 we purchased the Minam Motel letting our lease go across the river from the Oregon State Parks and moving the Minam Store, raft rental, shuttle service, and guide business across the river. Buying the Minam Motel has been one of our best moves. We can now plan long term for our family and business at Minam. Stop by and visit next time you are in our neck of the woods. Feel free to check out the website for our business at Minam.
Grant beside the only trail sign he has seen on Joseph Creek
Lottie and the Boys at Rondowa.
The boys before their first trip into the Wenaha.