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First Stop: The Columbia Gorge

Posted by Alison Wu | March 27th, 2014 | Filed under Photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been following Travel Oregon‘s guest Instagrammers on their adventures through the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Follow along as we recount the highlights from their travels and offer up some of our advice on where to go and what to do.

Seattle Dredge wearing the women’s Poncho Via and Pantalones at Wahclella Falls. Photo by Tally Gunstone @tullitha

First, we head to the Columbia Gorge with Seattle Dredge (@seattlestravels) and her local guide, Tally Gunstone (@tullitha). Twenty six-year-old Seattle, a full-time travel blogger, calls Toronto, Canada home when she’s not snapping photos around the world. Seattle spent 5-days exploring the Columbia Gorge, hiking through lush forest in our Poncho Via and Pantalones to countless waterfalls and taking time to relax and enjoy a beer or two along the way. Check out all Seattle’s photos, here, and watch Travel Oregon’s Columbia Gorge video, here.

Springtime in the Gorge. Photo by Seattle Dredge.

At Nau, we love spending our weekends exploring different corners of Oregon. Whether it’s surfing at Short Sands or climbing at Smith Rock, we are always plotting our next adventure. Here are some of our favorite things to do, see and taste around the Columbia River Gorge…

Eagle Creek Trail. Photo by Alison Wu.

Eagle Creek Trail. Photo by Alison Wu.

Best hike with the family: Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls

Best hike with a view: Dog Mountain

Best waterfall hike: Oneonta Gorge

Most overcrowded, touristy locale, but rightfully so: Multnomah Falls

For a drive through the country with sweet rewards: Hood River Fruit Loop

Iconic Multnomah Falls. Photo by Alison Wu.

Best place to grab a beer: Double Mountain Brewery - Try the IRA.

Best locally sourced meal: Celilo Restaurant 

Best place to grab a picnic lunch: Boda’s Kitchen

Best off-the-beaten-path place to grab a bite: Tad’s Chicken n’ Dumplings - It’s where the locals go.

Best spot for a summer treat: Mike’s Ice Cream

 

The 7 Wonders of Oregon

Posted by Alison Wu | March 10th, 2014 | Filed under Travel, Who We Are

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There is no denying our love for Oregon.  We agree with our friends over at Travel Oregon: whoever named the 7 Wonders of the World must not have stepped foot in our home state. From the top of Mt. Hood, along the Coast, down the Columbia River Gorge, through the Painted Hills, up Smith Rock, across the Wallowas and around Crater Lake, The 7 Wonders of Oregon capture the magnificent diversity of this state’s landscape.

Here at Nau, we are especially inspired by this Oregon landscape this season. With notes of the desert scattered throughout our spring line, we head to Smith Rock and the surrounding area to be captivated by the high desert terrain. Smith Rock not only boasts some of the best climbing in the world but also amazing hiking with sweeping views throughout the dusty sage-lined trails–not to mention that Central Oregon offers visitors 300 days of sunshine per year. Stop through Bend on your way out for a delicious local beer brewed at one of the many craft breweries.

We cannot mention the desert in Oregon without tipping our hats to the Alvord. Although it wasn’t included on Travel Oregon’s list, the Alvord Desert is certainly one of the state’s more remarkable landscapes. East of Steens Mountain, the playa stretches 11 miles long and 6 miles wide – the perfect retreat for camping and quiet contemplation. For ultimate relaxation, be sure to check out the Alvord Hot Springs nearby.

The Escape Collective: Exploring the Other Side of Ordinary

Posted by leighann | January 15th, 2014 | Filed under Art, Design, Travel

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Four friends. Four days. No limits. What would you create? That’s what a group of friends had in mind when they set out to build a Geodesic dome. Two months later, their passion-fueled venture landed them a coveted spot at Summit, a Davos-meets-Ted conference for young thought leaders. Self-named the Escape Collective, this fledging group of makers, creators and designers are our third portrait in the Uncommoners—our blog series dedicated to exploring the other side of ordinary.

But this isn’t a story about how to build a 30-foot, low-frequency geodesic dome or how to sew a massive waterproof cover composed of 256 panels of unused material from Nike golf bags (yes, that did happen). This isn’t even a story about the Escape Collective and the other 800-or-so entrepreneurs, artists and leaders they joined at Summit’s newly acquired Powder Mountain Resort last July. No. This is a story about freedom, creativity, and the ideas born out of unencumbered space and time. Because as Einstein once said, “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” And in a world punctuated by deadlines and deliverables, no one embraces this lost maxim more than The Escape Collective.

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The Cultivators: Farming with a Social Purpose

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photo by Giles Clement

In our next installment of The Uncommoners: Exploring the Other Side of Ordinary, Lindsey heads to Long Beach, Washington to get her hands dirty and learn what it means to farm with a Social Purpose.

When I accepted an invitation from Starvation Alley Farms to join their cranberry harvest last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Perhaps, an idyllic Ocean Spray commercial or another episode of Dirty Jobs. (Yes. Mike Rowe visited a cranberry farm.). But what I found was hard work, laughter, great cocktails and a deep sense of community with people who were passionate about food, family and local farming.

