Monday, February 29, 2016

Stay a Night or Enjoy a Pint at McMenamin's Edgefield

Certainly one of the most famous attractions in Troutdale, OR, and the Columbia River Gorge, McMenamin's Edgefield offers lodging, golfing, spa treatment, music, drinking, eating, and a collection of other features. Come by the World of Edgefield for a pint, for a round of golf, or make reservations for a private event; Edgefield is one of our favorite spots in the West Columbia Gorge: 
Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon's natural beauty with McMenamins' signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, live entertainment and more.
Encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Edgefield is a 20-minute drive to or from the center of downtown Portland and about 15 minutes from Portland International Airport.
The stately main building, with over 100 European-style guestrooms and hostel accommodations, is furnished in turn-of-the-century decor. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms, encouraging tranquility as surely as do the rocking chairs on our verandas. Guests may choose from rooms with private bathrooms or with conveniently located common bathrooms down the hallway. We do offer complimentary WiFi around the Black Rabbit Restaurant, the Library and in many of our event spaces. 
Wander about the extensive gardens (glass of wine or pint of ale in hand), visit the onsite glass-blower and potter, have a look at extensive artwork on walls, pipes and more, watch a recent-run movie in the theater, listen to live music, pick up souvenirs in the gift shop....
And that is just the beginning. We look forward to seeing you. 
*** Edgefield is now pet-friendly! ***
SRC: Explore more about Edgefield accommodations here: www.mcmenamins.com/Edgefield

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

How the Height of Multnomah Falls Really Ranks Across the Country

While the beauty of Multnomah Falls is indisputable, it turns out that its reputation as the 'second tallest waterfall in the U.S.' has been seriously debunked. This magnificent feature of the Gorge, falling 620 feet, isn't even close when it comes to the tallest falls in the U.S., but this certainly doesn't take away from the awesomeness of our magnificent waterfall: 
According to the experts at the World Waterfall Database, an organization dedicated to accurate measurements of waterfalls across the globe, Multnomah Falls actually ranks 154th tallest in the United States.
Ouch.
You can monkey with the numbers a bit to raise its standing, but it still won't come close to elevating the falls' supposed superiority. If you eliminate waterfalls in Hawaii and Alaska – limiting the list to falls in the lower 48 states – Multnomah Falls only rises to 108th tallest. Take out waterfalls with unconfirmed heights in the database and it jumps up to 70th tallest.
But what about that claim that it's the second tallest year-round waterfall – as in, constantly flowing regardless of the season? Does that have any merit? 
Bryan Swan, founder of the World Waterfall Database, is adamant on this point. 
"It's not true in the slightest," he said via email. "If we discount all of those 153 other waterfalls that we know for (almost) certain are taller than Multnomah that we [also] know to be seasonal, there are still dozens upon dozens that outrank it." 
The information shatters a piece of Multnomah Falls' reputation, but still leaves a question: Where did this whopper of a claim come from?
MISINFORMATION 
Swan thinks that the claim might have originated in an old marketing campaign that stretched the truth to draw tourists to the Columbia River Gorge. It sounds plausible, but the truth might be a lot less bombastic. 
No authority could say for certain, but it looks like the "second highest waterfall" claim is a variant of the old "second highest year-round waterfall" line. As if in a game of telephone, the superlative probably morphed and dropped the "year-round" qualifier. 
The most recent Friends of Multnomah Falls newsletter actually sought to debunk that original claim, not by downgrading the waterfall, but by upgrading its status, claiming that the waterfall is in fact the highest year-round falls in the country. 
The source for that information? The World Almanac.
The almanac "has always had Multnomah listed as the highest falls in the United States without an asterisk – with the asterisk denoting 'diminishes greatly seasonally,'" Charlie White, a board member of the organization, wrote in the newsletter. "So we are absolutely accurate if we say 'Multnomah Falls is the highest year-round falls in the United States.'" 
But there's a problem. World Almanac editor Sarah Janssen said the book has never actually ranked waterfalls, instead listing "Notable Waterfalls" or "Famous Waterfalls." 
That asterisk does indicate seasonal flow, but, she insisted, the list of waterfalls is by no means comprehensive. 
White, in a phone interview, said he does understand that about the almanac. He uses it alongside other waterfall lists, but he says all of them have backed up his claim. He wasn't aware of the World Waterfall Database figures, but said he'd be open to change. 
"Our sign says 'information,' not 'correct information,'" he joked. "I'm happy to correct anything."
Curiously, the 2016 version of the World Almanac includes an inaccuracy of its own, listing the height of Multnomah Falls at a whopping 850 feet tall. The U.S. Forest Service lists its height at 620 feet, while the World Waterfall Database measures it at 635 feet. 
A 400-ton boulder dislodged from the cliff face in 1995, but even if it affected the height of the waterfall, it still wouldn't have accounted for a 230-foot difference – it was about 40 feet long by 20 feet high, according to Friends of Multnomah Falls.

