Thursday, August 28, 2014

Columbia Gorge Wine Weekend

Labor Day weekend the Columbia Gorge Wineries in Washington and Oregon will have Open Houses for fun activities, special releases, great discounts and wine tastings. More than 30 Columbia Gorge Wineries will be participating so plan your route ahead of time for the best Labor Day weekend excursion. Read what Mt Hood Winery has planned below.
Open 11am-5pm
Annual end of summer wine sale
Savor the long holiday weekend with a visit to Mt. Hood Winery. Sample current wine selections, including the new 2013 Estate Riesling.
Featured local artist is Elizabeth See.  Bring a picnic to enjoy on our scenic patio.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Windsurfing on the Columbia River Gorge

The video above is of Dale Cook at the Hatchery on the Columbia River Gorge. He is performing a windsurfing wave jump followed by a bailout. Choppy water, 45 mph winds and plenty of room for everyone is a recipe for summer fun. Read more about this jump below.
The swell allowed for wave sailing tricks, but Dale Cook was more into windsurfing jumps. And it happened when it had to happen. Cook found a ramp and got airborne.
Dale's breathtaking 4.5 second jump got everyone ecstatic. As he prepares the landing on choppy water, he opts to bailout in spectacular fashion.
"The Hatch" is located about four miles to the west of Hood River, in Oregon. Depending on the power of the stream, windsurfers can get up to eight-foot unbreakable waves.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mike's Ice Cream in Hood River

The time to visit Mike's Ice Cream in Hood River is now, while the sun in still shinning and the kids are still on summer break. This is a local favorite but is only open from April-October so you must enjoy it while Mike's Ice Cream is available. Read about what they have to offer below.
Everything here is for real, no artificial flavors allowed. They have fantastic outdoor seating and a fun play structure for kids. If it’s too crowded, you can simply take your ice cream across the street to the park behind the library, enjoy your cone, shake, or sundae and people watch. Then you can go back for seconds. Seriously. I ate ice cream almost every day the first summer we lived here. It’s amazing. Mike’s Ice Cream is an absolute must! They are open late too. It’s the perfect late evening snack on a hot summer night.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

This September Hood River and the Columbia Center for the Arts will be celebrating the 10th year of Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge. The Plein Air exhibition will be held in the downtown Hood River art gallery. Each year artists and writers from around the country come to participate in this celebration of "En plein air" meaning "in the open air". Read about the kick off of this amazing celebration below.
The exhibition kicks off with a preview party and opening reception on Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. Pat Haley and Friends will perform from 6-8 p.m. Works of art are available for viewing and sale during the reception and month long art show to follow.
On Sunday, Sept. 7, a variety of plein air writers will debut their freshly-written works at the Columbia Center for the Arts' plein air literary reading at 2 p.m.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Best of Steam Engines

Enjoy watching trains? If so the video link below is a great way to see amazing points of view of many types of steam engines in HD. Even better, the entire video is taken in along the Columbia River. Read below for The Best of Steam Engines video description.
SP4449 Highballs the tunnel in the Columbia River Gorge on its way home to Portland, Oregon and then you see Union Pacific 844 on the way to The Dalles and then to the Pendleton Round-Up a rodeo held in Pendleton, Oregon. The rest of the videos are SP4449 on it way in then out of the Gorge.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vegan Cruise Planners

If you are a vegan and have gone on a cruise than you probably already know the limited options for food that are provided. Good news, you can cruise again. With Vegan Cruise Planners they will provide you with cruises that offer plenty of delectable vegan dining options, free of charge. Read more about this service below.
As Cruise Planners Destination Specialists, we don’t charge extra for our knowledge. We don’t work for the cruise lines, we work for you. We focus on your cruise experience, and work to find you the perfect match according to your wants and needs as a vegan. Not only do we know which cruise line will be the perfect match for you, we can offer recommendations on vegan dining options in all the ports of call you will be visiting while on your cruise.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Columbia River Fishing

If you fish it could be helpful to check into the 'Reel Time Northwest' fishing reports. These allow you to see where others are fishing, what they are catching, and learn of helpful tips on some sweet fishing spots or tactics. Read below last weeks overview of Salmon, Steelhead and Shad by Mark Yuasa.
On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 286 salmonid boats and 82 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/9) flight; and 804 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.56 Chinook and 1.37 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.25 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.02 fall Chinook and 1.18 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.26 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.20 steelhead caught per rod, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.16 steelhead caught per angler.
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