Tuesday, May 26, 2015

America's Best Waterside Drives

Our lovely Historic Columbia River Highway has made it in USA Today's America's Best Waterside Drives. This Multnomah Falls photo was taken by Sumio Koizumi. Multnomah Falls is a massive highlight that is easy to view and visit from the Historic Columbia River Highway. Discover the remaining winners of America's Best Waterside Drives below.

  • Alaska's Seward Highway 
  • New York's Hudson River Valley 
  • Vermont's Mad River Scenic Byway
  • Colorado's Colorado River Headwaters Byway
  • Virginia's Maury River 
  • Minnesota to Louisiana, The Great River Road.

SRC: View amazing photos from each of America's Best Waterside Drives at: www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/gallery/27711947/americas-best-waterside-drives/

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7 Bikes for 7 Wonders | Mt Hood

This summer's 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders is gearing up for an exciting ride. Seven of Oregon's best bike builders were asked to build a bike for their assigned wonder and they're wonderful. Each bike will be hidden in their corresponding wonder area for a lucky adventurer to find and keep. This beautiful Wolfhound Cycles Bike was built for Mt Hood. Read details about the Mt Hood Bike below.
“The first thing that went through my mind was that it needed to be able to handle anything, because around Mt. Hood there’s lift-assist, free rides, full downhill… everything, even including all-day single-track rides through the wilderness,” he recalls. And that was perfect for him. “The core principal behind my designs has
always been to make something that could do anything and everything, so this was the perfect opportunity to put that into practice.”
And that’s what he’s done. His single-speed mountain bike incorporates all his favorite features, and still comes in at an astonishingly light 28 pounds. There are beefy 25-inch tires, a suspension front fork with 5 to 6 inches of play, and an adjustable-height seatpost for riding in a bike park or other extreme terrain.
SRC: Learn more about the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: Mt Hood Bike at: rideoregonride.com/7-bikes-7-wonders-mt-hood-bike/

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7 Bikes for 7 Wonders | The Columbia River Gorge Bike

This summer's 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders is gearing up for an exciting ride. Seven of  Oregon's best bike builders were asked to build a bike for their assigned wonder and they are wonderful. Each bike will be hidden in their corresponding wonder area for a lucky adventurer to find and keep. This beautiful Argonaut Bike was built for the Columbia River Gorge. Read details about the Columbia River Gorge Bike below.
The bike, designed within a traditional road-bike framework, purposely doesn’t have a lot of specific elements that are only useful in one environment. It’s set up to accommodate 28cc tires and has disk brakes, but “there’s no compromise in any one direction – it’s not overbuilt for gravel so road riding isn’t fun, and it’s not too sketchy or unstable to take off the pavement,” Ben says. “It can take you to all the fantastic places in the Gorge, in a fast and fun way.”
The theme of variety extended to the bike’s finish, as well. The multi-color paint job on the bike accentuates the stark contrast of the landscape, going from the tan hues of the arid desert-like land out around The Dalles to the lush green of the Multnomah Falls area.
SRC: Learn more about the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: The Columbia River Gorge Bike at: rideoregonride.com/7-bikes-7-wonders-columbia-river-gorge-bike/

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New Release of "Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area" with Lecture and Book Signing


Peter Marbach and Janet Cook have joined together to publish a new photo essay project devoted to the Columbia River Gorge. They will introduce their new book release on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30 p.m. during a lecture and signing program at the Columbia Center for Arts. Join this Columbia River Gorge Book Release tomorrow in downtown Hood River at the Columbia Center for Arts and learn more about this project below.
"Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area" reunites Marbach with The Gorge magazine editor Cook for their fourth joint book project.
"We are grateful to Peter for the opportunity to show the high end production values of the Columbia Gorge Press," said Tony Methvin, general manager, in a statement released with the announcement of the book.
Marbach and Cook collaborated in 2011 on a special commemorative book on the 25th anniversary of the legislation that created the national scenic area. The book sold out in its first year. When the previous publisher went out of business, Marbach began a search for a new publisher.
"It is wonderful to be working on a product that is truly 100 percent made in the gorge," Marbach said. "Partnering with the Columbia Gorge Press has been a blessing and Janet and I are thrilled to keep the legacy going of our work to celebrate and honor the gifts of the gorge."
SRC: Discover more about The Columbia River Gorge's Peter Marbach and Janet Cook at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/05/photographer_peter_marbach_rel.html


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Paddling the Columbia River Gorge

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding originated in Hawaii and has proven itself as a popular sport among all skill levels. In 2013 it was reported that Stand Up Paddle Boarding had the most first-time participants than any other outdoor sport in the United States. Watch Harmony and friends Paddle Board on the Columbia River in the video above and get inspired to embrace the Gorge yourself.

SRC: Learn more about Harmony and friends experience Paddle Boarding on the Columbia River at: www.supthemag.com/features/paddle-every-damn-day-columbia-river-gorge-harmony-dawn-and-co/ and learn more about Paddle Boarding at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standup_paddleboarding

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jaw-Dropping View of The Columbia River Gorge

Jonsrud's Viewpoint is off of Highway 26 in Sandy Oregon. Jonsrud's Viewpoint provides a location where all Oregonians or visitors can take in a view of beauty that will last a lifetime. This location provides a quiet private spot to take photographs and observe the natural beauty that surrounds you. Read more about Jonsrud's Viewpoint below.
On the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, pull over off Highway 26 for a scenic look at Mt. Hood and be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Barlow Trail route over the mountain. T. G. Jonsrud and his wife Kari settled west of Sandy in 1877. Interpretation provided for the Devil's Backbone section on the Oregon Trail Historic Trail, also part of the historic Barlow Road.
SRC: Check out Jonsrud's Viewpoint on a map and learn more about the area by visiting: www.mthoodterritory.com/jonsruds-viewpoint

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Set Sail on the Columbia River This Summer

Set sail the Columbia River aboard a pirate ship this summer for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy the beauty of the ship while taking in the landscape of the Gorge from the view of the river. Learn details of when this Columbia River buccaneer experience can take place below.
One 18th century tall ship replica and one interpretation of a typical early 19th century trading vessel from the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, will set sail twice daily for two hour voyages on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, with pirate lovers on board. The ships will depart from the Port of Skamania County, which is just minutes from the Cascadian-style lodge and 45 miles east of Portland, Ore.
SRC: Learn details at: www.sys-con.com/node/3333030

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