Janssen said she wasn't sure where the 850-foot figure came from, but assured it will be corrected in future editions to the 620-foot figure from the forest service, unless the waterfall database's measurements are deemed accurate.
OREGON PRIDE

So Multnomah Falls isn't the second-tallest waterfall in the United States. So what? Height isn't the only quality that makes a waterfall great, and Multnomah Falls is absolutely stunning no matter how you measure it. 
The folks at the World Waterfall Database agree. They use a complex rating system that takes height, magnitude, visibility, and more into consideration, comparing each waterfall against all others in the world. By that scale, Multnomah Falls ranks roughly 14th in the United States, in company with the likes of Niagara and Yosemite Falls.
SRC: Read more of the article, published on Oregon Live, at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/02/multnomah_falls_is_not_the_second_tallest.html

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Wahkeena Springs Hike

If you've never visited Wahkeena Falls, it is worth the stop on your next trip out to the Gorge. While you at the falls, and if you are looking for a hike, consider hiking above the falls to Wahkeena Springs. The trail gains 1,500 feet, in a 3-mile out-and-back hike. Walk through lush foliage and past Fairy Falls on your way to the impressive springs: 
This ain't your typical spring. 
Usually when we talk of a spring, we're talking about a little gurgle of water bubbling out of the ground in the dirt. If there's a bit of slope, we can put a cup underneath the trickle and listen to the rising tone as our cups fills. Wahkeena Spring is on a little different scale. Wahkeena Creek gushes intact from the ground all in one place. Five yards uphill, there's no stream at all; five yards down, you can see almost the entire flow of Wahkeena Falls, a mile downstream. It's worth a look-see.
SRC: Find more information here: www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Wahkeena_Springs

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Cascade Locks Port to Rebuild Historic Engine Building, Oregon Pony

The Oregon Pony, a historic stream engine on display in Cascade Locks, will soon have a new home. Union Pacific Railroad granted the $10,000 to the Port of Cascade Locks to fund construction for a new display structure for the Civil War-era steam engine. Read more about construction plans and the history of the engine here:
Wet and windy elements have chipped away at the building where the 154-year-old Oregon Pony steam engine rests, but the Port of Cascade Locks plans to give it a new home. 
Union Pacific Railroad approved a $10,000 grant to the Port on Feb. 1 to fund the fix-up plan.
Paul Koch, Port General Manager, said the Port manages the Oregon Pony site for the Oregon Historical Society, and has an obligation to guard it from the elements. The new funds from Union Pacific will spark a rebuild.
“We’re supposed to be providing a hermetically sealed building,” Koch said, but dry rot and a leaking roof have challenged that duty.
The tiny train sits in an enclosure beside the Cascade Locks Historical Museum and greets cars pulling into Cascade Locks Marine Park, where it peers out from a shelter that’s seen healthier times.
The new building will be designed to keep the Pony dry and improve public access.
Koch said specs aren’t nailed down, but expansion is likely — the new chamber could be up to three times as large, with more room for visitors to walk inside and take a closer look.
Since 1970, the Port has taken care of the Oregon Pony. It sat under a basic roof until about the early 1980s, when the Port placed it inside a climate-controlled exhibition chamber, which was meant to deter vandals and protect the artifact from the Gorge’s frequent storms.
The engine was christened “Pony” because it replaced the old method of hauling freight through the Gorge: flat cars pulled by mules.
Built in 1862, when the Civil War had just begun, the Pony was the “first locomotive ever run over the first railroad ever built in the state of Oregon,” according to the Cascade Locks Historical Museum’s plaque.
The tiny engine, 14.5 feet long and weighing eight tons, moved nearly 200 tons a day between the Cascade Mountains and Bonneville, until it was transferred to The Dalles, where it was put to work on the portage around Celilo Falls.
It was moved to San Francisco in 1866 and damaged by fire in 1904, then partially restored and donated to the Oregon Historical Society. In 1970, the Pony returned home to Cascade Locks.
SRC: Find more local stories at Hood River News here: www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2016/feb/13/cascade-locks-port-will-rebuild-historic-engine-bu/

