Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve at Cebu Lounge


New Year's Eve at Cebu Lounge is where the party's at with The Fire Weeds. Mark your calenders for Wednesday, December 31st 2014 for a New Year's Eve with The Fire Weeds, the music starts at 9:30 p.m. and will playing until the New Year. The Fire Weeds play a blend of blues, tinged rock, bluegrass and country, check them out at: www.facebook.com/thefireweeds. Plan your New Year's Eve at Cebu Lounge in Hood River and read more about The Fire Weeds below.
Mixing elements of jam music with tight vocal harmonies and " song-craft', dance-ability is a sure thing. Having spun off of several previous Portland projects, Todd Tracewell (acoustic guitar/vocals) most recently arrived from his group of several years, Prairie Dog Brain Trust, a staple at many local venues. Alan Glickenhaus (guitars/fiddle/banjo/mandolin/vocals) played in several regional groups over the years including Higher Ground and Everyday Dirt.
SRC: Find more about New Year's Eve at Cebu Lounge by visiting: www.riversidehoodriver.com/cebumusic.html

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Year's Eve Winter Gala

Looking for a place to spend New Years Eve Safely? Try the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn for their New Year's Eve Winter Gala. This Winter Gala will be hosted by the White Salmon-Bingen Rotary Club & Soroptimist Int'l of Mt. Adams. Purchase tickets from Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Trellis Fresh Flowers & Gifts, Umpqua Bank, or Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce. Read details of the fun that will be had at the New Year's Eve Winter Gala in Hood River, OR below.
Come Celebrate the New Year with a full sit-down dinner, dancing with music by
Dancehall Days, and a Champagne Toast at Midnight!
Proceeds: Fund Gorge Community Projects including Live Your Dreams Education Awards, the Community Food Bank, Scholarships for high school graduates, dictionaries for third grade students, the Community Youth Center, International Youth Exchange Program, and Christmas for Community Children.
SRC: Contact information and cost of this New Year's Eve Winter Gala can be found at: mtadamschamber.com/event/winter-gala/?instance_id=60541

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Boeing Subsidiary Wins $41 Million Contract from Pentagon

Capt. Michael McKenna, commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage, discusses the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system with Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy for Policy Jodi Greene, center, during a tour of the ship in September. (Navy Media Content Services)

The company Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing has received a $41 Million contract for three RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems. The contract includes the launching and recovery equipment used for the aircraft systems. Watch a video of the Blackjack launch, flight and recapture at: vimeo.com/76883618. Read details about this Northwest based company's victorious aircraft system deal below.
The Blackjack is viewed as a bulkier successor to the Insitu ScanEagle system, as Flightglobal reported this summer. It is equipped with an internal bay and a variety of audio and video surveillance equipment.
The Blackjack appears to be a lucrative platform for Insitu. Flightglobal said the Navy plans to acquire 25 of the systems.
Work on the current contract will be performed in Bingen, the Pentagon said, and is scheduled to be  completed in January 2016. The Navy said the contract was not competitively awarded.

SRC: Learn more about the $41 Million Unmanned Aircraft System Contract at: www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/12/insitu_scores_41_million_navy.html#incart_river

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Top 10 Photos of 2014


The photo above is just one of many beautiful photos taken by Chris Tennant, an Oregon photographer. Chris has had photography opportunities in Oregon, Switzerland, France and New York in 2014. Of all the photo's Chris Tennant has taken throughout the year, 4 of his top ten 2014 photos were taken in the Columbia River Gorge. Please contact Chris Tennant Photography if you are interested in purchasing a piece of his work. Read about Chris Tennants photography experience for 2014 below.
‘Tis the time of year for “Best of” lists. I thought I’d contribute my own in the form of my favorite 10 photographs from 2014. My photography can best be described as “opportunistic”. Often my camera sits in its bag for months at a time. But I usually am able to get out for a dedicated spring and fall photography trip. This spring I thoroughly enjoyed exploring many parts of Oregon; from the rugged coast, to verdant waterfalls and expansive fields of wildflowers. It was an amazing trip and one I hope to repeat in the future. In late summer I had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and France for a work-related conference and managed to fit some photography in. My photographic year concluded with my annual trip to the Adirondacks in New York State to enjoy the fall foliage.
SRC: View the Top 10 2014 Photos by Chris Tennant at: christennantphotography.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/top-10-photos-of-2014/

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Columbia Gorge First Day Hikes


Start off the New Year with a Hike. January 1st, 2015 First Day Hikes will hosting hikes at two Columbia River Gorge locations. One First Day Hike will take place at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The other Columbia River Gorge Hike will take place at Rooster Rock State Park from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Read about First Day Hikes below and we hope to see many Columbia Gorge Hikers in the New Year.
The only things you’ll need for the 25 other hikes are appropriate clothes for the weather, sturdy walking shoes and drinking water. The hikes are free and day-use parking fees are waived Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit.
This is the third year that Oregon State Parks has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America’s State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 420 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.
SRC: Find more Oregon First Day Hikes at: pdxpipeline.com/2013/12/30/free-new-years-day-hikes-oregon-state-parks-coast-columbia-river-gorge-portland-metro-area/
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Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate


If you are looking for a special gift for the photographer in your life then here is a great deal for a Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate. The photography workshop is for the weekend of April 25th and 26th with the photographer Gary Randall. This Gift Certificate would make an excellent present for a photographer who wants to learn more. Read details below for this Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate.
Enjoy exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge in this two day Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop.
Buy the photographer that you care about the ultimate gift. A workshop with Gary Randall in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
This Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate entitles the bearer to attend this workshop.
- See more at: http://www.gary-randall.com/products-page/gift-certificates/columbia-gorge-photography-workshop-gift-certificate/#sthash.YedZDPdn.dpuf
Enjoy exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge in this two day Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop.
Buy the photographer that you care about the ultimate gift. A workshop with Gary Randall in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
This Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate entitles the bearer to attend this workshop.
- See more at: http://www.gary-randall.com/products-page/gift-certificates/columbia-gorge-photography-workshop-gift-certificate/#sthash.YedZDPdn.dpuf
Buy the photographer that you care about the ultimate gift. A workshop with Gary Randall in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
This Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate entitles the bearer to attend this workshop.
SRC: Learn more or purchase this Columbia Gorge Photography Workshop Gift Certificate at: www.gary-randall.com/products-page/gift-certificates/columbia-gorge-photography-workshop-gift-certificate/

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Columbia River Gorge Wine Tour Deal


Hurry, this special Columbia River Gorge Wine Tour deal ends at 6:00 p.m. December 22nd, 2014. Normally a Columbia Gorge Wine tour (includes 3 separate wineries) by way of a luxurious limousine would cost $102. With this limited time deal you could get all this for Only $63, but that deal only lasts until 6 p.m. tonight. Read highlights for this Columbia River Gorge Wine Tour deal below.
Highlights
Take a scenic trip through rustic Pacific Northwest wine country with this deal for a tour by G-Limos. They invite you to treat yourself to a little bit of magic with an unforgettable ride in one of their luxurious limousines.
  • $39 ($102 value) for admission for one to a weekday wine tour of Portland Metro or Columbia River Gorge with tastings
  • $49 ($102 value) for admission for one to a weekend wine tour of Portland Metro or Columbia River Gorge with tastings
  • Professional and punctual
  • Visit three separate wineries on either tour
  • Tasting fees included at partnered wineries
  • Pickup is at prearranged time at central location

SRC: Get this Columbia River Gorge Wine Tour Deal Now at: www.juzdeals.com/us/city/portland-eastside-vancouver/d/76484/wine-tour-portland-metro-columbia-in-portland-eastside-vancouver.html

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sturgeon Fishing in Columbia River Gorge


If you are looking forward to some great Sturgeon Fishing then mark your calender for January 1st, 2015 through March 1st, 2015. The first two months of the year the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River Gorge will we open for a great Sturgeon sport-fishing season. Read details about the New Winter Sturgeon Season for the Bonneville pool below.
Washington and Oregon fisheries officials today adopted the early portion of the Bonneville pool sturgeon sport-fishing season.
Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools all reopen on Jan. 1, then close at different times based on catch guidelines. Sturgeon retention in the lower Columbia River remains closed indefinitely.
Washington and Oregon allow the harvest of 1,100 sturgeon in Bonneville pool annually, split roughly equally between a winter season and angling in mid-June to early July.
Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said anglers in Bonneville pool are projected to catch 420 sturgeon in the 60 days between Jan. 1 and March 1.
Sturgeon fishing generally is better in the west end of Bonneville pool in the winter months, then better in the summer at the east end near The Dalles.

SRC: Read more about the Sturgeon Winter Fishing at: www.columbian.com/news/2014/dec/18/states-adopt-winter-sturgeon-season-bonneville-poo/

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Amazon Smile Foundation


It is the season of giving but someone special has secretly done more than that. Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway has been registered for the Amazon Smile Foundation to receive support. What an amazing gesture someone made and the Amazon Smile Foundation makes it easy to contribute to Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Learn more about the Amazon Smile Foundation below.
You shop. Amazon gives.
  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

SRC: Vist Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway for a direct link to their Amazon Smile at: www.hcrh.org/2014/12/ & Learn more about Amazon Smile at: smile.amazon.com/

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Break Camp


Kids will be on winter break very soon, what are you planing on doing with the kids during your workweek? Why not allow their education to grow while they are having fun at winter break camp with the Discovery Center. Your children will enjoy spending the day at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, where they will be able to explore, engage and ask questions. The details fort this Winter Break Camp are provided for you below.
Now is the time to make plans for the kids during winter break! Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is hosting “Winter Break Camp: A Day at the Museum,” Monday, December 22, from 9 am to 3 pm. During this hands-on day camp, your favorite 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders will walk in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, get up close to bald eagles, owls, and hawks, and risk it all on the Oregon Trail…and that’s before lunch!
Our lively and experienced education team will use interactive games, period demonstrations, arts & crafts, and live birds of prey to “school” your day-campers on 10,000 years of local natural and cultural history, the important role stewardship plays in the future of their own backyard, raptors of the Columbia River Gorge, and much more!
SRC: Space is Limited Register Today at: www.gorgediscovery.org/discover/events/kids-camps/

