Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Larch Mountain Trail

Larch Mountain is available to hike, but if you want to experience this natural wonder please do so in the next month or so, while it's beauty is still visible. As the weather turns for winter, the days grow shorter and sights are harder to view from Larch Mountain. If your on the fence of wither you should make a go of Larch Mountain this year or not, read the review below and your decision may be easier to make.
“One of the lesser known natural attractions near Portland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014
Every time I visit this place I say I should come more. It takes about 40 minute drive from Portland to get to the top. The last 14 miles are up hill winding good paved road brings you to about 4000 ft height from Hwy 84 by the Columbia River. From the parking lot you have access to picnic spots, hike trails or follow nice paved path to spot at very top and a stone structure/platform that is above it all. You can see from this all the mountains around you in all directions vis well marked brass plaques with names and distance from you. One a hot day you lose 20 degrees so enjoy natures A/C. At night it is perfect dark sky spot other than aircraft heading for PDX. Last night July 28 we saw 10-15 meteors an hour between 11- 2am. This area is open when snow allows only. It is part of Mt. Hood National Forest, with pay for day use and has day use toilets, but forget them at night as not in parking area. Take flash or head mount lights, warm clothes and seating if going after
dark to see the milky way or hike path to top. Enjoy this treasure as I know you will. Also be quiet and respect others trying to enjoy the solitude here. You will see satellites, meteors and watch as stars wink as bats fly above.
Ron of Portland, Oregon

SRC: Read reviews like the one above for Larch Mountain at: www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g51815-d3526320-Reviews-Larch_Mountain-Corbett_Oregon.html#REVIEWS

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The Vista House

Located at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge it is remarkable how much beauty your eyes can see from The Vista House. It was built at the same time as Highway 30 (Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway) in 1916. The Vista House offers ADA accessible viewpoints, exhibitor information, and restrooms, as well as a non ADA accessible picnic area. Read below for the current and future schedule for visiting The Vista House.

Vista House Current Hours:
Vista House is open 9 am - 6 pm, weather permitting
Upcoming Hours:
Starting Monday 10/6/14 will be 10 am - 4 pm, weather permitting.
Starting Monday 11/3/14 Vista House will be open WEEKENDS ONLY, 10 am - 4 pm, weather permitting.

SRC: Find more information about The Vista House at: www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=108

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Bridal Veil Falls State Park

Bridal Veil Falls State Park provides you the opportunity to experience being behind the water as it is falling. This beautiful State Park has some ADA accessible hiking trails, restrooms and exhibitor information. Also provided at this park, but not ADA accessible are viewpoints and picnicking areas. There are two parts to Bridal Veil Falls State Park, upper and lower, both should be experience at some point in time. Read about the upper and lower trails of Bridal Veil Falls below.

The upper trail takes visitors around the precipice of the cliffs of the Gorge. Sign boards along the trail point out distinctive native wild plants that grow abundantly in this area such as camas, lupine, bead lilly, trillium and bleeding heart. The trail is fenced beautifully with logged beams and wire to protect visitors along the viewpoint while maximizing every vantage point of the magnificent view of the Gorge. The famous geologic edifice known as the Pillars of Hercules, a 120-foot basalt tower once used as a training site for mountain climbing, can be seen best from the upper trail at Bridal Veil.
The lower trail at Bridal Veil takes the visitor downhill to the base of Bridal Veil Falls and is about a mile round trip to the falls and back. Although short, this is a steep little trail full of switchbacks and is not wheelchair accessible. Along the way are a few unwanted wild plants of this area -- such as poison oak -- so keep on the path. Do not attempt to walk along the bridge over the Historic Highway to view the falls. The road here is a narrow two-lane passage with absolutely no sidewalk. PLEASE view the falls from the trail.
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Guy W. Talbot State Park

Guy W. Talbot State Park has great attractions to offer all year round. Things to do at Guy W. Talbot include hiking and picnicking. This park provides flushing towlets, view points and exhibitor information. This Oregon State Park is is rich in history and only a few minutes walking distance from Latourelle Falls. Read details about the history of Guy W. Talbot State Park below.
Guy Webster and Geraldine Talbot gave the original 125 acres in 1929. Guy W. Talbot (1873-1961) was president of Pacific Power and Light Company and lived on the tract at the time of the gift. Multnomah County gave additional land in 1935, and sold further acreage to the state in 1952. Lands also were given by the Eva Larson Estate. The balance of the property was purchased from various owners up to 1984. Some of the park's early development was carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1935.
SRC: Learn more about Guy W. Talbot State Park at: www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=112

