Tuesday, April 29, 2014

First Friday Has Arrived

Kick off for Hood River's First Friday is May 2nd at 5pm. In May through October
the first Friday of the month will be when downtown Hood River will be lined up with wine tasting, boutiques, galleries, and the mood setting live music. Enjoy!

SRC: Visit KTVZ for contact information for Hood River's First Friday.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

National Forest Recreation ePass Online

Great news, just go to discovernw.org and you can purchase and print your National Forest Recreation Pass from the convenience of your own home. All you need is the date and vehicle to be driven for your trip. Read more details below.
After buying an ePass, recreationists have two days to print the pass before it expires. This allowed people to use their mobile devices to buy the pass and then have time to access a print.
There are 31 trailheads, boat ramps and locations in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest where day-use passes are required. Included are the Goose Lake and Coldwater Lake boat ramps, plus Ape Canyon, Ape Cave, Lahar, Lava Canyon and Climbers Bivouac on the south side of Mount St. Helens.
SRC: Read more on purchasing ePass The Columbian here. 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Download Columbia River Gorge Book

Interested in learning all you can about the Columbia River Gorge. Get the Moon Spotlight Columbia River Gorge Book for FREE, download PDF link here. Read a description of what this book has to offer below.
Moon Spotlight Columbia River Gorge is a 60-page compact guide covering the best of this spectacular geological wonder of the Pacific Northwest. Award-winning travel writer Ericka Chickowski offers her firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and transportation, making navigating this region of incredible wilderness and artistic attractions uncomplicated and enjoyable.
SRC:  Google has easy to download pdf, download yours here. 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hood River Valley in April

The apple, pear and cherry orchards of the Hood River Valley spread beneath the northern slope of 11,245-foot Mount Hood. (Photo by Barb Gonzalez)
Hood River Valley is a must see, and April is a fantastic time to see it. This is a great place to get fresh grown fruit, check out when the best time is to come taste your favorites.

July: cherries and apricots
August: peaches, Bartlett pears and Gravenstein apples
September: Anjou pears, Bosc pears, red and Golden Delicious apples
October: heirloom and honeycrisp apples

Read more great things to check out while in Hood River below.
A city of about 7,500 people, Hood River is well known not only for its orchards, but as an international hub for wind surfing and kiteboarding on the Columbia River. The top venue for those water sports is Hood River Waterfront Park, across Interstate 84 from the downtown sector.
But the most surprising attraction in town is three miles south of downtown, in the orchard-rich valley. Locals know it as “WAAAM,” an acronym for the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.
Lodged in a historic bank building, its Grecian columns rising high above Hood River’s main street, this combination art gallery, wine and tapas bar displays an intriguing variety of creations — canvas, metal, fabric — including co-owner Claudia Lane’s own collection of 1960s’ psychedelic concert posters.  

SRC: Learn even more about what Hood River has to off here.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Water's Edge Fitness Festival

Water's Edge Fitness Festival
Water's Edge Fitness Festival starts Saturday morning, May 3rd. Competitors will take a 5K run, 30K bike and then a 5K run duath-lon through the Columbia River Gorge, for some fun fitness in a beautiful friendly environment. Read more details below. 
The run will be an out and back course on Riverfront Trail.Starting at the Discovery Center, runners will head east to the Taylor Lakes region.Upon their return, runners will transition onto bikes and head west on the Historic Columbia River Highway to the Rowena Lookout.From there, they will turn around and return to the Discovery Center and retrace the run course a second time.The Half Marathon and 10K run will start after the duathlon and take competitors along the Columbia River trail.Scenic views of the gorge and aid stations will keep runners moving along.
SRC: Read the full article from The Dalles Chronicle here. Visit Water' Edge website here.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Largest National Scenic Area in America

The US Congress has recognized the Gorge as a National Scenic Area, the largest in America. So it is rightfully named a Wonder of Oregon. Learn more about this amazing place below.

Just a short drive from Portland, you’ll find the amazing view from Crown Point, where you can see the mighty Columbia nestled in the Gorge unfurl before your very eyes. Multnomah Falls and dozens of other falls like Horsetail, Ponytail and Bridal Veil line the way along the Historic Columbia River Highway. In the town of Hood River, you’ll find hand-scooped ice cream, hand-crafted beer, windsurfing, kiteboarding and parasailing. There’s the view from Rowena Crest, the loop up and around Dog Mountain and browsing the shelves of the oldest bookstore in all of Oregon in The Dalles – not to mention the world of wine you’ll find in just a 40 mile stretch.