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Beautiful Music for the Beautiful Gorge" Event on March 13

Don't miss out on the upcoming event: "Beautiful Music for the Beautiful Gorge," hosted by Friends of the Columbia Gorge. The event, a fundraiser to support Gorge protection, will be held on March 13, 2016 at The Old Church in Portland, OR. Order your tickets for this special evening today! 
Beautiful Music for the Beautiful Gorge
Join us for an afternoon of wonderful piano music that also supports Gorge protection. With a repertoire stretching from classical composition to American ragtime, Greg Lief will keep you entertained! 
This event will also include a silent auction of beautiful nature photographs taken by Greg at some of his favorite locations in the Gorge.
Tickets are $15 for advanced online purchase or $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Columbia Gorge. During intermission there will be a short presentation by Friends staff.
Listen to a preview of Greg's classical and ragtime performances: https://www.reverbnation.com/greglief 
SRC: Order tickets to attend this event here: gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/upcoming-events/event/457

SRC Photo: See the original photo here: www.flickr.com/photos/nayukim/4274606367

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thousand Acres Dog Park: Sandy River Delta

Portland, OR and the surrounding cities are certainly full of dog loving folks. Since many of us don't have property for our dogs to roam, we take or dogs to local city parks or on walks down the sidewalk. However, a dog paradise sits just a few minutes from Historic Downtown Troutdale, OR. The Thousand Acres Dog Park in the Sandy River Delta is an off leash dog park where are dogs can run free over many acres of dog-friendly terrain: 
Sometimes playing chuck-it in the neighborhood park isn't enough. That's why I was recently motivated to explore new off-leash turf, and how I discovered 1000 Acres. This canine playground is located at the Sandy River Delta in Troutdale, and although the name sounds like a place where one might go to recover from a nervous breakdown, it’s actually an expansive dog park that’s the equivalent of Doggie Nirvana. (Others refer to it as Doggie Disneyland). Name aside, it will provide a peak experience for your dog. Pooches can run free in designated areas, and there is also a swimming hole.
SRC: See the original article on Oregon Live at: www.oregonlive.com/news-network/index.ssf/2012/07/thousand_acre_outside_troutdal.html

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Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Cyclists from around town, the state, the country, and the world will soon have a continuous bike-friendly path stretching 73 miles down the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The trail is expected to be finished by fall, and will travel from Troutdale, OR to The Dalles, OR. The trail, named the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, will offer an amazing ride for cyclists from near and far. 

Cyclists looking to bike far out into the Columbia River Gorge will soon be one step closer their dream, as crews resume work on the much-anticipated Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail this winter. 
The 73-mile hiker and bike-friendly trail along the Columbia River Gorge will inch forward toward completion in 2016, as work begins on another piece of the puzzle that will eventually connect Troutdale to The Dalles.

A MISSING LINK 
Crews first started work on the 1.3-mile connection between Lindsey Creek and Starvation Creek in December, but started ramping up efforts in late January, the Hood River News reported. The project – a collaboration between the Oregon Department of Transportation and other state and federal agencies – is expected to be finished by fall. 
It's a small portion of the sprawling bike-centric trail system that is attempting to replace the original Historic Columbia River Highway, the nation's first scenic highway dedicated in 1916, today connecting cities on the Oregon side of the Gorge along a whole different path. 
"You have a series of nice day trips which will become an international destination when they're all hooked together," former Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz said in a promotional video series for the project. "When you connect all the pieces together, that's going to be transformational."
Cities along the route hope the connection will bring more visitors, bringing an economic boost along with them. 
Cascade Locks was hooked up to the trail after the 2013 completion of the Bonneville Segment, between the city and John B. Yeon State Park to the west. For about a decade the town had flirted with a casino project, proposed by the Warm Springs Tribes, but now sees the trail project as a better opportunity. 
"There was a period when people thought a casino coming to town would change the dynamic," Tom Owens, head of the Cascade Locks Business Association, told the Oregonian in 2013. "We have moved beyond that and believe the tourism side of things is poised to take off in Cascade Locks."  
10 MILES, 2 YEARS TO GO 
Only 10 miles remain unconnected on the Historic Columbia River Highway trail, all in a particularly tricky area between Wyeth and Hood River known to planners as the Mitchell Point Segment. 
There, the Oregon Department of Transportation and other agency officials will need to circumvent several obstacles as they weave a pathway between Interstate 84, the railroad line, and the rock walls that have stymied engineers since the 1910s. 

