Monday, January 26, 2015

The Columbia River Gorge Welcomes the Eagles Back


The Columbia River Gorge and Oregon in general is on the migration route for bald eagles coming from Alaska, Yellowstone, Arizona and more. One of the best places to view these eagles is The Dalles Dam Visitors Center, look out the window you'll likely see one while you're parking the car. It is a beautiful sight to watch these majestic birds in the wild, but please remember to respect them. It is illegal to kill, harm or trap any bald or golden eagle. Learn how close to extinction these eagles came below.
In the 1950s and 1960s seeing a bald eagle was extraordinarily rare. By 1963, mainly because of the widespread use of DDT, bald eagle populations had fallen to just 500 breading pairs in the entire lower 48 states.
But a book written by Rachel Carson in 1962 saved the bald eagles from extinction. “Silent Spring“ put the spotlight on the culprit decimating the bird population, DDT, one of the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. In 1972 the Environmental Agency took the unprecedented step of banning manufacture or use of DDT.
In 1963 there were only 500 breading pairs of bald eagles in the entire continental USA excluding Alaska. In 1973 they were listed as an endangered species, except in Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, where they were listed as threatened.
With DDT banned, the eagle populations grew. By 1995 their numbers were high enough that they were upgraded to threatened in all the lower 48 states. As of June 28, 2007 their numbers had risen to just over 10,000 breading pairs and bald eagles were removed from the endangered and threatened list.
SRC: Learn more great places to view these Eagles from Skip Tschanz's personal experience at: www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2015/jan/24/eagles-are-back/

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Celebrate Winter in Oregon

Photo credit: Mt. Bachelor

Discover fun new ways to embrace Oregon in the winter with Travel Oregon's 9 ways to Celebrate Winter. Start with a ranger-guided tour at Crater Lake then relax at Crystal Crane Hot Springs near Burns. You could always watch a winter storm at the coast or take up some fishing in the Columbia River. Whichever activities you choose to enjoy in the winter be sure to take a friend with you for safety.

SRC: Find more ways to celebrate winter in Oregon at: traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/oregon-stories/9-ways-to-celebrate-winter-in-oregon/


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine’s Day Dance


Join the Corbett Grange for a family Valentine's Day Dance on February 14th. Doors open at 6 pm for Valentine's desserts and visiting, from 7-9 pm there will be dancing and kids crafts. Corbett is a beautiful place with a significant place in history along the Columbia River Gorge. Read about Corbett, OR history below and enjoy the Valentine's Day Family Dance.
This community on the Historic Columbia River Highway between Sandy River and Crown Point was named for Senator Henry Winslow Corbett, one of Oregon’s prominent pioneer citizens,  for many years a resident of Portland. In 1885, Mr. Corbett purchased a nearby farm from Ervine J. Taylor, who had moved down to the Columbia River about the time the railroad was  built in 1882.For many years there was a station named Corbett on the Union Pacific Railroad at the base of the bluff below the community. The station is gone, but there is a small commercial cluster where Corbett Hill Road leaves 1-84 and climbs the hill to connect to the historic highway. The first post office at what is now Corbett was Leader, established in July 1881. The name of this office was changed to Taylor in 1882 and moved down to the river by Ervine Taylor. Corbett post office was later established December 20, 1895, with William H. H. Reed first postmaster.  Reed Island on the Washington side of the Columbia River  was named for Reed who lived there until washed out by the  1894 flood, after which he moved up to Corbett.
SRC: Find more details for the Valentines' Day Dance in Corbett at: corbettoregon.com/news/grange-valentines-day-dance/ & Learn more about Corbett's History at: corbettoregon.com/history-of-corbett/

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Columbia Gorge Wine and Chocolate Valentine’s Weekend

In three weeks Valentines day will be upon us so plan ahead to ensure a wonderful experience to remember forever. This year more than 20 wineries will be extending their Valentine's Day weekend through Monday, which is also President's Day. This is great new because you have more time to enjoy the Columbia Gorge Wine and Chocolate Valentines Weekend, which offers many discounts on wines, lodging and provides many wine tastings. Get swept away for the weekend in the beautiful Columbia Gorge Wine and Chocolate Valentine’s Weekend February 14th - February 16th. Read about what specific wineries will be providing for this big weekend below.
“We will be celebrating our new tasting room and the official release of our 2011 Merlot on this very special occasion,” John Haw, winemaker at Jacob Williams Winery, said in a news release.
Also, Mt. Hood Winery will be releasing their much anticipated 2013 Pinot Noir paired with chocolate dipped fruits.

