Friday, February 27, 2015

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

Hiking Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge opens opportunities you may not have realized were right outside your door. Hiking to the top of the 2nd most climbed mountain, Mt. Hood, provides the opportunity to discover ice caves and the feeling of being on top of the world. One step onto a trail along The Columbia River Gorge will put you in a wonderland of waterfalls, greenery and wildlife. Follow along this tour of hiking Mt. Hood and The Columbia River Gorge to get a taste the inspiration Oregon's natural wonders can create. Learn about the one of a kind Eagle Creek Trail below.
Fully elated by the glacial views, we run down to the trailhead and drive to Hood River to grab a quick bite to eat.  Our next stop is Eagle Creek, one of the significant tributaries that flows into the Columbia Gorge, and also home to an impressive early fall Salmon run in the lower pools.  Eagle Creek Trail #440 follows the canyon nearly 14 miles upstream past numerous waterfalls and along adrenalin-pumping cliff faces.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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

Start your Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Heritage tour at the McMenamins Edgefield for a glass blowing demonstration in Troutdale, Oregon. Then find your inner pioneer at Philip Foster Farm where hard work and swing dancing are the norm. Finish your heritage tour on Mt. Hood at Timberline Lodge with a glass of wine while taking in the natural beauty. Read details about  McMenamins Edgefield and The Gorge Glashaus  below.
Our day of discovery begins with an overnight stay at McMenamins Edgefield, a sprawling 74-acre destination resort heavily infused with personality. Built in 1911, the facility has undergone a number of transformations, its most recent providing a tranquil campus of vineyards, gardens, restaurants, and resort amenities. But the halls still emanate with stories of the past, which makes it the perfect place to plan a historic expedition over a cup of coffee and breakfast.
Before heading out, we can’t resist a visit to The Gorge Glashaus on the Edgefield estate to witness the magic of glassblowing. The artisans at work masterfully guide us step by step through the fascinating process of creating beautiful glass sculptures. Point out a sample on the shelf and they’ll make it right before your eyes.  Watch the process, feel the heat, and you’ll never look at grandma’s glass serving dishes the same.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

The Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge make up two of the seven wonders of Oregon. See the sights of these Oregon wonders without taking a step outside but be warned the beauty of these National Scenic Areas will motivate you to embrace the great outdoors. Watch the video above to get a taste of what beautiful opportunities are awaiting any bicyclist that is willing to hit the trails. Read about a few of the Columbia River Gorge's sightseeing opportunities below.
Sightseeing tourists have long been acquainted with the Columbia River Scenic Highway, intricately carved into the landscape of the Gorge from Troutdale to past The Dalles. But large sections of this old historic highway are now reclaimed for foot traffic and bicycle enthusiasts only. There may be no more exhilarating way to spend a morning than lightly pedaling a paved road once constructed for the Model T Sunday drive. Our morning ride takes us from The Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead just east of Hood River through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and back for an easy 10 mile round trip. Along the way it is impossible to ignore the postcard dramatic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The inner child is sure to emerge when swooping through the two tunnels along the trail and it would be completely appropriate to let out the same whoop as the first day you learned to ride.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Hood 2 River Relay 2015

Hood 2 River Relay Race is just around the corner on Saturday May 30, 2015. This spring time relay race starts on the high slopes of Mt. Hood, descends to the lower elevations of the mountain by mountain bike, the race then travels by road bike and then by running to Hood River, finally the relay is completed in the Columbia River Gorge by paddle boat. Learn about Full Sail's After-Party at the Hood River Marina Green below.
The Full Sail Brewing Company After-Party will feature great tasting beer on tap, Naked Winery pouring their Outdoor Vino, and the Lion’s Club cookin’ up burgers, chicken sausages and yummy vegan options by Tofurky.
Plenty of finish line festivities for participants and the whole community- come on down to the Hood River Marina Green and cheer your friends, family and all our adventurous competitors across the finish line, check out the vendor expo and grab a bite to eat. Thank you Hood River for supporting this community event!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hidden Railroad History Discovered by a Columbia Gorge Hiker

Over the last 60 years Columbia Gorge hiker, Don Nelsen, has been hiking off trail and finding historical treasures. The treasures Nelsen finds include large pieces of metal that at one point in time constructed functioning trains. The trains were used for hauling out trees when the most of the gorge was clear-cut 100 years ago. Apparently 100 years ago the whole 'take out what you bring in' concept was not practiced, but it provides Nelson the opportunity to discover the steam engines' remains. Learn more about Nelsen's Discovered Railroad History in the Columbia Gorge, below.
Wherever Nelsen hikes, his Holy Grail has been to find a donkey engine like the one that sits outside the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, but he’s only found parts. In Washington, railroad logging appears to have come to an abrupt halt in 1929. Nelson thinks he learned why when he visited the offices of the Skamania County Pioneer and skimmed old newspapers. On September 20th, 1929, and article says, “In Greeleaf, everything was burned.” He found historic photos of hill after hill of charred forests. The news accounts of the day indicate 65 men narrowly escaped from the wildfire. It took nine more years to salvage the railroad gear left behind. The fire left behind a legend. Somewhere, deep in those burned forests was said to lie a lost locomotive. “Of course, when I heard that, I wanted to go find it,” says Nelsen. Down one hill, Nelson found his largest remnant yet. He hops up on top of a 16-foot-long rusty boiler lying on its side. It measures five feet in diameter. However, the boiler doesn’t look right for a locomotive. “In any event it’s a mysterious thing to see in the woods,” Nelsen says. “At the very least it could have served as a water tank.” Nelsen says he hiked 1,000 miles last year in search of hidden train history. For every large chunk of iron he finds many smaller artifacts like nuts, bolts and saw blades. He makes a point of leaving every last one of them where he finds them. “We don’t take souvenirs,” he says. “We leave them here. Unforunately, there are many people that don’t share my idea.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tim Kills Cancer while visiting Latourell Falls