Chief among their challenges are bypassing Shellrock Mountain – which they plan to do with a trail behind the existing retaining wall – and building a 40-foot-high, 800-foot-long viaduct to connect Shellrock Mountain to Starvation Creek, via an old, unused segment of original highway known as Mossy Road. 
But even that will leave the project's biggest challenge of all in the way: blasting a new quarter-mile tunnel into the otherwise impassable Mitchell Point. 
The tunnel was built once before, considered a true feat of engineering that became one of the defining features of the old highway along the gorge, but it was destroyed in the 1960s during the construction of the interstate. 
The new tunnel, which would help crews connect the final five miles of the trail, isn't expected to be done until 2018. 
Until then, cyclists looking to tour the Gorge will have to take the risky incomplete route, a trip that requires biking the 10-mile stretch of the Mitchell Point Segment along the shoulder of busy Interstate 84. 
A bicycle tour of the gorge is surely an unforgettable experience, but you might just want to wait for the trail.
SRC: See the original post and find a video here: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/02/work_starts_on_latest_historic.html


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Soviet-Era Camera Found near Eagle Creek


A soviet-era camera was recently found by two local hikers along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. The hikers, Ron Campbell and Ethan Field, discovered the camera when hiking off trail near Eagle Creek. The mysterious, weathered camera, bearing the inscription "Made in East Germany/ U.S.S.R. occupied," did have film inside, which Field and Campbell attempted to have restored. Here is an update on the camera, a story that has been ripe with interest and speculation regarding the original owner of the Cold War relic:
The mystery of the Soviet-era camera discovered recently by hikers in the Columbia Gorge may never be solved.

Certainly, the film inside the Exakta camera found near the remote Eagle Creek waterfalls won't yield any clues.

Ron Campbell, one of the hikers, said Portland's Blue Moon Camera & Machine wasn't able to retrieve any photos after applying a special development technique that reversed the chemistry of how the film is processed.

Since the back of the camera was cracked open and the film canister was punctured, Campbell said they didn't have high hopes about photographs being salvaged.

"With the gelatin used on the old film, it was no good," Campbell said. Nothing."

For nearly a month, Campbell and fellow hiker Ethan Field, who filmed the discovery of the Cold War relic, have been searching for clues to how the camera wound up in the mossy muck of a remote area in the Gorge. Both men live in Hood River.
The vintage camera is inscribed with the words "Made in East Germany/U.S.S.R. occupied." 
After their discovery went viral on social media, the two men joked that the camera was used in espionage or contained images of Bigfoot.
There was also the Jimmy Stewart theory: Two years before using the same left-handed Exakta model in "Rear Window," the legendary actor was in the Gorge filming "Bend of the River."

Another possibility: Jimmy Stewart's daughter attended Lewis & Clark College during the late 1960s. Maybe she hiked up there in the Gorge and lost her dad's camera.
But without any further evidence, the camera might as well be the lost property Nikita Kruschev, D.B. Cooper or someone's Uncle Saul. In fact, many camera experts say, despite the Exakta's Cold War mystique, it was widely available beyond the Iron Curtain. 
One positive thing to come out of the search so far: Campbell saw "Bend of the River." 
Two weeks ago, he didn't even recognize Stewart's name. 
"Funny how they had a horse and carriage and cattle at Timberline," he said. 
"Didn't know the Oregon Trail pioneers summited the Hood!" 
The Hollywood Theatre has also contacted the pair about speaking about their discovery at a special screening of "Bend of the River." 
Campbell and Field are still looking for the owner.   
— Joseph Rose
SRC: See the full article from on Oregon Live here: www.oregonlive.com/geek/2016/02/gorge_mystery_camera_no_photos.html

