Dear Dog Diary:
Can you believe summer is almost officially over? Labor Day weekend is our summer farewell party. Boy, that went by fast! It's not over yet, but it will be....
Here in the Columbia River Gorge, we live in a national scenic area between Mount Hood and the Columbia River. We hang out where Hood River (a.k.a. Dog River) meets the Columbia.
It's a magical place for outdoor sporty types - water dogs, windsurfing dogs, SUP pups, mountain-biker dogs, snow dogs, avalanche dogs, hiker dogs, kayak dogs, dogs that camp, fish and dogs that give back.
We're a tight-knit community of pets and people - cool dudes and dudettes - kite surfers, orchardists, artists, high tech engineers, snow birds (the human kind,) small businesses, families and kids.
This was back-to-school week in Oregon. Teary-eyed kids headed back to class. Tourists packing up rigs for their drive back home. At last, we hounds get more room to roam. Hooray for us!
Part of me is excited - fall means harvest in our farming community. Pears and apples falling to the ground.... Warrroooo! Pears are my favorite - juicy, tasty, sweet. Hood River County is tops in all the world for producing pears. Among other things.
People drive the Fruit Loop through Hood River County, where you tour family farms and fruit stands and get a country life experience.Not sure what all the fuss is about, but my mom's into our wine country and all the microbrews they make here.
And, here, we're famous for waterfalls and sunsets. We probably have unicorns, too.
Fall means colorful leaves, wacky costumes, turkey day, fireplace weather and indoor sports! After tourists go home, it's a locals' summertime.
In any season, we're happy to share the ride of life with you. It's more fun to hang 20 toes on the nose of life - with our people - dog people.
That white stuff on the front porch will be here before we know it....
HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! Now, get out there and PLAY!!