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Win An Oregon Wintercation


Enter to win a "Wild" experience without the work of hiking 2,663 miles alone. The movie "Wild" staring Reese Witherspoon was filmed in the West Columbia Gorge area. This Wintercation will provide you the beauty of the Columbia Gorge while relaxing and taking in the small town wonders that exist along the Columbia River Gorge. Read what winning this trip would include below.
Win a "Wild" Trip Along the Columbia River Gorge
There's nothing more wild and cozy than snuggling into a room with a view of the Gorge after a full day of visiting its mountains, rivers, trails and experiencing its dining culture. Enjoy this "Wild" extravaganza from Troutdale to Cascade Locks (terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail trek seen in the movie "Wild") and Hood River to The Dalles, stay two nights, and have dinner, a play, and a brew on us!
Prize Package Includes:
Lodging: Activity:
  • Copy of "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed
Dining:
SRC: Enter to Win An Oregon Wintercation at: traveloregon.com/cities-regions/mt-hood-the-gorge/wintercation/

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Bob Ross Oil Painting Class

Troutdale's last Bob Ross Oil Painting Class will be held Wednesday December 17th, from 5:30 - 9:00 in the evening. The Bob Ross Oil Painting theme for the 17th is Cypress Paradise. The Bob Ross Oil Painting Classes are provided through the City of Troutdale's Recreation Programs, Presented by Wet Paints. For information about joining the Cypress Paraidse Oil Painting class call: 503.665.5175 and enjoy the painting.

SRC: Find the Bob Ross Oil Painting Class information and other Troutdale Recreation Programs at: www.ci.troutdale.or.us/recreation/programs.html

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Soderberg Gallery & Studio


You may recognize Heather Söderberg’s work, the Cascade Locks Marine Park features two of her bronze sculptures of Sacagawea and Seaman, from Lewis and Clark history. Söderberg’s Studio is located in Cascade Locks along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Read about this bronze artist below.
The artist is fundamentally alone in the creative process, whether he/she is supported and encouraged by other artists and lovers of art, or is solitary. The inner drama, the complex ebb and flow of feelings, hints and glimpses of images and ideas, the inner drive, urges, promptings and doubts — the often fierce, undeniable, gut-deep need to create — are those of individual artists alone, that they must somehow deal with through visions of the beauty and torment of the world.
Artists are meant to probe heaven and hell, good and evil, beauty and ugliness — the full dimension of life on earth, humanity’s relations with itself, with nature, with God, and the universe, as their personal needs and interests dictate. – Heather Söderberg
SRC: View more pieces of Söderberg’s bronze art at: heathersoderberg.com/

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Grad Prix of Portland


The 2015 Grand Prix of Portland is in danger of not happening due to a lack of sponsor support. The cost of an event such as the Grand Prix of Portland is high, the reasoning for the high cost is the housing of Word Tour teams, funding a headquarters office, a prize purse, permitting fees and more. Nonbox is trying to secure sponsor contracts for this event by March 1st, 2015 in order for this event to occur. Read about the some of the challenges and benefits of having the Grand Prix of Portland could bring below.
Another challenge of planning the route, Toland says, is the presence of light rail and streetcar tracks and Portland’s “compressed geography.” Then there’s the community engagement that has to happen on residential streets through the West Hills. On that note, Toland said the Mayor’s Office has been “tremendously supportive.” “My hat is off to his policy directors, they have off-the-hook enthusiasm and everyone is behind this.”
They have reason to be enthused. A similar race, the 2005 San Francisco Grand Prix, generated an estimated $36 million for that city’s economy. A week-long stage race in Colorado this past summer had a $130 million economic impact.
SRC: Read more about the planning of the Grad Prix of Portland at: bikeportland.org/2014/12/10/grand-prix-bring-big-time-bike-racing-portland-sponsors-step-114686

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Spa at Columbia Gorge Hotel


If you are looking for the most relaxing spa escape in the Columbia Gorge then look no further. The Columbia Gorge Hotel has The Spa for you. Take a drive along the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River to start the relaxation escape. When you arrive to The Spa you can relax while being surround by the pure beauty that is the gorge. Read about the massages offered at The Spa below.
Looking to relax through the age old art of massage therapy? We offer 30, 60 or 90 minutes sessions to calm your mind, relax your body and renew your spirit.
  • Sink into a state of deep relaxation with a hot aromatherapy foot wrap and a soothing, nurturing spa massage. The perfect combination of gentle strokes and therapeutic touch.
  • Or maybe you're a 'no pain, no gain' type of person and really want your therapist to dig deep into those specific areas of tension and adhesions with a deep tissue massage? Our highly skilled therapists know just the right approach to help ease muscle pain.
  • Perhaps the lure of a Hot Stone massage calls to you. You will find that the soothing warmth of the stones goes deep into the tissue without the need for painful pressure. Allow yourself to be transported to another realm - that space between awake and asleep where deep relaxation occurs.
  • And then there is our Raindrop Therapy massage. Several essential oils are applied to your back to boost your immune system and support deep muscle relaxation.  This is followed by a full body relaxation massage to support mind, body and overall wellbeing. 
SRC: View the other services offered at The Columbia Gorge Hotel's Spa at: www.columbiagorgehotel.com/index.php/spa/about-our-spa


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Brewmaster Dinner with Full Sail


