Monday, November 17, 2014

Double Mountain Horse Ranch

Horse back riding is good for your health, it is fun and it provides a way to see sights you never would have seen otherwise. Double Mountain Horse Ranch is located in Hood River where they provide guided group tours. Read about their 'Above the Columbia River Gorge Tour' below.
This horseback riding tour stages in a private meadow on the far west side of the Hood River Valley. Starting below the forest, our trail gently climbs steadily upward. We’ll enter the deep shade of mature trees, moving along fern grottos and cascading streams, to views high above the Columbia River Gorge. Weather permitting we’ll ride the TeePee trail, a now private forest trail once traveled by Native American pioneers.

Wrangler’s Note – We’ll get your photo with the Mitchell Point Overlook from up high! Cowboy up, we’ll bring loaner boots and riding helmets if requested in advance.
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Celilo Restaurant and Bar

Celilo Restaurant and Bar is located in Hood River, Oregon. Their menu features Pacific Northwest cuisine made with fresh and local ingredients. They also provide full catering services for weddings. If you have not tried this elegant restaurant why not treat yourself for a nice dinner this winter in Hood River. Celilo Restaurant and Bar also provides cooking classes at their restaurant, read about the next class below.
Homemade Soup: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM, including dinner of food prepared during class Class size limit: 12$85 per personCall (541) 386-5710 to register, or visit the restaurant. Tickets are non-refundable. Learn the basics of homemade soup preparation. Pick up hints on creating both purées and hearty soups as well as learn the secrets of Celilo menu soups.

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Requiem of Ice

The Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum is excited to show the premiere of "Requiem of Ice" a timelapse film exploring the Ice Caves of Mt. Hood. This event will takes place November 18th. Stay updated for this "Requiem of Ice" by liking and

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A parents group called HIKE IT BABY provides opportunities for new parents to get back outdoors with their new family member. These hikes allow for parents to bond, exercise, minimize the baby blues, and expose their new babies to the world to the great outdoors. These group hikes are located all over, just visit to find a hike near you or near where you like to hike. If you live near the Columbia River Gorge, a reoccurring hike at 1000 Acers Dog Park is coming up this November 26th. Read details about this Hike in Troutdale below.
1000 Acres Dog Park Trail Hike
November 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hike is flat and is usually pretty muddy. This is a huge off leash dog park with multiple channels and water for swimming or fetching. Could be a little chaotic with all the dogs running around but a great place to exercise the four-legged friends and mamas at the same time!
Event Categories:
    Fast Paced Walks, Trail Hike
Hike Leader
    Amy Gibson
Level of Hike
    Blue (carrier/stroller)
Length of Hike
    3.5 miles
Toddler or new walker friendly
Any baby/child hazards we should know about?
    Dogs, mud, water
Specific parking information?
    Free parking in lot
Are there any signs, large rocks around, mountains, signs, buildings that can help us find the meetup easily?
    Meet by restrooms in parking lot
Bathrooms Available?
Changing Table/Station Available
Additional Gear Suggestions
    Rain gear
Dogs Allowed
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The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association

Christmas with VOCI and Friends is coming to Wy'east Middle School in Hood River this December. Performances with be on held Sunday, December 7th at 7:00 pm and Monday, December 8th at 8:30 pm. Although attendance is free, a donation of $10 is recommended. The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is presenting this performance of Christmas with VOCI and Friends, read more details of who to expect below.
The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents the Voci Choir, Gorge Brass Ensemble, Vocal Quartet and more for two evenings of beautiful seasonal music by such composers as Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus, Gustav Holst, and more!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kiyokawa Family Orchards

The Kiyokawa Family Orchards is located in Hood River Oregon, along the Columbia River Gorge. The Kiyokawa Family Orchard grows many fruits and provides many ways to engage with the orchards. This video was put together by the Oregon State University and they have done a wonderful job of capturing the natural health and beauty of what an Oregon Orchard can provide. Read details about the Kiyokawa Family Orchard below.
The Kiyokawa family has been farming in the Hood River Valley since 1911. A third-generation orchardist, Randy took over the orchard from his father in 1988.
“I kind of knew in the back of my mind this was what I would do, but as a kid I wanted to be a policeman or a DJ,” Randy says.
Instead, he studied agricultural engineering at Oregon State University, and worked in Portland for several years before it was time for him to come back home and take over the farm.
Under Randy’s leadership, the orchard has focused on direct marketing to customers through fruit stands, farmers markets and U-pick orchards. He says that direct marketing saved the orchard when the apple market collapsed and his business was struggling.
“The farm-direct side has really taken off. I love dealing with the customers,” he says. “The local and sustainable movement has been a big plus.”       

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Adventure Leadership Institute of OSU

If these are the leaders of tomorrow, then we all have some amazing things to look forward to. These young passionate people are embracing everything the world has to offer and shouldn't we all? The director of the Adventure Leadership Institute has the right idea in his philosophy that "Having adventures makes us all better leaders". With places like the Columbia River Gorge we can all become better adventures and leaders. Read more about the Adventure Leadership Institute of OSU below.
Tourists by the thousands come to the Columbia River Gorge for fun and adventure. And for some, it’s a unique learning experience, too.Josh Norris directs the Adventure Leadership Institute at Oregon State University. Among the adventures he leads for students and other participants are canyoneering trips to Metlako Falls, below the better-known Punchbowl Falls. The falls are roughly a mile and a half down the Eagle Creek Trail, the trailhead for which is about 45 miles east of Portland. Josh believes adventure can be a transformative learning experience. Through activities like canyoneering, hiking and climbing, students learn to work together, stay calm under pressure and succeed no matter what life – or nature – throws at them. “We’re not just facilitating fun adventures for these students,” Josh says. “We want to make them better people, and better at whatever they end up doing in life.”
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