Friday, February 27, 2015

Take A Hiking Tour of Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge

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Hiking Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge opens opportunities you may not have realized were right outside your door. Hiking to the top of the 2nd most climbed mountain, Mt. Hood, provides the opportunity to discover ice caves and the feeling of being on top of the world. One step onto a trail along The Columbia River Gorge will put you in a wonderland of waterfalls, greenery and wildlife. Follow along this tour of hiking Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge to get a taste the inspiration Oregon's natural wonders can create. Learn about the one of a kind Eagle Creek Trail below.
Fully elated by the glacial views, we run down to the trailhead and drive to Hood River to grab a quick bite to eat.  Our next stop is Eagle Creek, one of the significant tributaries that flows into the Columbia Gorge, and also home to an impressive early fall Salmon run in the lower pools.  Eagle Creek Trail #440 follows the canyon nearly 14 miles upstream past numerous waterfalls and along adrenalin-pumping cliff faces.
SRC: Want to hike these trails in person? Find detailed descriptions and locations for each of the trails toured in the video at: traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/hiking-tour-of-mt-hood-and-the-gorge/

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Join the Heritage Tour of Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge

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Start your Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Heritage tour at the McMenamins Edgefield for a glass blowing demonstration in Troutdale, Oregon. Then find your inner pioneer at Philip Foster Farm where hard work and swing dancing are the norm. Finish your heritage tour on Mt. Hood at Timberline Lodge with a glass of wine while taking in the natural beauty. Read details about  McMenamins Edgefield and The Gorge Glashaus  below.
Our day of discovery begins with an overnight stay at McMenamins Edgefield, a sprawling 74-acre destination resort heavily infused with personality. Built in 1911, the facility has undergone a number of transformations, its most recent providing a tranquil campus of vineyards, gardens, restaurants, and resort amenities. But the halls still emanate with stories of the past, which makes it the perfect place to plan a historic expedition over a cup of coffee and breakfast.
Before heading out, we can’t resist a visit to The Gorge Glashaus on the Edgefield estate to witness the magic of glassblowing. The artisans at work masterfully guide us step by step through the fascinating process of creating beautiful glass sculptures. Point out a sample on the shelf and they’ll make it right before your eyes.  Watch the process, feel the heat, and you’ll never look at grandma’s glass serving dishes the same.
SRC: Learn more about these stops on the Heritage Tour of Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge at: traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/heritage-tour-of-mt-hood-and-the-gorge/

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Take a Cycling Tour of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge



The Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge make up two of the seven wonders of Oregon. See the sights of these Oregon wonders without taking a step outside but be warned the beauty of these National Scenic Areas will motivate you to embrace the great outdoors. Watch the video above to get a taste of what beautiful opportunities are awaiting any bicyclist that is willing to hit the trails. Read about a few of the Columbia River Gorge's sightseeing opportunities below.
Sightseeing tourists have long been acquainted with the Columbia River Scenic Highway, intricately carved into the landscape of the Gorge from Troutdale to past The Dalles. But large sections of this old historic highway are now reclaimed for foot traffic and bicycle enthusiasts only. There may be no more exhilarating way to spend a morning than lightly pedaling a paved road once constructed for the Model T Sunday drive. Our morning ride takes us from The Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead just east of Hood River through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and back for an easy 10 mile round trip. Along the way it is impossible to ignore the postcard dramatic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The inner child is sure to emerge when swooping through the two tunnels along the trail and it would be completely appropriate to let out the same whoop as the first day you learned to ride.
SRC: Learn more about bicycling opportunities in the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge natural wonder areas at: traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/cycling-tour-of-mt-hood-and-the-gorge/

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Hood 2 River Relay 2015

Hood 2 River Relay Race is just around the corner on Saturday May 30, 2015. This spring time relay race starts on the high slopes of Mt. Hood, descends to the lower elevations of the mountain by mountain bike, the race then travels by road bike and then by running to Hood River, finally the relay is completed in the Columbia River Gorge by paddle boat. Learn about Full Sail's After-Party at the Hood River Marina Green below.
The Full Sail Brewing Company After-Party will feature great tasting beer on tap, Naked Winery pouring their Outdoor Vino, and the Lion’s Club cookin’ up burgers, chicken sausages and yummy vegan options by Tofurky.
Plenty of finish line festivities for participants and the whole community- come on down to the Hood River Marina Green and cheer your friends, family and all our adventurous competitors across the finish line, check out the vendor expo and grab a bite to eat. Thank you Hood River for supporting this community event!
SRC: Get Hood 2 River Relay Race 2015 details and registration at: ww.hood2riverrelay.com/

