Upcoming November Events In The Gorge

November 6, 2013 by:

Hood River, Columbia River Gorge

Autumn isn’t over yet…

In fact, the colors are ablaze and will continue to hold court for another couple of weeks and this precious transition is not to be missed!

Enjoy November while you can. Brave the misty, rainy evenings, put on your water proof pants and drive a little slower down those old, winding roads. Here are some worthy events to mark down on your calendar so you can savor the rest of the season!

Hike The Gorge

11/9 /  Hikes all over The Gorge / Party in Carson, WA / Hiking all day / Party 6 – 10pm

Featuring 100 hiking options spread out from West to East across the Gorge area, this is your chance to participate in a true Gorge appreciation day and celebrate the scenic majesty that makes the Columbia Gorge a globally recognized natural wonderland.

Satiate your pallet afterwards at our Hike The Gorge party, where you can enjoy good food and local beer and wine at the lovely Elk Ridge Golf Course in Carson, Washington. This is also your chance to participate in a photo contest and share stories about your unique hiking experience. Proceeds from party tickets benefit the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society as well as $1 for every mile hiked.

Let’s get together and commemorate the natural places we cherish the most!

Mt. Hood Film Festival

11 / 8 thru 11 / 10 / Hood River

November in the Pacific Northwest simply begs you to cozy up inside a warm room to watch a movie while the gray unfurls outside. Opt for a cold/warm combo and enjoy Hike The Gorge on Saturday and a day of independent film masterpieces on Sunday. This year’s Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is the 2nd annual installment and features countless gems at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River!

Veteran’s Day Parade in the Dalles

11 / 11 / The Dalles / 11am

Wondering what to do with your day off? Get down to The Dalles and participate in The Dalles Veteran’s Day Parade!  Enjoy a picnic potluck lunch following the festivities and then take advantage of the scenic location and find an afternoon hike or a cozy vista point to snap some photos of the Gorge’s ever changing autumn-to-winter landscape.

Gorge on Tap in Portland

11 / 19 / Portland / 5:30 – 7pm

Alright Portlanders – it’s the end of a long work day and you don’t have the extra inner battery to get yourself out to the Gorge, but you do have enough energy to meet up for delicious micro-brews at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland and learn about various issues facing the Columbia Gorge area as well as helpful tips for how to plan hikes using a 3D Gorge map. Cheers to that!

Balch Hotel November Supper Club

11 / 23 / Dufur, Oregon

How about prepping for the pre Thanksgiving mayhem with a cozy getaway in a historic bed and breakfast? How about enjoying a gourmet meal served in courses, which includes roasted pork tenderloin and amaretto parfait?


You say you’ll be eating rich, delicious food a mere five days later that includes turkey and gravy and pie?

That’s five WHOLE days. Plenty of time to digest, recharge in a picturesque location and enjoy the quite reflection that a change of scenery provides the soul.

Columbia Gorge Thanksgiving Winery Open House Weekend

11 / 29 thru 12 / 1 / All throughout The Gorge

You began the holiday with a supper club getaway – now you can complete it with a celebration of The Gorge’s abundant wine bounty at the Thanksgiving weekend winery open house!  Choose your favorite participating wineries and make a day of it, taking your time to truly say farewell to November, Gorge style.


We weather enduring warriors of Oregon and Washington know that the Calendar’s change doesn’t doom us into boredom fueled hibernation. It simply alters our focus, readjusts our wardrobe and inspires us with the deep peace that a more watery, wintery Gorge has to offer.

Stay tuned for December’s Gorge Events!




World Environment Day

May 30, 2013 by:
Andre-and-LandscapeComing up soon is the United Nations World Environment Day, June 5th. This is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. There are many activities going on that day around the world, one Portland local event that directly effects The Columbia River Gorge, aka The Gorge, is being put on by the North Portland Coal Committee - a pro-environment, NO Coal sidewalk procession with a 30 foot river puppet led by a giant salmon and trailed in its wake by environmental activists carrying signs opposing coal exports through the Pacific Northwest. “The procession was organized to honor our air, land, and water. We hope to inspire others to protect Oregon’s unique natural resources now and for future generations,” said Jere Grimm, one of the artists and organizers. “Learn what actions you can take to protect our beloved Northwest from the proposed air, land and water polluting coal trains and barges on their way to Asia which are threatening us,” said Bonnie Meltzer, another of the artist planners and co-founder of the North Portland Coal Committee. People can join in at any place or time. Begin at the NW corner of SW Salmon and Naito Parkway; continue on Salmon to SW 6; Right on SW 6th to Pioneer Square; Circle the square until 1:00 pm.

Strong Winds and Blizzard Conditions Expected Sunday

December 22, 2012 by:
Wind And Blizzard Conditions Expected For The Gorge, Sunday.