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Soccer Sign-Ups in Troutdale, OR

Springtime is fast approaching, which means that spring sports will also be here soon! The soccer development program, Kidz Love Soccer, is offering a variety of soccer programs in Troutdale, OR in spring of 2016! The programs start in March and are held at Columbia Park. Here is the list of soccer classes offered:
Ages 2 ~ 10 years 
Since 1979, Kidz Love Soccer has been dedicated to teaching children the world’s most popular sport within a nurturing,recreational environment. A typical session experience includes age appropriate activities: skill demonstrations, fun games, and instructional scrimmages. Young soccer enthusiasts experience soccer fun in a safe, non-competitive environment. Kidz Love Soccer…”Where the score is always FUN to FUN!”™

Mommy/Daddy & Me Soccer - (ages 2 – 3&1/2) 
Introduce yourself and your toddler to the “World’s Most Popular Game”! As you and
your child participate in our fun age appropriate activities, your child will be developing their large motor skills and socialization skills. The fun happens on the field, and in Mommy/Daddy & Me Soccer, parents are part of the action, not watching from the sidelines! 
Thursdays, 5:15-5:45pm
3/17 ~ 4/28 (No class 3/24)
 
Register by 3/14
Combo Tot & Pre Soccer – (ages 3&1/2 – 5) 
Little tykes will enjoy running and kicking
just like the big kids! Teaches the basic techniques of the game and builds self esteem
through participation and fun soccer activities. Children learn to follow instructions
in a nurturing, age appropriate environment. Shin guards are required after the first meeting. 
Thursdays, 4:30-5:05pm
3/17 ~ 4/28 (No class 3/24)
 
Register by 3/14

Soccer 1 – (ages 5 – 6) 
Players will learn dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, age-specific defense, etc. Fun skill games are played at every session, and every participant will have a ball at his or her feet. Small-sided soccer matches will be introduced gradually. Shin guards are required after the first meeting. 
Thursdays, 3:45-4:30pm
3/17 ~ 4/28 (No class 3/24)
  
(Register by 3/14)
Soccer 2: Skillz & Scrimmages–(ages 7 – 10) 
Kidz 7-10 years of age will enjoy advanced skill building: dribbling, passing and shooting in a team play format. Each class will focus on scrimmages that emphasize application of finer technical points. All levels are welcome to come enjoy the world’s most popular game! Shin guards are required. 
Thursdays, 5:55-6:40pm
3/17 ~ 4/28 (No class 3/24)
 
(Register by 3/14)
REGISTER ONLINE AT www.troudaleoregon.gov

SRC: See the recreation brochure for the city of Troutdale, OR here: www.ci.troutdale.or.us//recreation/documents/winter.pdf

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Igloo and Snow Shelter Building Class

Ready to learn something something new? Join Rare Earth Adventures on a day trip to learn about building snow-shelters and igloos. It is a great class for any outdoor enthusiast, and is a skill that might come in handy some day.  
Ages 18 years & Up
Rare Earth Adventures will give you the chance to be a kid again and learn about outdoor shelters as we teach you the basics of snow-shelter and igloo building. Learn how to build an igloo, a quinzee hut, a snow trench and a snow-cave shelter.  
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE DRESSED APPROPRIATELY TO BE OUT IN THE SNOW FOR 4 HOURS. WATERPROOF HIKING/SNOW BOOTS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Bring water & lunch. Snacks provided.
COST: R $83/NR $100 per trip
Min. 3 ~ Max. 8
Saturday, 9am-4pm
1/23 (Register by 1/19)  
2/20 (Register by 2/16) 
3/19 (Register by 3/14)  
LOCATION: Start & Return to Rare Earth
Adventures (REA), 906 NW Corporate Dr.

Traveling in 12 passenger vans to local area.