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hidden Railroad History Discovered by a Columbia Gorge Hiker


Over the last 60 years Columbia Gorge hiker, Don Nelsen, has been hiking off trail and finding historical treasures. The treasures Nelsen finds include large pieces of metal that at one point in time constructed functioning trains. The trains were used for hauling out trees when the most of the gorge was clear-cut 100 years ago. Apparently 100 years ago the whole 'take out what you bring in' concept was not practiced, but it provides Nelson the opportunity to discover the steam engines' remains. Learn more about Nelsen's Discovered Railroad History in the Columbia Gorge, below.
Wherever Nelsen hikes, his Holy Grail has been to find a donkey engine like the one that sits outside the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, but he’s only found parts. In Washington, railroad logging appears to have come to an abrupt halt in 1929. Nelson thinks he learned why when he visited the offices of the Skamania County Pioneer and skimmed old newspapers. On September 20th, 1929, and article says, “In Greeleaf, everything was burned.” He found historic photos of hill after hill of charred forests. The news accounts of the day indicate 65 men narrowly escaped from the wildfire. It took nine more years to salvage the railroad gear left behind. The fire left behind a legend. Somewhere, deep in those burned forests was said to lie a lost locomotive. “Of course, when I heard that, I wanted to go find it,” says Nelsen. Down one hill, Nelson found his largest remnant yet. He hops up on top of a 16-foot-long rusty boiler lying on its side. It measures five feet in diameter. However, the boiler doesn’t look right for a locomotive. “In any event it’s a mysterious thing to see in the woods,” Nelsen says. “At the very least it could have served as a water tank.” Nelsen says he hiked 1,000 miles last year in search of hidden train history. For every large chunk of iron he finds many smaller artifacts like nuts, bolts and saw blades. He makes a point of leaving every last one of them where he finds them. “We don’t take souvenirs,” he says. “We leave them here. Unforunately, there are many people that don’t share my idea.
SRC: Read the Full Story of the Discovered Railroad History in The Columbia Gorge at: www.heraldandnews.com/news/northwest/hiker-discovers-railroad-history-hidden-in-columbia-gorge/article_9c03873e-868e-53c5-949f-1ef123358f57.html

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tim Kills Cancer while visiting Latourell Falls





One of Portland Oregon's residents by the name of Tim has a blog, Tim Kills Cancer Here, where he reports the progress of his Chemo sessions. Tim also documents how he is spending his time while on a week's worth of rest, as ordered by the doctor. The week off was spent traveling the Columbia River Gorge while enjoying his time away from the hospital, checkout his video of Latourell Falls above. Read about Tim's experience after visiting the waterfalls, below
Afterwards we drove to Cascade Locks and stopped in at Thunder Island Brewing for a pint and a Coke. Yep, Angie had the pint and I had the Coke. That's how I still know that I'm not 100% - beer tastes funky. It's a personal hell I'm battling through. If you haven't been to Thunder Island Brewing, I highly recommend it the next time you're in the Gorge.
SRC: Learn more about Tim's efforts to Kill Cancer at: timkillscancerhere.blogspot.com/2015/02/columbia-river-gorge-four-days-of-no.html

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A Trip to Oregon

A dream chaser from Vancouver took a spur of the moment road trip to Oregon when she saw an enticing Facebook post. The Facebook post described a festival where the band Filter would be playing in Bend Oregon on Valentine's Day for only $10. This dream chaser, Marinde Out, documents the road trip with great photos to accompany the tale. Read a bit of Marinde Out's adventure after driving past Mt. Hood heading for Bend, below.
"As soon as we left Mt. Hood behind us, we found ourselves in a complete different ecosystem. It was like we drove straight into Spain. Dry shrubby landscape stretching out until the horizon. Not just a horizontal horizon, but one with teeth! Huge glacier covered volcanoes impressed us from far away. With the setting sun, clouds played the role of lava, and we witnessed an eruption without having the urge to evacuate."
SRC: Find out if Marinde Out's dream chaser made it to the festival in Bend and more at: marindeagle.wordpress.com/tag/columbia-river/

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