After a few cranberry cocktails, I sat down with farmers, Jessika Tantisook and Jared Oakes, to learn how this small family-run experiment expanded into a corporation with a unique uncommon product and an even more uncommon purpose.

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Nau Waypoints – Ohiopyle Falls

Posted by Alison Wu | October 17th, 2013 | Filed under Partnerships, Photography, Travel

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  PROJECT: Waypoints – Scenic Overlooks LOCATION: Ohiopyle State Park, PA SUBJECT: Ohiopyle Falls

Here are a few more scenic overlooks to add to our why-haven’t-we-been-here list. Thanks to our fall partnership with Yonder Journal, we have peeked over the edge of some of the most awe-inspiring and hidden overlooks in the US. This week they take us to Ohiopyle Falls (and a few stops along the way). To follow this journey and those to come, join us on Instagram (@nauclothing) as we share photos coupled with historical and geographical notes from the field.

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Yonder Journal + Nau: Waypoints Project

Posted by Alison Wu | September 11th, 2013 | Filed under Partnerships, Photography, Travel

We’re going on a two-month adventure with Yonder Journal. It’s a journey that will take us back in time and across the country to peek over the edge of some of the most iconic and hidden overlooks, also known as “Waypoints”. Join us in the Thought Kitchen each week for in-depth briefs, and follow us on Instagram (@nauclothing) daily as we share photos coupled with historical and geographical notes from the field.

LOCATION: Mather Point Scenic Overlook – Grand Canyon

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Field Notes: Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. The forested rim is high enough to receive winter snowfall while along the Colorado River path of the inner gorge temperatures are similar to those found in Tucson and other low-elevation Arizona desert locations. Conditions in the Grand Canyon region are generally dry with substantial precipitation occurring twice annually. These follow seasonal pattern shifts in winter (when Pacific storms usually deliver widespread, moderate rain and high-elevation snow to the region from the west) and in late summer (due to North American monsoons), which deliver waves of moisture from the southeast causing dramatic localized thunderstorms fueled by high daytime temperatures. Average annual precipitation on the South Rim is less than 16 inches (35 cm) with an average of 60 inches (132 cm) of snow.

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Mixed Tape: Songs for the Road

Posted by Lindsey | July 1st, 2013 | Filed under Music, Travel, Who We Are

We’re from Portland, so when summertime comes around, we take full advantage of the outdoors—backyard bbq’s, music festivals, unexpected adventures. To keep it moving, we like to pair our favorite outdoor escapades with the right tunes to match.

Here’s a little piece of Nau to take with you, wherever the sunshine may bring you. And whatever your mood, there’s a little something for you. A summertime mix curated by us, just for you. Check out the youtube videos below or link to our continuous playlist on spotify. Enjoy.

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Why We Travel: Offline on the Umpqua

Posted by Josie | June 27th, 2013 | Filed under Bikes, Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Travel, Who We Are

This summer, in the Thought Kitchen, we explore why we love to travel. First up in our series—Josie Norris—our beloved producer and wild queen of single track, goes offline on the Umpqua. 

En route to Ashland from central Oregon two weeks ago, I accidentally found my new favorite wild place in Oregon. The Umpqua River sucked me in and I never made it to Ashland.

On day one, I spent hours on the North Umpqua River Trail (79 miles of beautifully maintained single-track) and didn’t see a single person. In the absence of cell reception, I left a note on my car the second day that said “if you’re reading this note after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday June 15th please send help…..”.

Thank you Verizon and thank you Oregon, for reminding me what it means to be truly disconnected.

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#mybiketakesme – Tell us, we want to know.

Posted by Lindsey | May 14th, 2013 | Filed under Bikes, Partners for Change, Travel

In recognition of National Bike Month and all the awe-inspiring and secret places our bikes take us, we’ve teamed up with our Partner for Change, People for Bikes, to find out what inspires you to get out and ride. Here’s a peek into where we like to go.

Share where your bike takes you on Instagram for the chance to win the ultimate commuter kit— a Tern Joe C21 foldable cruiser and $250 of Nau apparel. To enter, hit the road and tag your Instagram photos—from urban landscapes to alpine vistas – with #MyBikeTakesMe. Don’t forget to include @NauClothing and @PFBcrews so we can check out where you go.

The contest ends May 29. Winner will be announced May 31st. Winner must choose product by June 30th. Full rules here.

Caleb Bushner (Nau Facebook Fan): #MyBikeTakesMe to Bernal Heights Park at sunset.

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Nau Takes NYC By Bike

Photo: Lavish Livez Instagram

To commemorate bike month, we took a small group of friends on a curated bike tour from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Each stop along the way brought to life our unique perspective on sustainability, craftsmanship and the modern, mobile lifestyle. Here’s a quick glimpse into our pedal-perfect day.

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We started at HUB in the West Village where we were each fit with our custom Dutch-inspired Brooklyn Cruisers. While the week’s sunny weather had taken a turn, it only added to the spirit of the tour. Most of us simply put on an extra layer with a Dose Jacket or Motil Trench, and we were on our way.

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