Rachael Horn, winemaker and owner of AniChe Cellars in Underwood, Wash., said, “We are excited to offer our very special food pairing of the weekend, chocolate, candied-bacon cupcakes. And, of course, every one of our handcrafted artisan wines will be open for your tasting enjoyment!”

Discounted accommodations are being offered for lodging at partner properties all along the 40-mile corridor that makes up the Columbia River Gorge wine country. The luxurious Columbia Cliff Villas are offering a special package for the weekend that includes discounts of up to 50 percent on room rates. 

Learn more about the Columbia Gorge Wine and Chocolate Valentine’s Weekend at: www.greatnorthwestwine.com/event/columbia-gorge-wine-and-chocolate-valentines-weekend/

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cheryl Strayed's Wild Journey

Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail will be appearing on the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show in Rosemont to discuss her memoir. If you're interested in watching Cheryl Strayed on the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, she will be speaking at 12:15 p.m. on January 17th, 2015. In anticipation of Cheryl Strayed's appearance Chicago called her up and discussed her experiences and her travel tips. Read Cheryl Strayed's response to the question "You said that you felt changed after being on the trail after your first eight days. Do you believe others can find that same sense of change in just a week or even a weekend?" below.
Of course. Obviously that sense of change deepens profoundly over time. I think everyone does deserve at least one time in their life when they take a longer journey because it does have its own accumulative power. But absolutely, I can get away for a day and feel like ok, that was great, I needed that. Even the small journeys, like deciding to take a walk by yourself, can be incredibly restorative.
SRC: Read Cheryl Stray's entire interview at: www.chicagomag.com/travel/January-2015/Cheryl-Strayed-Has-This-Wild-Travel-Advice-for-You/


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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta presents “The Bold, the Brilliant, and the Beautiful.”


Join the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta when they present "The Bold, the Brilliant, and the Beautiful" at The Dalles Civic Auditorium this February.  This program will be performed from 7:00 pm -8:30 pm on Friday February 20th, 2015 and from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm on Sunday February 22nd, 2015. Learn details about this program presented by The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta below.
Come experience the power of great orchestral music, as the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta presents “The Bold, the Brilliant, and the Beautiful.” The program includes the Oregon premiere (and only second performance worldwide) of Grammy-winning composer Austin Wintory’s “Banner Saga Suite,” stirring, Viking-inspired music with a cinematic flair. Dimitri Shostakovich’s rarely performed Second Piano Concerto will feature local soloist Corin Parker. The concert concludes with Johannes Brahms’ lyrical masterpiece, Symphony #2.
SRC: Contact the Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance for more information at: gorgeculture.org/calendar/

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Oregon the Relocation Destination


Oregon has topped the list as the most popular place to move to for the second year in a row. Oregon being a desired location for living is contributed several factors. The first likely reason people are moving to Oregon is the outdoor recreational space available for camping, hiking, hunting, and so on. Another big reason is the cost of living is lower in Oregon than the average in America, lower by 1.2 per cent. Also, in 2013 Oregon was one of the top 3 states for job growth, reasonably attracting more people to this state in the great northwest. Read more about what is pulling people to Oregon below.
Economist Michael Stoll, chairman of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, said the figures reflected the overall trend in migration towards southern and western states.However, it is Oregon's 'unique amenities' which he believes push it to the top of the pile. These include outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment activities, and green space - which the mountainous state has plenty of. Travel Oregon, the state's tourist board, lists its own 'seven wonders' - including the Columbia River Gorge, to Crater Lake and the Wallowa Mountains.

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