Join the Full Sail Brew Pub for a Brewmaster Dinner on December 18th, 2014. This Brewmaster Dinner will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will held at their location in Hood River, Oregon. Come to enjoy a wonderful meal paired with a Full Sail brew. Read details about this Brewmaster Dinner presented by Full Sail Brew Pub below.
Four gourmet courses, each expertly paired with an award-winning Full Sail brew. Our Brewmaster Dinners are held the second Thursday of each month (except for December which is the third Thursday) from October to April at our Brew Pub in Hood River. Chef Mathias Engblom and Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson team up to create four delicious courses each paired with an award-winning Full Sail brew. All for just $40. Service starts at 5PM.
SRC: Contact Full Sail Brew Pub about this Brewmaster Dinner by visiting: www.fullsailbrewing.com/event/december-brewmaster-dinner.cfm

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Valentino Lounge at Columbia Gorge Hotel

While traveling along the Columbia River Gorge you can stop to enjoy an delicious meal without taking a break from the glorious view. At Valentino Lounge you are able to sit outside on the Valentino Terrace to enjoy your lunch or dinner while surrounded by the views of the gorge. Valentino Lounge is located at the Columbia Gorge Hotel and is open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday, and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Read about the history of the Columbia River Hotel below.
The stately site on which the Columbia Gorge Hotel now stands was originally developed in 1904 by Bobby Rand, a Hood River pioneer, as the Wah Gwin Gwin Hotel (a Native American name meaning "rushing water" for the 208' waterfall on the grounds).
These were the days of steamers navigating the waters of the Columbia River from the Cascades to The Dalles. To alert the hotel, the captains would sound the whistle once for each guest he had on board. Maids would then quickly make up the appropriate number of beds.In 1920, Rand sold his interests in the hotel to Simon Benson. Benson had just helped complete what many of the era claimed to be the world's most beautiful road, the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway. Benson's dream was to create an opulent hotel for travelers at the end of this road. He hired some of the same Italian stone masons that had built the highway to embellish his hotel.


SRC: Look at more photos of the Valentino Lounge at the Columbua Gorge Hotel at: columbiagorgehotel.com/index.php/restaurant/valentino-lounge and read more of the History of the Columbia Gorge Hotel at: columbiagorgehotel.com/index.php/the-hotel/history

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Proposal Surprised with Photo


In the photo above is a man asking a woman to marry him at the top of Munra Point in Mt. Hood National Forest along the Columbia River Gorge. This proposal was not planning on being photographed during their big moment but a photographer, Paul Wolfe just happen to be hiking at the right place at the right time. Later after posting the photo on Facebook, people urge the Wolfe to find the couple so they could have the photo of their engagement. Read what happened after Wolfe signed up for a reddit account in attempts to find the couple below.
“I happened upon this marriage proposal on Thanksgiving 2014,” wrote Wolfe on reddit early Wednesday morning. “I have no idea who these folks are, but would like them to have this photograph. If you know someone who got engaged on Munra Point in the Columbia River Gorge, the afternoon of 11/27/2014, please direct them to this picture. Thanks!”
The post received hundreds of comments by Wednesday afternoon as redditors worked their magic. Wolfe said it took only five hours after signing up to be in touch with the best man. And he really will be the best man — he plans to give the couple a print of their special moment on their wedding day.
SRC: Read the full article about the Columbia Gorge Proposal Photo finding it's way to the Engaged Couple at: www.opb.org/news/blog/newsblog/columbia-gorge-proposal-photo-finds-its-way-back-to-engaged-couple/

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Outdoors Enthusiast Gift Ideas


If you know someone who is a Columbia River Gorge Hiker, Fisher or general outdoor enthusiast we have easy gift ideas for you. Headlamps are helpful for hikers, fisherman or anyone who may be outdoors when it's cloudy or getting late. These Headlamps are especially great for when heading back to the car after a hike or camping trip. Another easy gift idea for your Columbia River Gorge hiker is hiking boots or a hiking book. For that huntsman or hunts-woman, fisherman or fisher-woman in your life, perhaps The Boone and Crockett Club First Cookbook would be the perfect gift. Read details about the headlamp below.
Take some of the concern about getting caught in the woods after dark with a headlamp.These are particularly reassuring when cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and it takes longer than anticipated to get back to the car.
With LED lights, these headlamps provide a surprising amount of brightness for a long period of time. Budget about $30 to $50 for a headlamp, plus buy some top-of-the-line lithium batteries ($8 to $10 for four) to power the headlamp.

SRC: For more Columbia River Gorge Outdoors Enthusiast Gift Ideas visit: www.columbian.com/news/2014/dec/04/easy-christmas-gift-ideas-sportsmen/

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


The movie Wild staring Reese Witherspoon was filmed all over the Pacific Northwest. This film was based on the book From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the story of the writers experience in life after divorce and the lost of her mother. This emotionally empowering film is heavily loaded with beautiful background from the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, Ashland, the Bridge of the Gods and more iconic locations in the Pacific Northwest. Read some details about the real woman who hiked over a thousand miles to find herself and the release of the movie her story inspired below.
Nineteen years after Strayed -- broke, newly divorced, and reeling from the death of her mother -- hiked 1,100 miles from the Mojave Desert to the Columbia River, and more than two years after the book was published and became a No. 1 bestseller, Strayed finds herself in a place she never imagined. She's gone from being the Portland author of one novel ("Torch") who wrote an advice column for a website that didn't pay her and published her anonymously ("Dear Sugar") to international fame, millions in good fortune, and friendship with Oprah Winfrey. The release of "Wild" on Dec. 5 (it opens Dec. 12 in Portland) will take everything to another level, but if the stress is straining at Strayed, she's not showing it. She's the one who sent "Wild" to Witherspoon before it was published, the first and most important move that led to the movie being made.
SRC: See photos from the filming of Wild at:  www.oregonlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2014/12/wild_how_reese_witherspoon_tur.html

