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Sep 26, 2017 - cruising round the Hood

Mt. Hood is underrated. If it were a national park like Mt. Rainier, it's neighbor to the north, everyone would know about it. We had never heard of it until we came to Oregon the first time. But now we understand that both these mountains are part of a volcanic chain along the Pacific coast. Mt. St. Helen's became a lot more well known when it blew its top in the '80's and people died as a result. We hope to visit a few more members of this august volcano family on this trip if the snow doesn't get to us first. These volcanic mountains...

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Sep 25, 2017 - the Fruit Loop

The Columbia River forms the natural border between Oregon and the state of Washington. About eighty miles of this border just east of Portland is the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. It's a dream location for those who love the outdoors. Special wind conditions attract wind and kite sailors who zip back and forth across the water. And more usual outdoor sports like hiking, mountain biking, sailing and fishing are popular, too. We've traveled through the gorge once before when we were still working and always in a hurry. We did not do...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Wildflowers and Orchards

Today's trip was to the Hood River area to see what wildflowers were blooming along the Historic Columbia River Highway and at Rowena Crest Viewpoint. If the clouds permitted, I might even get a glimpse of Mt. Hood. Leaving I84 at Mosier, the former US 30 winds through open fields, orchards, pasture and farmland. Many of the open fields were filled with white, blue, purple, and yellow wildflowers. I don't have a Washington wildflower manual, but I recognized California poppies (yellow/orange), daisies (white), and chicory (blue). I was...

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Aug 26, 2014 - Day 3

76 mile ride today - one big climb - felt fine. Found a nice brew pub before dinner. Managed to piss off a tight assed female rider in our group enough that she changed tables at dinner. I asked her what her profession was before retiring - which was investment banker. I sarcastically replied something about her being one of those evil people. This is the same woman I overheard ask when the "real" lunch was going to show up the first day. We were making our own sandwiches. Also, Walt and I have been trying to keep up with this really nice...

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jakes bike ride

Jul 4, 2014 - Hood River, Oregon

We spent our final days in Oregon in a flurry of garage sales, errands and goodbyes. A brief camping trip in Hood River with chums, watching windsurfing competitions and fireworks, provided a much needed interruption to packing and paperwork. Getting together with our original Portland friends (Carrs, Pilkingtons, Hogans, and Quirks), who we had known now for over 20 years, our children growing up together, made leaving even more difficult. The upcoming separation even threw off Dave and Fran's pong game, making Team Plunkington the victors...

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Rumsky Retirement?

Jun 29, 2014 - Hood River Oregon

Well boys and girls not much to tell here. We have sold our house and must leave at 7 am tomorrow to go home and clean out the house and attend the closing. I am only giving Cindy a week to get this done. We have hired packers and movers, selling a lot of the furniture with the house but still tons of stuff to be put in boxes. At least we will get internet and tv and cell service when we get home. This is a state park in a wooded area with very limited service. We took I-84 along the Columbia River as we arrived in Hood River, the wind was...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Multnomah Falls, OR

Hello Everyone, Today as we were heading north out of Oregon to Washington, we stopped along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Much to our surprise, this area was spectacular! We thought we were going to see a quick waterfall along the side of the Scenic drive, but that quickly became about 4 hours of hiking! We visited the Wahkeena Falls, Multnomah Falls and the Horsetail Falls! Each was a different level of hike, with a completely different waterfall! What a splendid way to end our visit of Oregon! To see this ‘Waterfall...

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Oct 30, 2013 - Hood River, Oregon

Depart: Delco, Idaho Arrive: Hood River, Oregon Actually we are camped just over the Columbia River in Washington State from Hood River. I am amazed they let us on the bridge. Ray had to pull in the mirrors on the truck so vehicles could go by in the other direction, tight fit. But I guess we had paid our toll so we were allowed. We are backed up facing the Columbia River, with the train tracks between us and the river. At least when the trains go by here they do not sound their whistles. It is very windy and the mighty Columbia River is...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Touring with Jim and Shirley Fenstermaker

Today it started off misty and damp. Typical for Washington and Oregon coast. We toured the Columbia River Gorge area and the Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery. Then off to see the house that Jim and Shirley are building. It has been quite a project for them and they will so glad when they can move in and relax somewhat and enjoy the views. On the way back we dropped Shirley off for her exercise class and we went back to Jim's and picked up our car. It was a rather long day and everyone was tired. Not quite sure how Shirley was going to work...

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May 28, 2013 - Heading back to Hood River

Kristy flew home this morning and I headed out too. Back to Hood River. I decided to head back here for a few days before moving to Bend Oregon. My friend Bob and I explored the Rose Gardens and Japanese Gardens in Portland today. Beautiful locations and walking distance from the city of Portland. Visit My Portland Rose Garden Images Photo Album Visit My Portland Japanese Garden Images Photo Album

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May 9, 2013 - Hood River

Today I drove several hours to Hood River Oregon. I met up with a previous co-worker (Bob S) who showed me many of the sites in the area. We did a 13 mile round trip hike to an awesome waterfall that you walk behind in a tunnel. Hood River is a wind sport heaven. The Columbia river offers a huge amount of space to play. The biking and hiking here are also excellent. They do have snowy winters for skiing fun on Mount Hood. Buddy and I also hiked a location called Deschutes River State Recreation area. Bob suggested the place but warned to...

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Jun 28, 2012 - More of Hood River

We will be leaving this area tomorrow so David wants to buy some salmon today. We drove to Cascade Locks, where the young Native American girl was a few days ago, but she is not there today. Not to worry, there were several other people there ready to sell fresh caught salmon. David bought 3 salmon at $4.00 pound, but he had to filet them. Still that is less than half what it costs in the supermarket. They are very nice sockeye salmon and the meat is really red. We drove on to Portland, but on the way we saw a Camping World, so of course,...

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