One of Portland Oregon's residents by the name of Tim has a blog, Tim Kills Cancer Here, where he reports the progress of his Chemo sessions. Tim also documents how he is spending his time while on a week's worth of rest, as ordered by the doctor. The week off was spent traveling the Columbia River Gorge while enjoying his time away from the hospital, checkout his video of Latourell Falls above. Read about Tim's experience after visiting the waterfalls, below
Afterwards we drove to Cascade Locks and stopped in at Thunder Island Brewing for a pint and a Coke. Yep, Angie had the pint and I had the Coke. That's how I still know that I'm not 100% - beer tastes funky. It's a personal hell I'm battling through. If you haven't been to Thunder Island Brewing, I highly recommend it the next time you're in the Gorge.
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A Trip to Oregon

A dream chaser from Vancouver took a spur of the moment road trip to Oregon when she saw an enticing Facebook post. The Facebook post described a festival where the band Filter would be playing in Bend Oregon on Valentine's Day for only $10. This dream chaser, Marinde Out, documents the road trip with great photos to accompany the tale. Read a bit of Marinde Out's adventure after driving past Mt. Hood heading for Bend, below.
"As soon as we left Mt. Hood behind us, we found ourselves in a complete different ecosystem. It was like we drove straight into Spain. Dry shrubby landscape stretching out until the horizon. Not just a horizontal horizon, but one with teeth! Huge glacier covered volcanoes impressed us from far away. With the setting sun, clouds played the role of lava, and we witnessed an eruption without having the urge to evacuate."
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Spring Break Road Trip on The Columbia River Highway

Looking for ways to spend spring break that will provide opportunities for life-long memories but short on the funds to fly anywhere? Try a Road Trip to the Columbia River Gorge, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country. With more than 90 waterfall to explore just 40 minutes from the city of Portland there are many adventures awaiting you on Oregon's Columbia River Highway. Read about Michelle Bucher's road trip experience along the Columbia River Gorge below.
This is a great scenic drive through a beautiful forest that leads to several waterfalls, the Multnomah Falls being the most popular of them all. If you go a little further down the road, you`ll find an old railway tunnel and the popular Oneonta Gorge.
During the summer, the Oneonta Gorge is a popular spot for those looking to cool off in the water. This is a hiking trail that leads to a stunning waterfall, but you hike through the creek bed that eventually turns into a deep swimming pool, before reaching the waterfall.
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Maryhill Museum of Art Celebrates 75th Anniversary

March 15, 2015 will be the 75th Anniversary for the Maryhill Museum of Art. The landmark exhibition will be bringing a collection of 35 paintings, that have seldom-if-ever been exhibited, to the Columbia River Gorge. The exhibition will feature American Indian Painting: Twentieth-Century Masters, Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway, Raven Skyriver: Submerge and more special exhibits. Read details about the features of the American Indian Painting exhibition at the Maryhill Museum of Art below.
Curated by Maryhill's Steve Grafe, the exhibition features some of the most important American Indian artists of the 20th century. These artists were residents of the Southern Plains and Southwest, and affiliated with the University of Oklahoma, Bacone College and the studio at the Santa Fe Indian School. Their works were some of the first painted after educators of Native students were allowed to encourage-rather than suppress-Native cultural expressions. Produced largely between 1930 and 1980, the paintings that appear in the exhibition show the later, mature work of these seminal artists.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stewardship Work Party at Angel's Rest

Help our earth while having fun with a Stewardship Work Party at Angel's Rest in the Columbia River Gorge. The Angel's Rest Trail is a very popular and heavily used trail, combine that with the wind in the Columbia Gorge and it's easy to imagine how much trash can buildup. Be part of the solution on February 22nd by helping pick up trash on The Angel's Rest Trail near Cascade Locks, Oregon. Learn what supplies are provided and what you need to wear for this Stewardship Work Party at Angel's Rest below.
Oregon State Parks will supply the trash pick-up bags and work gloves. We'll collect trash along the trail and then drop if off at the trailhead - park rangers will dispose of it for us! Come prepared for working in durable work/hike clothes and sturdy boots. 
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Bridge of the Gods and Pedestrians?