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

5 Must-See Spots Along the Columbia River Gorge


This is Elowah Falls, along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. In the Photo is Let Birds Fly blogger Bailey. Bailey and her husband Mark love the outdoors and have ranked their 5 Must-See Spots along the Columbia River Gorge. Elowah Falls was their first of five must-see spots, followed by Crown Point, Multnomah Falls, Oneonta Gorge, and finally Horsetail Falls. Read a brief description of Elowah Falls and why Bailey and Mark classified it as a must-see below.
Elowah Falls was my favorite waterfall in the area. This waterfall makes you hike to get to it, but the hike is pretty short and fairly easy. At 213 feet, Elowah Falls is taller than Niagara Falls. The area around the falls is very lush and makes you seem like you’re in a fairy tale.
Why is it a must-see? Elowah Falls is one of the least-visited falls along the Columbia River Gorge. It’s easy to get the whole place to yourself for an hour or more. It is also amazingly beautiful.
SRC: See more photos and descriptions of Must-See Spots along the Columbia River Gorge from Let Birds Fly at: www.letbirdsflyblog.com/5-must-see-spots-columbia-river-gorge/

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Open House at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum


The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is having their annual Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 6th. This Holiday Open House is a great family outing and free all to everyone all day. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the River Gallery will be featuring live music performances by various local performers. Read more details about this Holiday Open House at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum below.
If that’s not enough to get you in the holiday spirit, Santa is scheduled to fly from the North Pole for a visit and a photo op! Additional highlights include complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and cider, kids crafts, Live Birds of Prey shows, and finish (or start) your holiday shopping with a 20% discount on ALL ITEMS in the Columbia River Trading Co., other special discounts and complimentary gift wrapping. A drawing for a free Gift Basket give-away will take place at the end of the day.
SRC: Plan a outing to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum by visiting: www.gorgediscovery.org/event/holiday-open-house/

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals


If your family is looking to take a winter vacation at Mt. Hood this year you're in luck because there are some great deals for you to check out.  Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals has different Vacation deals for you to choose from including Discounted Lift Tickets, Car Rental Discounts, and more. Read about Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals Midweek Ski / Snowboard Specials below.
MIDWEEK SKI / SNOWBOARD SPECIALS Start creating your winter memories with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals' Mid-week Ski/Snowboard Lodging Special. Stay in a Mt. Hood Vacation Rental Sunday – Thursday nights, then get the third night half price and the 4th night is FREE. Plus each person in your party can ski or ride three out of five consecutive days for $99 per person at Mt. Hood Meadows. Valid November 30 - December 13, 2014 and January 5 - March 19, 2015 excluding January 18 & February 15.
SRC: See these specials and View Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals at: www.mthoodrentals.com/site/Specials/4041/Specials.aspx

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Three Lifts Open at Mt. Hood Meadows


For the last two weekends Mt. Hood Meadows has had three ski lifts open for preview riding. Plan your visit to Mt. Hood Meadow to get your chance on the snow with friends or family. Read more about what Mt. Hood Meadows has been doing to create an amazing ski experience for you below.
Meadows received 8 inches of new snow from Saturday's storm (and it's still snowing), bringing the base to 16 inches. Crews are harvesting parking lot snow to build lift ramps and supplement the base. Sunday will be the chance to get some early season runs in, with a $29 lift ticket.
The Meadows parks crew is setting rails, something similar to last weekend with a few twists.
SRC: Read more about these Lift Previews at Mt. Hood Meadows at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2014/11/mt_hood_meadows_has_three_lift.html#incart_river

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1950's Bonneville Dam



This is the 1950's Welcome to the Bonneville Lock and Dam video. This video will educate you on the purpose and amazing history that has been built into the Bonneville Dam. Not only will you see how different video was in the 1950's but you might also notice how much of the Columbia River Gorge and the Bonneville Dam have not changed over the years. Take the family on a visit to the Bonneville Dam to learn more and enjoy this video.

