Monday, August 31, 2015

Visiting the Bonneville Lock and Dam

The Bonneville Lock and Dam is located near Cascade Locks in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. The Bonneville Lock and Dam allows visitors to learn about and view two of the Nation's largest hydroelectric powerhouses. While touring this Dam you can also watch migrating fish travel upstream in the underwater viewing rooms. This is an excellent location for family trips, sight-seeing, student field trips and is also a great location to take some majestic photos. Learn more about visiting the Bonneville Lock and Dam below.
The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.
SRC: Find more details about the Bonneville Lock and Dam at: traveloregon.com/see-do/natural-wonders/bodies-of-water/lakes-reservoirs/bonneville-lock-and-dam/

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pacific Crest Trail Days | August 28th, 29th and 30th 2015

The 9th Annual Pacific Crest Trail Days are almost here! Overnight camping is available on Thunder Island for a small fee, other than that PCT Days are free to attend in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Where else can you attend a family-friendly festival that includes hiking, biking and camping? The PCT Days are at Marine Park in Cascade Locks on August 28th-30th, 2015. View Saturday's full schedule for the Pacific Crest Trail Days below.
8:30 am – 9:00 am:  Bridge Walk on the Bridge of the Gods.             
Do you enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge and explore what it’s like to cross the Bridge of the Gods as a hiker on the PCT?  The Pacific Crest Trail Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Pedestrian Bridge Walk.  After the walk is over, head down to the Marine Park for PCT DAYS!  Volunteers are needed prior to the event, and the day of the event, so if you can help, please contact Denise Gehrke / 360-901-6532 / crimsongry@hotmail.com or Bub Theus / btheus@pcta.org.  (Volunteering for the Bridge Walk is separate from volunteering at PCT DAYS.)
10 am – 7:00 pm: PCT DAYS Gear Fair.
Check out the latest and greatest products from our sponsors at the largest gear fair in the Pacific Northwest! If you want to learn about backpacks, tents, hiking poles, shoes, clothing, stoves, water purification systems, etc…..it’s all going to be here! (Some sponsors will have products for sale and a select few will be making gear repairs for PCT thru-hikers.)
10 am – 7:00 pm: Osprey Packs – The Osprey Anti-Gravity Challenge.
Swing by the Osprey booth anytime on Saturday, 8/29, try on one of our their award-winning, revolutionary, newly-designed Atmos AG or Aura AG technical backpacks and you will automatically be entered to win one to call your very own! Osprey is giving away an Atmos and Aura AG 50 as well as an Atmos and Aura AG 65(4 packs total!) Also, don’t miss free Osprey Packs Sizing’s, Fittings, and Expert Advice! Osprey Packs will provide free pack sizing’s, fitting and usage advice with the experts at their booth. Just swing by the booth anytime and the Osprey team will be ready to help…whether you need to know your proper torso/hip size, need a pack recommendation for an upcoming trip, or want to know where we pack our bear resistant food container when needed in The Sierra!
10:00 – 10:30 am:  Class Session 1 – “Hiking the Backcountry with your K-9 Companion” with Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa of Allgood’s K-9 Adventures.
Whitney will demonstrate a wide range of knowledge that will enable you and your dog to maximize the enjoyment of your next outing. The class will explore all aspects of getting your dog out on trail to help both of you have an enjoyable time out in the back country. Leave No Trace, Food, Training, Dog Gear, and Ultra-Light backpacking principles will be shared along with tales from his times thru-hiking with his dogs.  Whitney is the President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West), a Leave No Trace Master Educator, and an expert at backpacking with dogs. “Allgood” has hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Allegheny Highland Trail, John Muir Trail, Wonderland Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Chinook Trail, and various other sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.  For info on Allgood’s K-9 Adventures, visit:  http://www.allgoodsk9adventures.com/
10:30 – 11 am:  Class Session 2 – “Leave No Trace” with the Subaru/LNT Traveling Trainers.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be offering a class on Leave No Trace skills and techniques to reduce the impact of outdoor activities.  For more info on LNT, please visit:  https://lnt.org/
11am – 12 pm:  Class Session 3 – “Get Out More Tour Backpacking Clinic” with Backpacker Magazine.