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Cedar Place Salon

Cedar Place Salon goes above and beyond by customizing your nails and hair exactly how you want yet better than you could have imagined. This licensed nail salon requests appointments to be made prior to your arrival, but once you experience the friendly atmosphere and amazing service you may never want to leave. Get the contact and safety information for Cedar Place Salon below.
2611 S Troutdale Rd Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 667-1685
Beauty Salon Open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Appointment only private salon, specializing in custom nails. Salon Safety First This salon operates above state standards in Sanitation/Disinfection. One time use implements, files and tub liners used for your safety. Professional implements sanitized/disinfected. 
Call to make an appointment, no walk ins excepted.  
SRC: View more of Cedar Place Salon's work at: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cedar-Place-Salon/335916066444196?sk=timeline

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rare Earth Adventures

Rare Earth Adventures in Troutdale provides people access to unique high performance experiences with trained guides. These opportunities vary in location around the world, such as Morocco, Mexico and Mt Kilimanjaro. They also have local Mountaineering adventures at Mt Adams, Mt Olympus, Mt St Helen's and more. Rare Earth Adventures is currently offering tickets for the Real Rock 9: Valley Uprising, a documentary about the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park. Read more about this epic documentary below.
Narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, the film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and interviews with Yosemite greats — from pioneers like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill and John Long to cutting edge modern athletes like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold. Valley Uprising tells the story of the bold men and women who broke with convention and redefined the limits of human possibility in America’s legendary national park.
SRC: Learn more about Real Rock 9 and Rare Earth Adventures at: www.rareearthadventures.com

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Troutini in Troutdale

Special Vegan Dessert from Troutini
Troutdale's Troutini is the place to be for great food, great martinis, and amazing customer service. Their signature cocktail, The Trout Tini a delicious layered martini and a must try. They also offer exquisite wines and a wide variety of beers to choose from. What makes Troutini a local favorite is the customer service. One customer reviewed on Yelp that the "Chef did a special vegan dessert for us!!  What a commitment to service!!!" Read about another person's experience at Troutini below.
We celebrated my wife's birthday last night and decided to give this little spot in Troutdale a try from the recommendation of my daughter and son-in-law.  We were simply blown away by the amazing menu and wonderful service.  Simple, quiet, relaxing, and everything you would expect of a 5 star restaurant.  We will make this our new favorite place for special events and recommend to everyone we know.  Our thanks to the owner and her wonderful staff.
SRC: Find more impressed customer reviews for Troutini at: www.yelp.com/biz/troutini-troutdale

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Always Perfect Catering

Weddings, corporate events, parties, or any special occasion where catering may be desired, Always Perfect Catering can be there. Depending on the budget and preference they are able to accommodate the menu for organic or local ingredients, as well as suggest what may be best for your specific type of event. Read about one person's experience with Always Perfect Catering below.

I wish there was an extra star for those who go above and beyond...Let me tell you, Michelle at Always Perfect Catering lives up to her name 110%! She was the calmest, sweetest, most amazing vendor at my wedding. Her and her crew were extremely professional. And will accommodate you every need. For example; our plates we had were too small, as was our budget for renting larger ones. On my wedding day I showed up, and everyone was eating on full sized plates! She knew that the others would be too small, and brought larger ones just in case! Who does that??!! Oh yeah, the food was DELICIOUS! I have received countless complements from guests on how amazing it was. And fantastically priced.

