Hood River

April Doornbos Starred Page By April Doornbos , 30th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Hood River is a beautiful place in the Columbia Gorge

Port of Hood River

Just off of an engineering miracle the I-84 they said couldn't be built along the shores of this once unruly river that has been tamed by the location of eight damns that control the levels of the waters that flow along in this immense river that is teaming with fish and all sorts of wildlife that call this region home. This region gets its name because this is where the Hood River joins the Columbia River, it is located near the White Salmon river that recently had its dam removed to allow spawning salmon return to its waters, this may take several years due to the silt that will take years to settle so the spawning fishes eggs won't suffocate and die. The marina has a host of interesting activities for all ages including wind surfing lessons for the beginners which is hilarious to watch as these kids continue to fall off there board but for those advanced surfers this the top location for wind surfing. The Port also has pontoon aircraft docking available, you don't see that everyday, boat houses are also moored in the few available slips that are always occupied.

Hood River Pioneer Museum

This small museum is free and located to the left of the marina as you drive in, outside is one of the stern wheels that pushes the ferries through the river, they are large and so are the boat they power that are still in use, at one time there were so many fish in this river they used to get stuck between the planks as they rotate around and through the water, watching them go by you can't help to image how it once was one hundred years ago when this part of the United States was still very wild and untamed. Inside there are short videos about a bygone era of America, how early fishing lures were designed and how they worked, also there are many antique spinning wheels, carriages, tools, saws and different tools used for everyday life for farms, fishing and hunting.

Hood River Cherry Blossums Festivul

This annual event is one of the highlights of this area, every spring few a couple of brief weeks all the fruit trees burst into blossoms, apples, cherries and pears. Last year I was fortunate enough to arrive during the peak of the blooming trees and met a woman who invited me horse back riding through the orchards, it was breathtaking as the petals fluttered to the ground as we rode and off in the distance was Mount Hood the tallest peak in Oregon a nearby thirty miles away, covered in snow all year round and between the mountains was Mount Adam that is located on the Washington side of the river Columbia. This area in known as the Fruit Loop, it is 35 miles long traveling along winding roads that go up and down between the endless miles of orchards.

Hood River Sports Mecca

In this often over looked sleepy little town is a haven for many sports that take place on this outstanding stretch of the Columbia besides being the wind surfing capital of the world and kite surfing, their are kayakers, stand up paddle boarders , something I will never try , jet skiers and all kinds of water related activities. Also checkout the Columbia Gorge Hotel, it was built during the twenties and people like Rudolf and Clara Bow used to stay there during its hay day , it was original built by timber baron Simon Benson, the view from the hotel is unbelievable since I stopped at the hotel last year and took a tour around the lovely and beautifully landscaped gardens and the masonry work around the hotel and gardens are quite unique, in fact the hotel is in the National Registry of historic places. Oh and lets not forget the waterfalls that drop off the side of the cliffs the hotel is built on, I stood there gazing out over the river and right below me I saw a Bald Eagle catching its breakfast such a sight to behold, one I will never forget!

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Historic Places, History Of United States, Travel

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author avatar April Doornbos
In my younger days I exercised famous racehorses until I injured my spine since then I have traveled to Europe many times and all over the Unite States.

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