INSTRUCTOR: REA Staff
For more information contact REA directly
at: info@rareearthadventures.com
or 866-936-0910.
SRC: See more events by the city of Troutdale, OR in their winter recreation guide here: www.ci.troutdale.or.us//recreation/documents/winter.pdf

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Free Rain Garden Workshop in Troutdale

Rain gardens not only add a lovely display of native and adapted plants to the landscaping of any space, but they remove standing rainwater by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground, thereby decreasing flooding and erosion in the surrounding areas. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a FREE class about how to build your own rain garden. The class isn't until April 17, but register now before seats are filled!
Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.
You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.
Date: Sun, Apr. 17
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Troutdale Community Police Facility
 Address: 234 SW Kendall Ct, Troutdale, 97060
Register for the class now! Seats are still available and you can easily register here

SRC: Find more events with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District:  emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/all-events/rain-gardens-101-33/

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Moonlight Snowshoeing on Mt. Hood

Winter is upon us, and (unlike previous years) there is plenty of snow to go around! If you love the snow and adventuring in the outdoors, consider joining one of Rare Earth Adventures' moonlight snowshoeing trips on Mt. Hood. The trips depart from the Rare Earth Adventures building in Troutdale, OR and embark up into the snowy, moon-lit terrain of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Read more about the trip and when the next outings are below:
Ages 18 years & Up 
Snowshoes help us to trade in dreary city weather for the snowy wonderland of the mountains. While being stable and fun, snowshoes are the perfect tool to help you explore the untouched snow of the peaceful woods and vast glaciers. The best thing about snowshoeing is that it requires absolutely no prior experience or special physical ability. All you need is a sense for adventure and the willingness to get out there and do something incredible!

Itinerary: Meet at 6pm, make sure waivers are completed, try on snowshoes, load the van and head for the destination on Mt Hood. Expect to leave no later than 6:20 pm. Arrive at snowshoe destination after a stop at restroom at 7:30pm. Begin snowshoe adventure by 7:45pm. Snowshoe for approx. 1 hour before stopping for a 20 min rest. During this “rest” period people have the chance to explore the immediate surroundings, while the guide prepares some sparkling apple juice, hot beverages such as cocoa and coffee, and healthy snacks. After our 20 min break we will gear up for another hour of snowshoeing on route back to the van. Return around 11:30 pm.

Come dressed for winter weather. We recommend dressing similar to how you would to go skiing or snowboarding. Warm, waterproof hiking boots arerequired. We also recommend a small backpack to carry water and extra layers, but it can be provided if needed.
Bring water. Snacks provided.
COST: R $75/NR $90 per trip

Friday 6pm-11:30pm

2/26 (Register by 2/22)
3/18 (Register by 3/14) 
LOCATION: Start & Return to Rare Earth
Adventures (REA), 906 NW Corporate Dr.

Traveling in 12 passenger vans to local area.
INSTRUCTOR: REA Staff
For more information contact REA directly
at: info@rareearthadventures.com
or 866-936-0910.
 SRC: Find more recreation events with the City of Troutdale here: www.ci.troutdale.or.us//recreation/documents/winter.pdf

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Taekwondo in Troutdale

Looking for an extracurricular activity for your kids? Maybe for yourself, or the whole family? If you live in or near Troutdale, OR consider signing up for the 8-week Taekwondo course being offered at the City Conference building. The course is for ages 6 and up, and all skill levels are welcome! Sign up today!
Youn Wha Ryu Taekwondo is an ancient and complex self-defense system that goes beyond kicking and punching. Students learn practical self-defense concepts that focus on increasing reaction, timing, speed and full body power. These dynamic classes combine both aerobic and anaerobic training and encourage the development of self-discipline, balance, coordination, agility, flexibility and overall total body strength. Children and adults can train together for great family fun and fitness. Beginners are always welcome!  
COST: R $56/NR $68 for 8 weeks
Min. 5 ~ Max. 25
Fridays 6:30pm ~ 7:30pm 
2/12 ~ 4/8 (No class 3/25) 
Register by 2/9
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
LOCATION: City Conference Building
INSTRUCTOR: Ronna Rothenberger

SRC: See more Troutdale, OR activities here: www.ci.troutdale.or.us//recreation/documents/winter.pdf