If you go with always perfect, it will be!
Jessica Portland, OR
SRC: If your still on the fence with Always Perfect Catering, read more reviews at: www.yelp.com/biz/always-perfect-catering-troutdale
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J Gelati Italian Ice & Frozen Custard

J Gelati Italian Ice & Frozen Custard in located in Troutdale in the Cherry Park Shopping Center. J Gelati allows you to choose flavors of Italian Ice and Frozen Custard to make your custom Gelati flavor. There are suggested combinations for you to try as well as other fun treats. This is a great place to take the kids for that special treat they will ask for again and again. Read what one Gelati fan had to say about her experience below.
Just went here for the 1st time today. Amazing I had the Gelati salted caramel with green apple ice it was delicious and the owner was nice and waited while took my time decided what I want he also let me sample flavors so I could pick exactly what I want
Ruth Gresham, OR
SRC: Find more reviews for Troutdale's J Gelati Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at: www.yelp.com/biz/j-gelati-italian-ice-and-frozen-custard-troutdale-2

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Cascade Locks Marine Park

Marine Park in Cascade Locks is full of history, beauty and fun. Marine Park will entertain the whole family with a great playground, access to the Columbia River, fishing, the Sternwheeler and more. There is so much history to be exposed to at this fun getaway in the Gorge. Read below for some history you can share with the family while driving to Marine Park.
Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery portaged around the rapids of the Cascades in 1805. They wrote in their journal, “this great chute of falls is about 1/2 a mile with the water of this great river compressed within the space of 150 paces…great number of both large and small rocks, water passing with great velocity forming & boiling in a horrible manner, with a fall of about 20 feet” (October 30- November 1, 1805).
Forty years later pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail’s water route were forced to make the same portage around the dangerous rapids. Travelers heading west had to make a crucial decision just upstream of these rapids at The Dalles, Oregon. They had to choose whether they would risk life and limb on Mt. Hood’s steep Barlow Road, and overland toll route, or build a raft and float down the Columbia River, risking their life free of charge.
SRC: Get more information and direction to Marine Park at: http://portofcascadelocks.org/

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

East Wind Drive-In

How long has it been since you've been to a real drive-in? What about your kids or grandchildren? Don't miss out on this classic experience. A beautiful drive along the Columbia River Gorge to Cascade Locks will provide you the ultimate experience at East Wind Drive-In. While the sun is still shinning make your weekend count. Read what others had to say about this drive-in below.
OMG. I never seen an ice cream like the one I had from this place. It looks good and it taste even better! It was a small joint that you just pass by when you're around cascade locks...but once you see it, you know it's a good place because people are willing to stop, stand in a long line and get an ice cream or the burgers they sell.
SRC: Find more East Wind Drive-In  reviews at: http://www.yelp.com/biz/east-wind-drive-in-cascade-locks

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Locks Waterfront Grill

Locks Waterfront Grill has a beautiful view and a menu full of fresh, local and organic selections. Located in the Visitors' Center in Marine Park of Cascade Locks, this is an ideal place to relax and eat some wonderful food. Read more about Locks Waterfront Grill below.
The Grill operates full time with expanded waterfront seating directly overlooking the Columbia River and plenty of free parking for all. The Visitors Center is packed with information and history about the Cascade Locks, the Columbia Gorge and activities available to you during your visit.
SRC: Check out the menu and more photos of Locks Waterfront Grill at: http://locksgrill.com/

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fish Feeding at Bonneville Hatchery

Feeding the fish at Bonneville Hatchery is a fun way to spend the day. There is also picnicking, camping, boating hiking, and more available to do at the Bonneville Reservoir. September is when the adult salmon begin to arrive at the hatchery, you will want to see them before the last week of October. Towards the end of October is when these salmon start spawning and then naturally die, not such a pretty time to visit them. Read more about the Bonneville Hatchery below.
Trout Pond
Caution: Trout can bite! Please do not tease or touch them!
Two ponds have Rainbow Trout in them. We do not raise trout here at Bonneville Fish Hatchery; these Trout are brought here for your enjoyment.
There are machines by the ponds where you can buy fish food for a quarter to feed the trout.
The money from these machines is used to keep the hatchery grounds beautiful for visitors.
Sturgeon Pond
There is one outdoor pond that has young sturgeon in it.
Sturgeon like to eat live things that have died! They eat their food off of the bottom of the pond.
The Sturgeon is a prehistoric fish and is a “cartilaginous” fish. This means they have no bones This is like a shark or an eel.
Sturgeon Viewing Center
Beyond the outdoor sturgeon pond there is a small white building that you can walk into. This is the Sturgeon Viewing Center, which was built in 1998.
Herman the Sturgeon is located in the Sturgeon Viewing Center and is approximately 10’ long, 425 pounds and over 60 years old.
SRC: For more information about Bonneville Hatchery visit: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/bonneville_hatchery_more.asp

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Virtually Hike The Columbia River Gorge

Not everyone is capable of hiking the trails of the Columbia River Gorge. There is an alternative way to experience the amazing sights of these trails with virtually hiking on your computer. If you know someone who is unable to get out and experience these views for their selves, you could be the one to help them get out there virtually. Read details for purchasing this below.