Whether you are new to hiking & camping or someone who wants to expand their knowledge of outdoor gear and practices, attend this clinic! For more info on the Get Out More Tour, visit: http://www.backpacker.com/news-and-events/events/get-out-more-tour-2015/
12 pm – 1 pm: PCT DAYS Raffle #1:
As a warm up to the main raffle later in the day, there will be a LOT of great products to win, ranging from tents to backpacks to clothing to shoes to, well…you get it! Scott “Squatch” Herriott and the PCT DAYS Event Director, Jason “Nabor J” Waicunas will MC the activity, which is always a fun time. Raffle tickets are $3.00 each for 1-5 tickets. After purchasing 5 tickets, they are $2.00 each. (5 tickets are $15, 10 tickets are $25, 20 tickets are $45, and so on.) It’s not uncommon for people to buy as many as 30 tickets, so be sure to bring plenty of cash to increase your chance to win! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West.
1-1:30 pm:  Vasque – Bean Bag Toss
Check out the Vasque booth to participate in a Bean Bag Toss! Each participant gets a limit of 30 seconds between 1-1:30 to score as high as possible within their 5 tosses. All participants who get the top 10 scores in 5 tosses get put into a raffle for a pair of Vasque Inhalers.
1:30-2 pm:  USFS – Infomercial Contest: Making the Lowest Impact
Stop by the USFS booth to play an interactive role playing game for Leave No Trace principles. The booth will be easy to find, just look for the 8′ tall Smokey the Bear!
2-2:30 pm:  ALDHA-WEST – Mini Hiker Olympics
Visit the ALDHA-WEST booth to test your skills and knowledge against others to see if you have what it takes to stand atop the podium and claim the honor of being the trashiest of hiker trash.  Activities will test your knowledge of all things trail, your ability to eat, and a surprise event.  Prizes to the top 3 winners.
2:30-3 pm:  Klean Kanteen – Water Pong
Visit the Klean Kanteen booth to play water pong!   To enter your name in the drawing, a participant must land a ping pong ball into one of the 10 provided pint cups.  They will get three throws each and winners will be determined by drawing a name.  Winners will receive a new 20oz insulated classic Kanteen!
3-3:30 pm:  Granite Gear’s Trivia, Toss, and WIN
Question: Where is everyone a winner (while supplies last)? Answer: At the Granite Gear booth! Stop by their booth, answer a trivia question correctly and you’ll move on to play Toss N’ Topple. If you have a solid toss, you win one of their Minnesotough products. Up for the challenge?
4-4:30 pm:  Icebreaker – Kiwi Horseshoes
Visit the Icebreaker booth to play Kiwi Horseshoes!  You haven’t heard of Kiwi Horseshoes? We’ll you’re not out of the loop since we made up the name :) Kiwi Horseshoes gives a generous nod to the game also known as Polish Frisbee, Beersbee, French Darts or Frisbeener. The game is played with 4 people (set in teams of two), involves a Frisbee, two steaks and two bottles. The first team tosses the Frisbee, aiming it towards a glass bottle that is placed on top of the stake opposite them. Then the other team throws the Frisbee at the first team’s bottle. Points are scored when the Frisbee hits the stake or the bottle, when the bottle is knocked off the stake and hits the ground, or when the receiving team fails to catch the Frisbee.
4:30-5 pm:  PCTA – Crosscut Saw Demo
Stop by the PCTA booth and get your lumberjack on! Old-fashioned crosscut saws are the tool of choice for tackling fallen trees on the trail in designated wilderness. Come and see how spirited volunteers and forest service partners do it.
5:30 – 6:30 pm:  PCT DAYS Raffle #2:
If you missed the first raffle or didn’t win and want another chance, there will be a LOT of great products at the second raffle, which is the last event of the afternoon! Scott “Squatch” Herriott and the PCT DAYS Event Director, Jason “Nabor J” Waicunas will MC the activity, which is always a fun time. Raffle tickets are $3.00 each for 1-5 tickets. After purchasing 5 tickets, they are $2.00 each. (5 tickets are $15, 10 tickets are $25, 20 tickets are $45, and so on.) It’s not uncommon for people to buy as many as 30 tickets, so be sure to bring plenty of cash to increase your chance to win! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West.
8:00 – 9:30 pm:  PCT DAYS Event Party!
Join us at the stage area to celebrate PCT DAYS…it’s not uncommon for a dance party to take place, so save your energy and end the day at the Event Party!
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SRC: View Friday and Sunday's Pacific Crest Trail Days schedule at: www.pctdays.com/schedule/

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Best Day Hikes Along PCT | Paradise Park