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Steelehead Fishing Clinic

Want to learn fishing technique or brush up on skills? On February 27, don't miss the Steelehead Fishing Clinic, hosted by local fisherman, Greg Short. The summer steelehead migration is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to hone your fishing skills!
 Local fisherman Greg Short and the Hood River Watershed Group are hosting their annual Steelhead and Spring Chinook Fishing one-day clinic.
The day will begin inside, learning a variety of fishing techniques including knot tying, bait and tackle, and rules and regulations; the rest of the day will be spent outside utilizing new and improved fishing skills. Both beginners and experts alike will benefit from Short’s wide array of fishing knowledge. 
The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. An Oregon fishing license (daily or annual) will be required for anyone 14 years or older to participate in on-the-river practice. Loaner rods and gear will be available.
Register with Community Education online at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/communityed or by calling 541-386-2055. For more information, please contact Megan Saunders, Hood River Watershed Group, at 541-386-6063 or megan@hoodriverswcd.org.
SRC: See the original post here: www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2016/feb/06/steelhead-chinook-fishing-clinic-feb-27/

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Always Catchin' Fishing Trips

If you always see fishing boats lined up on the Columbia River, but have never had the chance to go out yourself, Always Catchin' guided trips offers the perfect opportunity to go out and cast a line in the best locations on the Columbia River. Spend a full or half day with an experienced local guide who can provide top quality rods, tackle, bait, and priceless tips about fishing on the Columbia: 
Always Catchin' is a fully license and insured Guide Service providing Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon fishing trips on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers year round, from Astoria to the John Day River. Guided Fishing Trips make great gifts and an excellent adventure for family and friends.
Your Guide Jess Zerfing was born and raised in the small City of Cascade Locks, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge which is known for great fishing. Jess grew up on the banks of the mighty Columbia River and knows it well. At the age of 11 he was fishing for Salmon on the banks of the Columbia River and spent most of his time doing just that. As Jess grew up he started looking at other fish this great river has to offer and at the age of 16 he started fishing for Sturgeon. He has caught many Sturgeons over 9 feet long before the age of 18. In the next 10 years of his life he would take many friends fishing and showed them the ture treasures of catching big fish. He loved watching people catch fish and the reactions they had when they caught their first salmon. He loved it so much that he decided to become a fishing guide and started his own business, Always Catchin’ Fishing Charters. 
Jess works closely with many big businesses in the gorge, such as Skamania Lodge. He was featured in a radio program that aired live from Skamania Lodge. Mr. Brian Wright, Co-Host for the Outdoor Guys (ESPN Hot Talk Radio 1510) from Kansas City went fishing with Jess and spoke all about his fishing trip live on the radio from Skamania Lodge.
SRC: Find information about rates and reservations with Always Catchin' here: alwayscatchin.com/rates/

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Romantic Getaway in the Columbia River Gorge

Oregonians are spoiled regarding the options we have for weekend "getaways." Most of our favorite destinations include great food and also some of the most stunning views you can find in the country. Looking for a romantic getaway for you and your partner? Hood River made the list of most romantic Oregon getaways:
1. Hood River
What makes an Oregon destination romantic? Stunning landscapes, good food and drink, and somewhere beautiful to stay the night. That's what we think at least, and few other cities in Oregon feature such a confluence of those qualities as Hood River. Nestled into the scenic Columbia River Gorge at the base of Mt. Hood, only an hour east of Portland, the small city makes for a perfect romantic getaway.
You can find a great meal at farm-to-table Celilo, scenic waterfront restaurant Riverside or gourmet delicatessen Boda's Kitchen, but Hood River might be an even better place to drink. Beer drinkers have a three-peat of epic proportions with Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery and Pfriem Family Brewers all downtown; wine lovers can head off to any of the 30 Columbia River Gorge wineries; while fans of cider can visit the whopping 11 cideries in Hood River Valley.
You can walk off all that food and drink on the many gorgeous trails in and around Hood River, including hikes up Mt. Hood, treks to find wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge, and paths for runners and cyclists alike. Alternately, you can stay inside and relax at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, ritzy Columbia Cliff Villasor rustic Bigfoot Lodge B&B. The key word for romance here is options – and Hood River delivers in spades.
SRC: Read about Oregon's other romantic getaways and vote for your favorite one!: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/01/oregons_best_getaways_the_most.html

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Timberline Trail Reconnected