The Bridge of the Gods provides a great way for cars to get from one side of the Columbia River Gorge to the other. Have you ever tried to walk across it? The experience of walking across the Bridge of the Gods is less than friendly with a narrow walkway, vehicle trafficked and overall an unsettling experience. A few associations have teamed up to raise money for the conduction of a feasibility study for a pedestrian bridge, learn about the associations working towards this project below.
The group, comprised of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the City of Stevenson and the Port of Cascade Locks, is one step closer to conducting a feasibility study to determine if an additional pedestrian crossing can happen. The committee successfully raised $18,000 needed to hire the services of an engineer to conduct the study. Friends matched the National Park Service, Lewis and Clark National Heritage Trail Unit's $2,500 contribution, and remains a strong partner in this process.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

A romantic Valentine's Dinner that additionally offers a pajama pizza party for the little one's in the same building sounds like a parents dream come true. This dream is coming to life at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center this February 14th. Allow yourself the pleasure of enjoying a romantic evening and gourmet meal with your love while knowing the kids are well taken care and entertained. This could be your Valentine's evening in the Columbia Gorge, read more details below and have a happy Valentine's Day.
For lovers, cocktails begin at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:15 in the stunning River Gallery.  The menu includes your choice of oysters on the half shell or lobster bisque, followed by your choice of rack of lamb or crab stuffed chicken, with roasted baby red potatoes and a gourmet salad.  Complete your dining experience with chocolate souffle, vanilla mint ice cream, and chocolate dipped strawberries.
For littles, dress them in their favorite PJs, drop them off in the classroom (starting at 6:15), and let the qualified childcare staff takeover! The PJ pizza party will start at 6:30, followed by crafts and a movie.  Older children will enjoy a private screening of a movie in the MJ Murdock theater while the younger children watch a movie in the classroom. All children must be beyond bottle feeding.
SRC: Select your choice of Appetizers and Dinner for your Valentine's Day Dinner at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at: 

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Donald L. Robertson Park

Referred to as the Crown Jewel of Wood Village, Donald L. Robertson Park is a place for all to enjoy. The park includes a playground with toys for younger and older children, a basketball court, an open field and walking trails. The park also includes a Wetlands Wildlife Habitat Preserve, with a boardwalk going over part of the wetlands area to allow visitors to enjoy the wetlands without causing damage. A new addition to this Wood Village park is the Gazebo available for group gatherings such as parties, weddings or music festivals. Learn more about the Wetlands Wildlife Habitat Preserve at Donald L. Robertson Park below.
This project created a Wetlands Pond and Habitat  Preserve on Arata Creek in the Park.   The funds to create the pond and preserve came from our $293,000 local share of the Metro Parks Bond that was passed in 2006.
This project  protects and enhances the Creek’s ecosystem and it provides many benefits to our community. It will help maintain proper water flow and meet Clean Water Standards in Arata Creek; prevent seasonal flooding from affecting neighboring properties; improve wildlife habitat in the watershed, including habitat for water fowl, endangered Columbia Gorge turtles, and fish; create an opportunity to reintroduce native plant species; and provide a natural environment for citizens to engage with a properly managed stream ecosystem.  There is also a learning center overlooking the wetlands area which creates a wonderful atmosphere for students and adults to view learn about our ecosystem.
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Wood Village Community Garden

January 4th, 2015 starts the open registration for the Wood Village Community Garden. Registration is for 2016, the 2015 season for the community garden is already full. If you are interested in taking part in this community garden in Wood Village, Oregon you must act fast with such high demand.

SRC: For more information about the Wood Village Community Garden please contact Greg Dirks at: 503.489.6854 or visit the Wood Village Community Garden Webpage at:

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The Troutdale Art Center's Grand Opening

The Troutdale Art Center will be having their Grand Opening on Friday, February 6th 2015. This art center will be hosting eights artists who will have enough space to create large pieces of artwork that in other locations would not be possible. The pushing force behind this art center was Allison Brown, who has been sculpting giant sized  Ducks for the University of Oregon for the last three years. Encouraged by Rip Caswell's success as a full time artist Brown sought out a large enough working space for her giant sculpting and thus The Troutdale Art Center was born. Learn more about this new art center in Historic Downtown Troutdale below.
Through this whirlwind experience, which started about two months ago, she said there’s really a demand for artist work spaces.
“Some of them had have spaces before but it didn’t work out, or they wanted something new. Some were working from home and felt isolated, others wanted a community,” she said. “Most people thought, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be so neat to have other artists here. There’s this synergy here. They wanted to be a part of something.”
Loree Harrell said she hasn’t had an outside studio in 12 years.
“On a personal level, I’m so excited to get back to my very own dedicated creative space that I can just go and set up everything,” Harrell said. “It’s wonderful to have the synergy of having everybody together in that spot. And it’s a fabulous location. The Sandy River is my favorite spot on the planet.”
Brown said she was lucky that the first applicants were amazing artists and people. 
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