SRC: This video was posted by OSU at: vimeo.com/109067964

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The Resort At The Mountain | All-Inclusive Winter Resort Package

The Resort At The Mountain is offering amazing All-Inclusive Winter Resort Packages at great prices. The Resort At The Mountain provides you with an amazing view, skiing, a golf course, a luxurious spa, family fun sports, on-site activities and great food. Read about their Make Tracks Now package described below.
Make Tracks NowCheck out this all-inclusive ski aficionado’s package – two nights in a crazy, comfortable Fireside guest room, two single day adult lift tickets to Timberline or Skibowl, one night’s dinner for two in Altitude (including two entrees with two non-alcoholic beverages), breakfast for two each morning (including two breakfast entrees  with two coffee or juice) as well as two 50-minute spa treatments. What are you waiting for? Make your reservation, then make tracks to The Resort!
SRC: Find this All-inclusive Ski Package and more like it at: www.theresort.com/special_offers.php


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Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club


The Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club is providing public shows of the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad on November 29th and November 30th, 2014. With a 5,000 foot route from one end to the other it takes a model train more than 25 minutes to travel along the Columbia River Gorge. Don't worry you won't have to wait half an hour to see a train go by, they typically have 8 trains running at the same time. It is only $6 for adults and $2 for kids from ages 3 to 11, and will provide hours of entertainment. Read more about the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad below.
It's a breathtaking sight to walk into the building on N. Vancouver Avenue and immediately become immersed in the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. The layout, which has been built upon since the building's construction in 1982, depicts scenes from a 1950s Portland and beyond, complete with a miniature Union Station built off of the 1893 building's actual blueprints.
SRC: For more information about the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club visit: www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2014/11/a_model_railroad_tradition_in.html

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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.
SRC: Check out the other tours offered at Double Mountain Horse Ranch at: www.ridinginhoodriver.com/Rates___Reservations.php

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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.

SRC: Sign up for a cooking class or check out Celilo's menu at: www.celilorestaurant.com/events/

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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 www.facebook.com/MtHoodMuseum and www.facebook.com/UncagetheSoulProductions.

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HIKE IT BABY


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 hikeitbaby.com/find-a-hike/ 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!
Details
Event Categories:
    Fast Paced Walks, Trail Hike
Hike Leader
    Amy Gibson
Phone:
    503-314-0091
Email:
    Gibson.amyg@gmail.com
Other
Level of Hike
    Blue (carrier/stroller)
Length of Hike
    3.5 miles
Toddler or new walker friendly
    No
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?
    Yes
Changing Table/Station Available
    Unsure
Additional Gear Suggestions
    Rain gear
Dogs Allowed
    Yes 
SRC: Sign up for this hike or others for you and your baby at: hikeitbaby.com/hike/1000-acres-dog-park-trail-hike/2014-11-26/

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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!
SRC: Find information for Christmas with VOCI and Friends at: gorgeculture.org/calendar/

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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.”       

SRC: Watch another video featuring the Kiyokawa Family Orchards at: sites.oregonstate.edu/beaver-nation/everywhere/gorge/

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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.”
SRC: Find more about OSU's Adventure Leadership Institute at: sites.oregonstate.edu/beaver-nation/everywhere/gorge/

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Columbia River Gorge by Oregon State University



The Oregon State University released this video and in an instant you can see why the Columbia River Gorge is a must see destination. The beauty of the Gorge is undeniable, the opportunity for adventure is limitless and the inspiration to engage in this environment is addictive. Read a description from the Oregon State University below, and do not cheat yourself out of viewing this amazing video.
The Columbia River Gorge is full of magic. The roughly 80-mile canyon — stretching east from the mouth of the Sandy River in Troutdale to the confluence of the Deschutes River just east of The Dalles — forms the boundary between Oregon and Washington. The scenery — with the mile-wide river, multiple waterfalls, towering Mount Hood and a landscape that transforms from lush forests to dry grasslands as you travel east — can take your breath away, even if you’re just driving through. Lewis and Clark passed through on their transcontinental journey in 1805, and today the gorge attracts visitors from around the world, including wind surfers and kite boarders who take advantage of its strong, steady winds. Agriculture was — and is — a cornerstone of the economy, with hundreds of family-owned apple, pear and cherry orchards, plus a burgeoning wine industry and craft-brewing community. But the gorge is also fast becoming a center of industry, including aerospace, high tech and energy.   
SRC: See what else OSU is doing at: sites.oregonstate.edu/beaver-nation/everywhere/gorge/

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Veterans Day Sales in Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets


Plan ahead with this weekends Veterans Day Sales in the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets. Most of the stores in the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets will be participating in some major sales for this holiday weekend. Get that holiday shopping started early this year and you'll be grateful when you see those crazy lines build up. Some of the deals include: ADIDAS November 5-11th will have 30% off Store wide and Eddie Bauer Outlet November 7-11th will have 40%-70% off entire store. Not sure what stores are located in the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlet? We have provided you a list below, happy savings.
Designer Fashions & Sportswear
    Adidas
    Christopher & Banks NEW
    Destination Maternity Outlet
    Eddie Bauer Outlet
    Gap Factory Store
    Jockey
    Jones New York
    L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex
    Lane Bryant Outlet
    Levi's Outlet Store
    Loft Outlet
    Maidenform
    Pendleton NEW
    Rue21
    Tommy Hilfiger
    Van Heusen
For Children
    Carter's
    Gymboree Outlet
    OshKosh B'gosh
Shoes
    Adidas
    Clarks Bostonian
    Famous Footwear Outlet
    G.H. Bass & Co. - Footwear
    Naturalizer
    Rack Room Shoes NEW
    Vans
Fine Leather & Luggage
    Coach
    Coach Men's
    Samsonite
Accessories & Jewelry
    Claire's
    Coach
    Coach Men's
    Zales Outlet
Housewares & Home Furnishings
    Kitchen Collection
Gifts & Specialty Items
    Book Warehouse NEW
    Christian Outlet
    Go! Calendars & Games NEW
    Harry & David
    Perfumania
    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
    Tools & More NEW
    Toys"R"Us Express NEW
    Uniform Destination
    Vitamin World
   Food
    Hickory Farms NEW
    Subway
SRC: View more store specific Sales & Events for the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets at: www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/sales.asp?id=28


