Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Larch Mountain Trail

Larch Mountain is available to hike, but if you want to experience this natural wonder please do so in the next month or so, while it's beauty is still visible. As the weather turns for winter, the days grow shorter and sights are harder to view from Larch Mountain. If your on the fence of wither you should make a go of Larch Mountain this year or not, read the review below and your decision may be easier to make.
“One of the lesser known natural attractions near Portland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014
Every time I visit this place I say I should come more. It takes about 40 minute drive from Portland to get to the top. The last 14 miles are up hill winding good paved road brings you to about 4000 ft height from Hwy 84 by the Columbia River. From the parking lot you have access to picnic spots, hike trails or follow nice paved path to spot at very top and a stone structure/platform that is above it all. You can see from this all the mountains around you in all directions vis well marked brass plaques with names and distance from you. One a hot day you lose 20 degrees so enjoy natures A/C. At night it is perfect dark sky spot other than aircraft heading for PDX. Last night July 28 we saw 10-15 meteors an hour between 11- 2am. This area is open when snow allows only. It is part of Mt. Hood National Forest, with pay for day use and has day use toilets, but forget them at night as not in parking area. Take flash or head mount lights, warm clothes and seating if going after
dark to see the milky way or hike path to top. Enjoy this treasure as I know you will. Also be quiet and respect others trying to enjoy the solitude here. You will see satellites, meteors and watch as stars wink as bats fly above.
Ron of Portland, Oregon

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The Vista House

Located at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge it is remarkable how much beauty your eyes can see from The Vista House. It was built at the same time as Highway 30 (Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway) in 1916. The Vista House offers ADA accessible viewpoints, exhibitor information, and restrooms, as well as a non ADA accessible picnic area. Read below for the current and future schedule for visiting The Vista House.

Vista House Current Hours:
Vista House is open 9 am - 6 pm, weather permitting
Upcoming Hours:
Starting Monday 10/6/14 will be 10 am - 4 pm, weather permitting.
Starting Monday 11/3/14 Vista House will be open WEEKENDS ONLY, 10 am - 4 pm, weather permitting.

SRC: Find more information about The Vista House at: www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=108

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Bridal Veil Falls State Park

Bridal Veil Falls State Park provides you the opportunity to experience being behind the water as it is falling. This beautiful State Park has some ADA accessible hiking trails, restrooms and exhibitor information. Also provided at this park, but not ADA accessible are viewpoints and picnicking areas. There are two parts to Bridal Veil Falls State Park, upper and lower, both should be experience at some point in time. Read about the upper and lower trails of Bridal Veil Falls below.

The upper trail takes visitors around the precipice of the cliffs of the Gorge. Sign boards along the trail point out distinctive native wild plants that grow abundantly in this area such as camas, lupine, bead lilly, trillium and bleeding heart. The trail is fenced beautifully with logged beams and wire to protect visitors along the viewpoint while maximizing every vantage point of the magnificent view of the Gorge. The famous geologic edifice known as the Pillars of Hercules, a 120-foot basalt tower once used as a training site for mountain climbing, can be seen best from the upper trail at Bridal Veil.
The lower trail at Bridal Veil takes the visitor downhill to the base of Bridal Veil Falls and is about a mile round trip to the falls and back. Although short, this is a steep little trail full of switchbacks and is not wheelchair accessible. Along the way are a few unwanted wild plants of this area -- such as poison oak -- so keep on the path. Do not attempt to walk along the bridge over the Historic Highway to view the falls. The road here is a narrow two-lane passage with absolutely no sidewalk. PLEASE view the falls from the trail.
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Guy W. Talbot State Park

Guy W. Talbot State Park has great attractions to offer all year round. Things to do at Guy W. Talbot include hiking and picnicking. This park provides flushing towlets, view points and exhibitor information. This Oregon State Park is is rich in history and only a few minutes walking distance from Latourelle Falls. Read details about the history of Guy W. Talbot State Park below.
Guy Webster and Geraldine Talbot gave the original 125 acres in 1929. Guy W. Talbot (1873-1961) was president of Pacific Power and Light Company and lived on the tract at the time of the gift. Multnomah County gave additional land in 1935, and sold further acreage to the state in 1952. Lands also were given by the Eva Larson Estate. The balance of the property was purchased from various owners up to 1984. Some of the park's early development was carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1935.
SRC: Learn more about Guy W. Talbot State Park at: www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=112

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Cedar Place Salon

Cedar Place Salon goes above and beyond by customizing your nails and hair exactly how you want yet better than you could have imagined. This licensed nail salon requests appointments to be made prior to your arrival, but once you experience the friendly atmosphere and amazing service you may never want to leave. Get the contact and safety information for Cedar Place Salon below.
2611 S Troutdale Rd Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 667-1685
Beauty Salon Open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Appointment only private salon, specializing in custom nails. Salon Safety First This salon operates above state standards in Sanitation/Disinfection. One time use implements, files and tub liners used for your safety. Professional implements sanitized/disinfected. 
Call to make an appointment, no walk ins excepted.  
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rare Earth Adventures

Rare Earth Adventures in Troutdale provides people access to unique high performance experiences with trained guides. These opportunities vary in location around the world, such as Morocco, Mexico and Mt Kilimanjaro. They also have local Mountaineering adventures at Mt Adams, Mt Olympus, Mt St Helen's and more. Rare Earth Adventures is currently offering tickets for the Real Rock 9: Valley Uprising, a documentary about the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park. Read more about this epic documentary below.
Narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, the film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and interviews with Yosemite greats — from pioneers like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill and John Long to cutting edge modern athletes like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold. Valley Uprising tells the story of the bold men and women who broke with convention and redefined the limits of human possibility in America’s legendary national park.
SRC: Learn more about Real Rock 9 and Rare Earth Adventures at: www.rareearthadventures.com

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Troutini in Troutdale

Special Vegan Dessert from Troutini
Troutdale's Troutini is the place to be for great food, great martinis, and amazing customer service. Their signature cocktail, The Trout Tini a delicious layered martini and a must try. They also offer exquisite wines and a wide variety of beers to choose from. What makes Troutini a local favorite is the customer service. One customer reviewed on Yelp that the "Chef did a special vegan dessert for us!!  What a commitment to service!!!" Read about another person's experience at Troutini below.
We celebrated my wife's birthday last night and decided to give this little spot in Troutdale a try from the recommendation of my daughter and son-in-law.  We were simply blown away by the amazing menu and wonderful service.  Simple, quiet, relaxing, and everything you would expect of a 5 star restaurant.  We will make this our new favorite place for special events and recommend to everyone we know.  Our thanks to the owner and her wonderful staff.
SRC: Find more impressed customer reviews for Troutini at: www.yelp.com/biz/troutini-troutdale

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