SRC: Check out the full article from JupiterPDX here.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival

Dicentra Designs – Photo Courtesy of Lesa Hanners
Friday, April 18th at 4pm through Sunday April 20th is the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival. Hundreds of fiber enthusiast will be heading to Best Western Hood River Inn for the 4th Annual Showing. Read details below.
The show boasts a marketplace with more than 25 artisan vendors from around the Pacific Northwest, including hand-dyed yarn and fiber artists, locally grown fiber, and even a creamery which will be offering both fiber and cheese from its farm.
In addition to the market, attendees can find workshops ranging from knitting to rigid heddle weaving. A new addition this year will be free demos in knitting, drop-spindle spinning, and rigid heddle weaving, which will run in the marketplace during show hours.
SRC: Read full article from Hood River News and Visit the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival's website, for more information.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Biking The Seven Wonders of Oregon

Bike The Seven Wonders of Oregon
Interested in biking the Seven Wonders of Oregon? They are bicycle friendly, check out the article from Ride Oregon that gives the biker friendly guide for riding the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Read details below.

Some of the wonders, such as the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge, are bikeable themselves. Others, including the Painted Hills and Smith Rock, welcome cyclists with nearby mountain biking trails and wide-open, low-traffic roads.
The majestic Columbia River Gorge is the nation’s largest National Scenic Area. You can cycle along this wonder on the 73-mile Historic Columbia River Highway, or take to the hills — Gorge mountain biking is some of the best you’ll find anywhere.
SRC: Full article from Ride Oregon

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Watershed Festival Date is Nearing

August 1-3 2014, is this years Watershed Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater. Lady Antebellum is confirmed, as well as Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Chase Rice and more. Get your tickets, August is only a summer away.
"Each time we try and top ourselves and do better than the previous year, and 2014 is no exception. We're looking forward to another fun and crazy weekend with top notch talent." 
More acts are expected to be announced soon. 
SRC: For full list of acts for Watershed visit RTT NEWS. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

American Empress in Columbia River Gorge

Seven-day, one-way itineraries between Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington are available for cruising on the American Empress. This vessel has beautiful art to admire inside with the breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge outside. An experience not to be missed. Read more about this cruise below.
Combine that with the rugged outdoorsy-ness of the region, and there seems to be less pressure on the paddlewheeler to be anything too fussy or even anything beyond a reasonable means of transport through this wondrous landscape.
But of course, the American Empress is much more than an adequate vessel.

Having learned from the relaunch of the 436-passenger American Queen in 2012, the executive team at AQSC has allowed that this project was far easier and the launch far smoother than that of the American Queen
SRC: View more pictures and read more about what the American Empress has to offer from Travel Weekly. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Perfect Weekend in Hood River

Src: Kyle Johnson for The New York Times        
The New York Times has taken notice of Oregon's Hood River and put together an amazing 36 hours of entertainment for a weekend adventure. This weekend schedule includes viewing waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge, visiting the microbreweries, catching some wind on the water, the best places to grab a bite to even and even where to get your morning cup of Joe. Check out a sample of this easy weekend guide below.
5. Wind and Water | NoonEat lunch on the drive back down and head to Big Winds on Front Street, or the Big Winds Event Site Beach Center on the Columbia River, open mid-May to late September. Stand-up paddleboard rentals ($35 for two hours) and lessons with gear included ($49) are available daily, so hop on and paddle along the waterfront, or across the river on low-wind days. Up the ante with windsurf rentals ($25 for two hours for beginners; $55 for advanced) and lessons ($79) and head to the 20-plus launch locations up and down the river, including the famed Hatchery, where the pros catch big air. Afterward, stop in at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar to replenish with a Country Girl Cherry Pizza with chorizo and goat cheese ($13) and local wine.
SRC: Read New York Times full 36 hours in Hood River for the other 30 hours of fun.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Great Turn Out for Wheatfield Run

Wheatfield run generates record crowd

Last weekends Wheatfield Run in The Dalles was a success. This Wheatfield 3k, 8k, half marathon at Petersburg School pulled in a record number of 200 participates this year. Check out some of the top finishing times below.
The 3k race saw some of the closest times with the top-9 finishers coming in less than two minutes apart.
Cole Kortge proved to be on his game to headline the boy’s division with a final tally of 13 minutes and four seconds.
Right behind him was Rhett Mosqueda (13:23), John Iremonger (13:49), Luke Petroff (14:11, Cullen Bryant (14:14), Gabe Petroff (14:38), Will Booth (14:39) and Paul Kelly (14:39).
In the girl’s portion, Antonia Swan had no issues staking claim to her blue ribbon as she crossed the tape in an impressive 13:32.