Wind And Blizzard Conditions Expected For The Gorge, Sunday.

In the last week we have had a major amount of snow fall in the mountains surrounding The Gorge with reports of over 5 feet in places, so when they say we are to expect to see the strongest storm of the year, starting by the end of the weekend, it gives me pause, and a bit of a reminder that winter is indeed here.  Here is  more information about whatto expect.

Read more:

Strong Winds and Blizzard Expected Sunday Evening

DEQ to Award Draft Permits for Coal Exports by end of February

December 9, 2012 by:

DEQ draft permits for Coal Exports through the Columbia River Gorge to be awarded by the end of February.

Coal-export foes, including many bused in from Salem and Hood River, appeared to outnumber supporters at the last DEQ meeting,  before considering whether to issue draft permits by the end of February.

Read more here -

Coal export meeting in Portland draws a crowd of about 800

Columbia River Highway Project Extends New Bike Path

December 8, 2012 by:

New bike trail in The Gorge when completed with allow cyclists a way to travel between Troutdale and Cascade Locks without having to get onto the shoulder of I-84. Work is on this missing 1.6 miles of trail to completed by the summer of 2013.

ODOT  continues to work to extend a paved bicycle and walking trail1.6 miles from John B. Yeon State Park to Moffett Creek in The Gorge. This is actually the last missing section to connect Troutdale to Cascade Locks, without forcing cyclists onto the shoulder of I-84. This trail and bike path will be a paved 12-foot wide path. It is accessible for hikers, walkers, bicyclists and people using wheelchairs. The trail will require a pedestrian bridge over McCord Creek, parallel I-84 to the south and cross under I-84 at the Moffett Creek structure to connect with the restored State Trail.  The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.

Here is a related article  more about the project.

Columbia River Highway project extends new bike between Troutdale and Cascasde Locks

Portland and Hood River Breweries Win Big at the Great American Beer Festival

October 14, 2012 by:

In The 2012 Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, Colorado recently -  Hood River breweries came away with 3 metals and Portland with 8 metals.

Not that Oregon’s reputation as a craft brew capital needs burnishing, but a healthy shot of national recognition is always welcome. And that’s just what happened at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Oregon breweries walked away with a total of 23 medals, breaking down into five golds, 11 silvers and seven bronzes. Portland brewers led the haul with eight medals, followed by Bend with five, Baker City with four, Hood River with three, Pacific City with two and Newport with one.


Oregon brews win big at beer festival

Columbia River Gorge trip report by Dianne Faw

October 5, 2012 by:

Columbia Gorge trip report by Diane Faw

The day we drove along the Columbia River Gorge was the prettiest day of the Portland part of our vacation. It was just gorgeous with sunny weather, blue skies, blue river and blueberries! We saw this U-Pick blueberry stand along the way and since neither of us had picked our own blueberries before, we decided to give it a try. They also had already-picked berries but we thought the ones we picked ourselves would be sweeter for the effort.


Columbia River Gorge | Dianne Faw

Portland Parks Bureau Launches Arts-based Preschool

October 4, 2012 by:


Portland Parks and Recreation launches pre-school art school.


Little Artists Preschool, part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Multnomah Arts Center, opened Monday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that students, staff and parents attended. The children snipped the ribbon under the guidance of center Executive Director Michael Walsh.

Link -

Portland Parks Bureau launches arts-based preschool in southwest Portland

Twenty Reasons to Love Portland Oregon

September 30, 2012 by:

According to Sydney Morning Herald, here are the top 20 reasons to visit Portland:

Twenty Reasons to Love Portland, Oregon


1.  Close to nature

2.  Distillery hopping

3.  Craft brew capital

4.  The Weird and Wonderful

5.  Fifty Shades of Gray

6.   Stripparoke

7.   Food Carts

8.   Powell’s Books

9.   Finding Portlandia

10. Cheap Transport

11. The 4T Trail

12. Tax Free Shopping

13. Urban Wineries

14. Washington Park

15. Restaurants and Bars

16. Portland City Grill

17. Rooftop Views

18. Bike the Bridges

19. Lan Su Chinese Garden

20. Hotel Deluxe


Learn more about why? View article here:

Twenty reasons to visit Portland

Note to Portland Police…

September 12, 2012 by:

Portland Police practice shooting their guns without properly notifying US Forest Service near Cape Horn.

If you’re going to go target shooting on someone else’s property, you might want to give them a heads-up. Especially if that property happens to be part of a federally designated scenic area that includes peregrine falcon habitat, and centuries-old petroglyphs. Police didn’t notify the U.S. Forest Service about the training they organized for 35 tactical team officers from Portland and elsewhere around the metro area, said Stan Hinatsu, a Forest Service manager. The federal agency oversees the site — Cape Horn — where the targets were set up.

See more here:

Portland police target shooting in Columbia River Gorge raises Forest Service …