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2014 Columbia Gorge Marathon Finish List


The Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon was an amazing success. The 2015 Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon is already open for registration, so no excuses for lack of time to prepare, you have an entire year. The 2015 Columbia Gorge Marathon will be held October 25th. Take a look below to view the Top 10 Males and Females who finished the 2014 Columbia Gorge Marathon.
Male Participants
1. Danny Connolly 2:53:47
2. Joshua Monda 2:55:27
3. Francisco Maya 2:58:02
4. Taylor Halverson 3:01:56
5. Kris Cohen 3:08:35
6. Joeseph Pitt 3:13:37
7. Shane Land 3:15:38
8. Jonathan Seiber 3:16:18
9. Aaron Wheelock 3:17:19
10. Eric Kelso 3:22:47
Female Participants
1. Jax Koudele 3:09:53
2. Jane Rudkin 3:15:38
3. Maya Lovlien 3:22:26
4. Monica Lawrnce 3:33:30
5. Ally Bray 3:33:42
6. Annarose Pandey 3:37:06
7. Lorrie Chinn 3:37:26
8. Maryelizabeth Breton 3:40:46
9. Angie Eastman 3:42:13
10. Heidi Hagman 3:45:35
SRC: Looking for a specific Participant? Find out how they did at: onlineraceresults.com/race/view_race.php?race_id=44285&submit_action=Refresh+Leaders&num=10&split=TIME#racetop

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Chinook Salmon Heading Home


The Chinook Salmon is also known as the King Salmon. The Chinook Salmon are the largest Salmon found in the Columbia River. The average adult is 22 pounds but at the Bonneville Dam these fish weighing 40-50 pounds can be viewed in the fish ladders. Chinook Salmon are passing the lower Columbia River through the dams from August to November, if you hurry to the Bonneville Dam you can catch a glimpse of the last Salmon travelers of the season heading home. Read some distinguishing characteristics of the Chinook Salmon below.
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Large Size
  • Oval Body
  • Silver in color until close to spawning when the males turn a dark "dirty" maroon hue or red color.  The females become darker silver to almost black
  • Spots on the upper portion of body and on the tail or 'caudal fin'
  • Crescent shape end tail
  • Black gum line

SRC: Learn more about the Chinook Salmon at: www.columbiarivergorge.info/fish.html

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How to Prepare for a Hike in the Forest


In the Photo above is Skip Tschanz in search of the newest greatest hiking trail. He spent his summer hiking in the forest roaming the trails in the Columbia River Gorge and the Mount Hood areas. When someone spends that much time out hiking they are sure to have some helpful advice for inspired hikers. Check out his helpful suggestions below of how to keep your hikes safer and more enjoyable.
On the trail: Stay found, know where you are. Check your map at every fork in the trail. Walk a few paces in your new direction and look behind you so that you will recognize the trail you came in on.
As a matter of habit, every once in a while I’ll take a look back in the direction I am coming from. Here is another mistake that beginning hiker can make: Often hikers take a lunch break at their turn around point. They sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery, food and good company. Then they repack their stuff; and head off in the wrong direction; hiking away from their car, not towards it. More than a few folks have spent a cold night in the woods because they were busy gabbing, not busy thinking. If you get turned around in the Gorge; find Trail 400, it will always take you back to the highway.
Here goes the end of my random thoughts. Forgot your compass? An analog watch will make a workable substitute. Point the hour hand at the sun, and then draw a line between that and the 12 o’clock mark. That line will point north. If you have a digital watch just draw an analog watch on a piece of paper. Adjust your watch for standard time if it is set for daylight savings time.
How long will I have daylight? Stretch your right arm out, holding your hand horizontal so that your pointer finger is just below the sun.
You will have about 15 minutes for each finger between the sun and the horizon.

SRC: Find more helpful tips for preparing for a Hike at: www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2014/oct/25/wandering-forest-roads-hunt-greatest-hiking-trail/

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New Website for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum


The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Museum has received a major face-lift for their website and soon their membership cards and everything else that follows. The new look is a reflection of their historical association with Lewis and Clark, as stated in their about us web page "The area includes one of the oldest continuously occupied areas in North America (over 11,000 years), immediate proximity to one of the largest rivers on the continent, and access to the Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trails." This is a fun and beautiful new website for the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, read more about this new website below.
The rebranding was undertaken by WebRock Design, a Pacific Northwest-oriented branding and website design company. “We were particularly excited to give the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum a profile boost because it’s part of our own community,” says founder Alexa Shuman. “We’re proud to encourage more ‘PNW natives’ and visitors learn about this amazing region’s history and ecology.”
The organization’s offerings remain the same, with interactive multimedia exhibits, outdoor activities, and daily live Birds of Prey shows. “Over the coming months, all of our marketing collateral will be updated, starting with our website,” says May. Members’ cards will similarly be updated to reflect the new brand. “We owe thanks to the Paul Allen Family Foundation for the generous grant that funded this project,” notes Carolyn Purcell, Executive Director. “It’s really about continuing to offer the most memorable interpretive experience possible.”