SRC: Find out the rest of the run times from The Dalles Chronicle.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

New Wine Tasting Room Open Weekends

Analemma Wines
Analemma Wines in Mosier Valley, has opened a new wine tasting room. It is open on weekend from 10am to 5pm, and best of all the $10 tasting fee is refunded with the purchase of one of their bottles of wine. Read more about what Analemma Wines has to offer below.
Analemma Wines tasting room is located at 1120 State Road just south of Mosier. Current releases include a 2011 pinot noir, a 2012 ros├ę of pinot noir and two distinct 2012 gew├╝rztraminers. 
Nestled among the cherry orchards of the Mosier Valley, Analemma Wines is an hour drive from Portland and less than a 20-minute drive from Hood River and The Dalles. Analemma Wines will also be participating in the Gorge Passport, with events happening every weekend throughout the month of April. Vineyard tours will also be available by appointment only. 
SRC: Read More About the Opening of Analemma Wine's New Tasting Room from Oregon Live.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Improving the Columbia River Gorge

BNSF Railroad is upgrading its rail lines across the nation including the Columbia River Gorge rail segment. Last year $125 million was spent by the railroad along the Columbia River segment, and this year they are expected to exceed that amount. Read more about these improvements below.
The work between Vancouver and Wishram, 90 miles to the east, will include a replacement of the 106-year-old Washougal River bridge east of Camas. That work begins this year and will be mostly finished by the end of next year, Melonas said
"The backbone of an efficient and safe rail operation is a strong track structure," he said.
The railroad says it intends to hire 100 workers in Vancouver for jobs including track maintenance, signal and mechanical operations workers, and conductor trainees. Melonas said. The Vancouver terminal currently has about 750 employees, he said.
SRC: Read the full article from the Columbia

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Timbet Winds from Corbett, OR

Corbett Oregon has put up a copy of Timber Winds Volume 1. No. 1 on their website for everyone to enjoy. This is a blast to the past, originally published in the fall of 1980. Practically the Corbett history book, some articles going back to 1936 with great photos that really show the history. Some titles within this book include: 'TEACHING AT CORBETT IN 1936', 'WOODWORKER', 'LOGGING WITH HORSES AND SKIDROADS' and so many more great stories in the 44 pages of Corbett, OR history.

Check out Timber Winds Volume 1. No. 1 at CorbettOregon.com

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Camping in the Columbia River Gorge

For some people it may be a bit too early in the year for camping, but not for Lisa and Andrew. All the way from Seattle, they came down to the Columbia River Gorge just to spend a couple days exploring, hiking, and to see what there was to see. Their trip included the Yakima River Canyon, the Goldendale observatory, the Umtanum Recreation Area, Beacon Rock State Park, Maryhill State Park, Trout Lake and so much more. Read a bit about their adventure below.
On the second day, we made our way down the gorge, stopping for a little hike along the Deschutes River, then lunching at a roadside overlook near The Dalles, Washington after our first two choices (both nearby parks) were, once again, closed for the season. In the afternoon, we drove out of the gorge toward Mt. Adams, exploring the area a bit and getting some great views of the mountain.
SRC: Read about Lisa and Andrew's entire trip with great photos at Off The Written Path

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hiking for Trillium in the Columbia River Gorge

Trillium's in the Columbia Gorge
Trillium is not just another forest flower, it signifies that better weather is on the way. After the snow clears the Trillium is one of the first wildflowers to appear in many places. She lets the forest know it is time to wake up and lets the hikers know that the mud will soon dry. Read more interesting reasons to keep an eye out for this wildflower in the Columbia River Gorge.
You’ll see the flowers in early spring in any forested area; late March and early April are prime time. Trilliums thrive on well-watered, undisturbed hillsides. You might even have them in your backyard. But there’s nothing like seeing broad swaths of them, especially during hikes that offer their own intrinsic rewards.
The greater Portland area is one of the best places to see these flowers in the wild. And the Columbia Gorge’s steep, waterfall-splashed and sun-dappled slopes are perfect habitat for both the flowers and the hikers who love them.
SRC: Check out the Seattle Times for the entire article.

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