Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Register Now for the 2015 Gorge Ride

Help the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway with their 9th annual Gorge Ride. The Gorge Ride is the biggest fund raising event of the year for the Restore & Reconnect project of the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail. The Friends of the Columbia River Gorge are working on this project to create America's Best Scenic Bikeway, and you can be a part of it just by registering to ride. Read about this amazing bike riding event in the Gorge below.
The ninth annual Gorge Ride sponsored by the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway (FHCRH) will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, beginning at the Gorge Discovery Center. The ride extends 19.25 miles along the historic highway and state trail west to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead, just east of Hood River, and then returns. The course opens at 7am, and closes at 4pm.
SRC: Register Today and learn more details about the 2015 Gorge Ride at: www.hcrh.org/2015-gorge-ride/

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Spring Brew Fest at Mt. Hood Meadows

It's the perfect time to enjoy a Spring Brew Fest at Mt. Hood Meadow with the fresh powder that finally made its way to the mountain. The Spring Brew Fest is March 28th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the deck at Mt. Hood Meadows. Enjoy that fresh snow with your beer and learn more about this Spring Brew Fest on Mt. Hood below.
Mt. Hood Meadows proudly presents the Spring Brew Fest! Soak in the sun and taste fantastic beers. This event is open to 21 and older with a valid photo ID. There will be a raffle every half hour as well as other opportunities to win fun prizes.
SRC: Get your lift tickets and learn more about the Spring Brew Fest at: www.skihood.com/schedule-events/special-events/march1/spring-brew-fest

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Gorge Artists 2015 Open Studios Tour

The Gorge Artists 2015 Open Studios Tour is back this April 10, 11 and 12th. The entire weekend is a free self-guided tour with a detailed map of where to visit the best artists The Columbia River Gorge has to offer. Learn more about this Gorge Artists 2015 Open Studios Tour below.
The tour includes 38 artists working in many different media including painting, drawing, jewelry, glass, sculpture, fiber, mixed media and much more. This year’s artists are located all over the scenic Columbia River Gorge; from Cascade Locks to The Dalles, and Parkdale, OR to Trout Lake, WA. Artists will have work available for purchase. All participating artists have been juried in. They represent the highest quality of work available in the region and a broad spectrum of media, styles and subject matter.
The Gorge region is not only a beautiful scenic area, famous for the dramatic views along the Columbia River, the waterfalls and hiking trails, the windsurfers and kite boarders. It is also becoming known as a great place to experience art. It can be reached from Portland within an hour’s drive, and the region also offers great food, hand crafted wine and beer, and lodging for those wishing to take in the entire weekend.
SRC: Learn more about the Gorge Artists 2015 Open Studios Tour at: gorgeculture.org/event/gorge-artists-open-studios-tour/?instance_id=56

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Win an Ultralight Backpacking Kit for Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Is backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail on your bucket list? With all that hiking you'll want to have this Ultralight Backpacking Kit before hitting the trail. Enter on Facebook for a chance to win, hurry the contest closes March 27th. Learn details about this Ultralight Backpacking Kit below.
It’s desert hiking season on the PCT, so this package is pretty primed for keeping you hydrated and comfortable. One lucky winner will win all of this:

ENTER on Facebook for a chance to WIN 

SRC: Learn more about this contest at: www.pcta.org/2015/win-this-ultralight-backpacking-kit-from-pcta-and-platypus-hydration-27968/

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Spend Spring Break Outdoors | 4 Ways to Enjoy The Gorge

During Spring Break the flowers are blooming, the air is fresh and there are several ways to get out there and embrace the outdoors this week. The Columbia River Gorge is known for its amazing hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls, and wildflowers that you just can't take your eyes off of. Read 4 ways to enjoy the Gorge during your spring vacation below.
1. WILDFLOWERS: Wildflowers have arrived almost two to three weeks early this season, and two places to enjoy them right now are Silver Falls State Park and the Columbia River Gorge.
2. HIGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS: If you're unwilling to give up on skiing and snowboarding so easily, four resorts across the state still provide a powder fix.
3. WHALE WATCH WEEK: Twenty-six locations on the Oregon Coast will have volunteers helping visitors spot migrating gray whales this week.
4. RIDE A BIKE: While blooming wildflowers make this a great time to go hiking, it's also an excellent moment to get out on two wheels.

SRC: Learn details and helpful advice about each of these outdoor spring activities to enjoy along The Columbia River Gorge at: www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2015/03/22/four-outdoor-adventures-spring-break/25098039/

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Hood River

Get ready for a great Saturday on April 11th, 2015 because it's Hood River's 2nd Annual Hard-Pressed Cider Fest. This Hard-Pressed Cider Fest begins at noon and lasts until 7p.m. providing a day of delicious cider tasting fun. Other fun activities will include a kids area, live local music, produce and arts vendors as well as local food venders to fill your tummy and your day. Learn more about this Hard-Pressed Cider Fest below.
With nine cideries and counting, Hood River Valley’s hard cider scene is exploding. These craft cidermakers source the apples, pears and other fruits from the 440+ local orchardists, creating make ciders that truly give you a taste of Hood River, and place the region at the forefront of the new national hard cider movement. Now in its second year, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries.
SRC: For a Full list of the 2015 Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest Participating Cideries visit: hoodriver.org/hard-pressed-cider-fest

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Oregon Enduro Series 2015 Open Registration

The Oregon Enduro Series, the longest running enduro series in North America has opened Registration. The race starts in Bend on June 6th and 7th where there will be a variety of fun physical trails. The second race takes place in Hood River along the Columbia River Gorge on June 20th and 21st. The third race will be at Mt. Bachelor for this years in and out on August 22nd and 23rd. The Oregon Enduro Series finals take place at Mt. Hood on September 12 and 13th. Learn more about this outdoor biking sports event below.
Over the past four years, the Oregon Enduro Series has been a pivotal part of growing the sport of enduro in North America. The Oregon Series has invested years developing their timing system that provides instant, accurate (within a thousandth of a second), and live results on monitors at the finish of every stage as well as live accumulated times at the base area. OES is proud to be part of the founding group of the North American Enduro Tour and associated with the creation of the film The Rise of Enduro, the first feature documentary film about the sport of Enduro Mountain Bike Racing. 

Oregon Enduro Series is honored to work with respected companies in the industry that support mountain bikers, share their love for the sport, and strive to perfect mountain bike products. Santa Cruz has been inspiring mountain bikers from the beginning and makes top of the line bikes for any style of mountain biking. Bell Helmets has been keeping OES safe and looking good with their enduro helmet, the Super, and now with the Super 2R designed by enduro athletes for the needs of today's enduro-style aggressive riding. OES's love for the enduro format is also supported by Shimano, E13/The Hive, Ergon, Clif Bar, Yakima, Fly Racing,Thump Coffee, Pinkbike, and many more great companies that love mountain biking.
SRC: Learn how to Register for The Oregon Enduro Series at: www.pinkbike.com/news/oregon-enduro-series-opens-2015-registration.html

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