Product Features

Hiking Guide for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Professional Topo-Relief Maps
2900 Digital Photos
Outstanding Wildflower Guide
70 Hikes with over 425 miles of trails

System Requirements

Platform:   Windows
Media: CD-ROM

SRC: Order your Virtual Hikes of the Columbia River Gorge at: http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Hikes-Columbia-River-Gorge/dp/B00E1S1K1U

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Canyoneering in the Columbia River Gorge

Canyoneering is the most often associated with rappelling or the use of rope-work to climb down into canyons. In the Columbia River Gorge there are amazing places to do some exciting canyoneering. Read what this Canyoneer had to say about his experience in the Columbia River Gorge.
Myself and 2 buddies spend a long weekend in the Columbia River Gorge. We love to hike, backpack, and rappel into canyon, rivers, and streams. The Columbia River Gorge proved to be one of the best places on this Earth to do that. We had the time of our lives hiking, swimming, and rappelling the many waterfalls, creeks and streams that we visited. The scenery that we saw was incredibly beautiful! We can't wait to go back
SRC: Learn more about this at: http://barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Stories/Canyoneering-in-the-Columbia-River-Gorge/ba-p/1300569

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Autumn Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge

Autumn Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge
Summer is headed out the door with Autumn sure to take over any moment. With Autumn comes beautiful fall colors in the trees and the swelling of waterfalls as the rain returns. This is a beautiful time of year for hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. Friends of the Columbia River Gorge has ranked the top five Autumn Hikes, they include: Cape Horn Loop in Washington, Eagle Creek Trail in Oregon, Klickitat Trail in Washington, Latourell Falls Loop in Oregon and Hamilton Mountain in Washington. Read more details on the Eagle Creek Trail in Oregon below.
Eagle Creek Trail or Wahclella Falls, Ore.: These two trails are a single entry because both follow creeks that provide excellent viewing of spawning salmon. From the parking lot you can view this seasonal spectacle The fun continues when hiking the trails. Both are of easy grade, but Wahclella Falls is more family-friendly (be careful of steep cliffs on the Eagle Creek trail). Also, Tanner Creek follows the trail closer on the Wahclella Falls hike.

Read the details for the top five Autumn hikes in the Columbia River Gorge at: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2014/09/columbia_river_gorge_five_best.html

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Historic Highway Segment

Plans have been submitted by The Oregon Department of Transportation to build a 1.2 mile bike and pedestrian trail along the Historic Columbia River Highway. This would begin at Starvation Creek State Park and end at Lindsey Creek. Read below for more details on this plan.
The completion of the newest trail segment is also designed to align with a 100-year celebration of the Historic Highway — the first section of which was dedicated in 1916. Once that section of trail is open, Stallman said that “if all goes well,” ODOT would move forward on construction for the next section of trail that would continue west from Lindsey Creek to Wyeth, with a current estimated completion date of mid-2017.
SRC: For more information on this new highway segment view the full article at:  http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2014/sep/06/odot-submits-plans-new-historic-hwy-segment/

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Free Trip to the Columbia River Gorge

Win A Trip to the Columbia River Gorge

Tell everyone you know that they could win a trip to the Columbia River Gorge. What a fun way to experience one of Oregon's seven wonders. The sweepstakes is for two people to stay four nights in Portland Oregon. With a new pair of hiking boots from Keen you will be ready to see some amazing sights on great guided hikes. All you have to do is visit Keen Footwear's Hiking Sweepstakes, enter your contact information and tell them "Where would you go in a million steps?" Read below to find out everything included in this prize.
  • Two (2) coach class roundtrip air tickets to Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, USA, for the winner and one (1) guest on a carrier chosen by KEEN.
  • Four (4) hotel nights in Portland, Oregon.
  • A (1) pair of KEEN Durands, and your choice of one (1) lifestyle product from the KEEN Garage in Portland.
  • A tour of KEEN’s Headquarters and the KEEN Portland Factory to see Durand hiking boots get made.
  • Guided hikes in the Columbia River Gorge with KEEN folks and a KEEN Ambassador.
  • An awesome, memorable experience!
SRC: Enter for your chance to win at: keenfootwear.com/hikingsweepstakes
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Bridge of the Goddess Marathon

Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon and 10K will be held Saturday, September 13 at 8:00am. The first 1500 Goddesses that participate will be treated to a free dinner to the Old Spaghetti Factory, Great awards, Prizes, Giveaways, and a chance to be Goddess for a day! Read more about this event below.
New in 2014, Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon and 10K won't dissappoint!  We will begin in the town of Cascade Locks, OR on the  Bridge of the Gods.  Once we cross The Bridge of the Gods we will make our way onto the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail for an out and back. This course is challenging and amazingly beautiful, well-supported and safe from traffic. A great training run or walk for a fall marathon. 
SRC: Get registered or learn more at: http://www.runwithpaula.com/bridge-of-the-goddesses

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art Walk in Troutdale

You do not need to drive all the way to downtown Portland to get a look at some amazing art. In downtown Troudale the First Friday Art Walk will be held this September 5th from 5-9 pm. This month's featured artist from the Columbia River Gallery include: Karen Schaff with Ceramic Leaf Castings, Edouard Hartung with Hand Made Antler Creations, and ACOUTIC GUITAR & HARMONICA from Chuck Bolsinger. Check out what else will be at the First Friday Art Walk below.
253 E  Caswell Gallery

New Watercolors by Bev Jozwiak
"THE SOUNDS OF SINATRA" - Vocals by Kevin Minkoff
BRANDY TASTING with Stone Barn Brandyworks

253 E  Ali Peret Designs
15% off All Sterling Silver Jewelry 

275 E  Brewligans Bottle Shop
Brew Tasting 8pm - 10pm
SRC: There is much more fun for everyone in the family check out the full list at:  http://www.columbiarivergallery.com/featured-artists--locations.html

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hidden Catwalk Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

Hood River Pipeline Trail
The Columbia River Gorge can be viewed upclose from the catwalk in Hood River. This is a must do before the sun is gone for the year. This catwalk was for the power compnay crew to make repairs to the pipleine, which was used to funnel water from the dam to the powerhouse for electricity. The dam was built in the 1920's but removed in 2010 due to the blocking of salmon runs. Learn how to access this catwalk below.
The Hood River Pipeline Trail starts near a railroad trestle and old powerhouse off Oregon Highway 35 two miles from downtown Hood River, Ore. The 1.5-mile hike one way follows the pipeline as it snakes between the tracks and the riverbank before crossing over the river.
At the crossing, hikers can take a metal catwalk built for the power company crews that once made repairs along the pipeline. If the gate is open, you can trek up and over the river atop the catwalk and continue along the river’s edge. Hikers are immediately rewarded with spectacular views of wild river rapids and stands of alders providing cover for kingfishers, woodpeckers and the ever-squawking Steller’s jays.

SRC: Learn more about the Hood River Pipeline Trail at: http://greglamm.com/2014/08/31/hood-river-pipeline-trail-a-little-gem-of-a-catwalk-hike-hidden-away-near-the-columbia-river-gorge/

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kayaking in the Gorge

Kayaking in the Columbia River Gorge
Kayaking is a popular water sport and it is easy to see why. There is a certain type of beauty that can only be seen from the water. If you ever need a new point of view in life try looking from the moving waters to see how things look from there. Always know the difficulty of the water you are swiming or riding in, safety first. Read below to learn more about the young woman in the kayak above.
about me
I’m Sari and I’m from Helsinki, Finland. I enjoy the great outdoors, traveling and coffee.My Instagram account is sarimarie. You can also find me on Pinterest. tags: me, tunes, travel tips (check out the comments as well)
SRC: Check out Sari's blog for more inspiring photos at: http://coffeeinthemountains.tumblr.com/

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