After being impassable for the past decade, the Timberline Trail will finally be reconnected after a debris flow washed out a part of the trail in 2006. The Trail, one of the most iconic hikes in the Pacific Northwest, traverses around Mt. Hood, offering spectacular views of Hood and other mountains in the Cascades.  
The Timberline Trail has always been one of the very best hikes in the Pacific Northwest.
A nearly 40-mile trek around the peak of Mount Hood, the trail offers stunning angles of the mountain as well as views of the other giants of the Cascade Range: Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters.
But for the last decade that loop has been incomplete – cut off after a 2006 debris flow washed out a seasonal bridge and large chunk of the trail near the Eliot Glacier field. The closure has forced hikers to cut their treks short, or else find more difficult paths across.
Thankfully, those hiking headaches will soon fade. The U.S. Forest Service announced this week official plans to reconnect the 40-mile trail, via a 1.5-mile re-route. Trail construction is expected to begin this summer, with the projected completion coming sometime in 2017.
“We’re thrilled to begin work on rerouting this trail to the new location so that crossing this area is safer for hikers,” Claire Pitner, eastside recreation manager for the Mt. Hood National Forest said in a press release. “The 1.5 mile reroute will minimize exposure to loose boulders which otherwise could pose as hazards for hikers.”
The new segment of trail will run south of the old path, crossing Eliot Branch at a spot the forest service hopes will be “more protected from the scouring action of the stream.”
The announcement comes after years of complaints from local hikers.
“Another hiking season has passed, marking eight long, inexcusable years,” since the trail was washed out, Tom Kloster, founder of the Mount Hood National Park Campaign and president of Trail Keepers Oregon, wrote in a 2014 blog post. “Today hundreds of hikers each (year) ignore the Forest Service notices and follow sketchy boot paths across the Eliot Branch to complete the Timberline Trail circuit.”
Kloster outlined a proposed reconnection at the time that appears to be the template for the official forest service proposal today. His idea would save the forest service from implementing a “million dollar” solution, he wrote in the blog post, utilizing a seasonal plank bridge to cross the creek at a better location.
Whatever the new trail ends up looking like, it will be a welcome relief to hikers looking to complete the 40-mile loop.
“We tried to locate the trail so that it would be minimally impacted on an annual basis by changes in glacial flow, but we have to keep in mind that the ground on Mount Hood is constantly changing,” Pitner said. “We are doing our best to provide a safer crossing that will remain in the same location for many years to come.”
SRC: Find the original article here: www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2016/feb/03/timberline-trail-finally-being-reconnected/

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Photo Contest

Have you taken some amazing photos of the Gorge over the years? Submit your 2016 photos to the Friends of the Columbia Gorge photo contest. The 2015 contest had some great shots (including the winning photo, featured at the top of this post) that are worth looking through!!
The 35 & Gorgeous Photo Contest has ended! Thanks to everyone who took part, and congratulations to our grand prize winner, Jeremiah Leipol
Look through the spectacular photos submitted to the contest HERE.

SRC: Find more information about Friends of the Columbia Gorge here: www.gorgefriends.org/section.php?id=115

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Beer & Pizza at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River

If you find yourself in Hood River after a day hiking in the Gorge or skiing at Mt. Hood, stop by Double Mountain Brewery if you're craving great pizza and tasty beer. No reservations in advance, but you can enjoy a beer while you wait, and maybe listen live music from local bands who frequent Double Mountain. Add it to your list of places to stop by!
DOUBLE MOUNTAIN WAS FOUNDED IN 2007 WITH A CLEAR MISSION: MAKE GREAT BEER FOR CRAFT BEER FANS! 
Ours is a “brewers’ brewery”, with an uncompromising focus on beer quality. From the beginning, our goal was to make beers that we liked to drink. All of our beers are served up unfiltered and long-aged, to deliver maximum flavor and character. The beers can be very complex and assertive, but with the ultimate goal of proper balance. We aim to satisfy both the hardcore aficionados and the more casual craft beer fan, all in the same glass. With all great beer…. comes expansion! We are growing, you are drinking, so we’ve added a new bottling line to compliment our draft beer selections and fulfill your desire to drink fine beer wherever you are!
SRC: Find their website and tap list here:  www.doublemountainbrewery.com/

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