According to Terry Richard travel author for The Oregonian, one of the top five best day hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in northern Oregon is the Paradise Park Loop. Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, the Paradise Park Loop is a gorgeous location for hiking,camping, flower identifying and more. Learn why  Paradise Park made top top five best day hikes along the PCT below.
Paradise Park: Hiking the PCT west and north of Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood is likely the most beautiful section of the national scenic trail in Oregon. Make a 10-mile loop from the lodge by circling the wildflower meadows of Paradise Park for above-timberline views of Oregon's highest mountain.
SRC: Explore more great day hikes along the PCT at:www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/08/pacific_crest_trail_in_north_o.html

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Best Day Hikes Along PCT | Dry Creek Falls

According to Terry Richard travel author for The Oregonian, one of the top five best day hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in northern Oregon is to Dry Creek Falls. Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, the Dry Creek Falls is a gorgeous location for hiking, waterfall photography, picnicking with the family and more. Learn why Dry Creek Falls made top top five best day hikes along the PCT below.
Dry Creek Falls: The trailhead for this short hike begins at the day use park on the south side of the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks. It's interesting to see how the PCT crosses under Interstate 84 and weaves through the only incorporated city located directly on the 2,650 miles of the trail. Hike two miles on the PCT, then take a short side path to Dry Creek Falls. Despite the name, it's another gorgeous gorge waterfall. Back at the trailhead, take time to walk across Bridge of the Gods. The roadway isn't very wide, so stay along the railing and face traffic. Do this during daylight only. The view is amazing, much better than when driving across.
SRC: Explore more great day hikes along the PCT at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/08/pacific_crest_trail_in_north_o.html

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Best Day Hikes Along PCT | McNeil Point Hike

According to Terry Richard travel author for The Oregonian, one of the top five best day hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in northern Oregon is the McNeil Point Hike. Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, the McNeil Point area is a gorgeous location for camping, hiking, photography, flower identifying and more. Learn more about why McNeil Point made top top five best day hikes along the PCT below.
McNeil Point: From the Top Spur Trail on the west side of Mount Hood, hikers cross and use only a snippet of the PCT before heading off toward the mountain on the Timberline Trail. Don't tell anyone, but the 40 miles of the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood pack nearly as much scenic punch as the 460 miles of the PCT in Oregon. This is more a compliment to the Timberline Trail than a snipe at the PCT. Case in point: The Timberline Trail here leads directly toward McNeil Point and the Sandy Glacier for views of Mount Hood exactly like you get in Portland, only 45 miles closer.
SRC: Explore more great day hikes along the PCT at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/08/pacific_crest_trail_in_north_o.html

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Best Day Hikes Along PCT | Timothy Lake

According to Terry Richard travel author for The Oregonian, one of the top five best day hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in northern Oregon is Timothy Lake. Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, Timothy Lake is gorgeous location for swimming, fishing, camping, biking , boating, hiking and more. Learn why Timothy Lake made top top five best day hikes along the PCT below.
Timothy Lake: Hiking 13 relatively flat miles around this reservoir in the south Mount Hood National Forest is an absolute delight. Begin near the campground at Little Crater Lake and include about three miles of the PCT on the east side of the circuit.

SRC: Explore more great day hikes along the PCT at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/08/pacific_crest_trail_in_north_o.html

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fairview on the Green Festival | Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Wings Challenge

Join this year's Fairview on the Green Festival on August 22nd, 2015 for their 9th Celebration. This year's Fairview on the Green Festival will include a Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Wings Challenge. There will also be a cruise-in hosted by the festival and Rapport Fitness will be hosting the 5K run/walk and kids 1K run. Join the fun, live music, free children's area or stop by to try some island themed food in the beer garden. Find something fun for everyone in the family at this year's Fairview on the Green Festival. Take a look at the Festival Schedule below.
Festival schedule:
8am - Vendor/ Cruise in setup open
10am - Street cleared
10:15 - Rapport Fitness 5K run
11am - Festival is open
11.15 - Rapport Fitness 1K run
Noon - Chalk the Walk
12.30 - Blazin Wings challenge
1.30 – Scott Tom – Water balloon toss
2:00 - 3:00 Elvis
3.00 – Scott Tom – Hula Hoop challenge
3.30 - Blazin Wings challenge
4.00 - Cruise In Trophy
4.30 - Chalk the Walk winners
5.00-7.00 Touchables
6.00 – Vendors released
7.00 - Festival ends - Break down, clean up 
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SRC: Find more details for the Fairview on the Green Festival at:www.fairviewonthegreen.com/

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