SRC: Read more about the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum's new website at: www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12278533.htm

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dry Creek Falls

If you want to visit Dry Creek Falls you'll start your hike at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead located off the Cascade Locks exit from the I-84 going East along the Columbia River Gorge. This hike is easy to do and fun for the entire family. The total distance is 4.4 mile with an elevation gain of 710 feet. No matter the time of year or the severity of the weather it is never dry at Dry Creek Falls. Learn more about the Dry Creek Falls hike below.
This hike starts you at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead. From the trailhead, cross the road and head up the Pacific Crest Trail parallel to I-84. Watch out for an old safety fence here that encroaches the trail and is now more of a hazard than a help. In about 1/10 of a mile, you'll come to Moody Street as it crosses under the freeway. Walk the road uphill to the right for a bit, under the freeway. When the road angles left, go straight ahead on a gravel road a short distance to twin trailheads. Altogether the road walking here is about 100 yards. The trail to the right is the Gorge Trail headed toward the Ruckel Creek Trail and the Eagle Creek Campground. You'll take the trail to the left, which is the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Crest Trail heads gradually uphill, never too steep, through a pretty, dappled sun kind of forest. In the spring, forest wildflowers including columbines are common here. About 1 mile in, you'll come to a powerline access road. Turn right here and follow the road a short distance under the powerlines to the resumption of the trail. Soon after the powerline road, you'll come to a minor summit and the trail begins a gradual descent to Dry Creek. This section of trail heads gradually downward through an interesting area of large lava boulders and trees for almost another mile.
At Dry Creek, the trail comes to another dirt road. This one seems to be open to normal traffic, at least I saw a small, 2 wheel drive pickup last time I was there. The Crest Trail crosses the road and then crosses Dry Creek on a wooden bridge. To get to Dry Creek Falls, instead of crossing the bridge, turn right here and head up the road about 2/10 of a mile to the falls. At the end of the road, there's a car turnaround and a fire pit. 
SRC: Find more photos and information about Dry Creek Falls at: www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Dry_Creek_Falls_Hike

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Buck Point Hike


If you like a little more adventure in your hike then the Buck Point Hike may be the ideal trail for you. Buck Point Hike starts at the Eagle Creek Trailhead and requires the finding of the 'real' Buck Point Trailhead. If found this hike is 1.8 miles round trip with 570 feet elevation gain resulting in an overall difficulty level of moderate. This hike is available year round and is family friendly, ending at viewpoints of the Columbia River Gorge. Read details about the Buck Point Hike below.
The hardest part of the Buck Point Hike might be finding your way to the "real" trailhead. Parking isn't available there, so you'll need to park at the Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge. You'll start by heading up the paved campground road for a bit, until you see a sign for Gorge Trail 400. The Gorge Trail climbs to the top of a bluff, then travels next to a protective fence for a ways. At a fork, take the right path signed for Buck Point. The left fork heads down to the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. After passing a second fence, you'll find yourself at Campsite 11. Walk towards the right on the road and turn left on another road at Campsite 10. Between Campsites 5 and 6, you'll find a large sign reading "Buck Point Trail"
The sign says you have 3/4 of a mile to go, but it's closer to 0.4 miles. Hike up through a series of switchbacks through the forest. Near the top, you'll break out into a power line clearing. Just past an unmarked junction with Ruckel Ridge Trail, you'll arrive at Buck Point. Enjoy the views. 
SRC: Find more information and maps for the Buck Point Hike at: www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Buck_Point_Hike

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Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike


A very popular hike in the Columbia River Gorge is the Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike. These tunnels had been used from 1921 until 1954 in order to get through the high rock point. In 2000 the tunnels were reopen for tourist use after rebuilding and resurfacing the road. Now you can enjoy the Mosier Twin Tunnels with a moderately difficult hike. This hike is 8.5 mile round trip with a 1000 foot elevation gain. Not only is this a great family hike, but it is also a great location for some once in a lifetime photo opportunities. Read details about the Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike below.
From the parking lot, head up the paved track into woods of Douglas-fir and big-leaf maple with some oaks. The road drops and is lined by maples on the river side. Pass a trickling waterfall on a shady face. There’s a picnic table here. The road drops along a walled section that gives views of the river. The road continues to drop and reenters woods with some views. Then the path rises past an prominent outcrop on the left, with a large pond in an old quarry area. A gravel path leads left at the top of the rise. Walk up and get great views looking east across meadows with blooming serviceberry bushes. This area is fenced. From the fence, you can also look out over the pond in the old quarry.
The road drops from this point and then rises again. There’s a viewpoint of Eighteenmile Island, and then there’s a long wooded downhill stretch leading to a view of Eighteenmile Island and Coyote Wall. The road rises to the covered Twin Tunnels Catchment Structure at the west portal to the tunnels and then enters the two tunnels proper. The second tunnel has two windows, known as adits, looking out over the river. There are outside viewpoints now blocked to the public. Past the second window (and MP 72) is a message scratched into the rock by a 1921 hunting party that was snowbound here.
SRC: Read more about the Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike at: www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Mosier_Twin_Tunnels_Hike

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