So there I was, living at Cat House, surrounded by 25 felines of every size, sense and sensibility. Waiting to be rescued. Elvis stopped by. In 13 seconds, my life forever changed. I was picked out - picked up - by the basset alpha of Surf Dog Diaries. In no time, I was in the car in a box, on my way to my new home with my new surf dog family.Read More
"Ice Age floods carved a wide river gorge through the Cascade Mountains, tearing through ancient volcanic rock and cresting at more than 700 feet high.
"After the floodwaters receded, they left behind a mighty river flanked by towering cliffs, its tributaries now flowing into dozens of towering waterfalls.
"The 75-mile Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the most spectacular, scenic stretches in the state of Oregon." - The Oregonian
With these words, The Oregonian, just begins to capture the story of this magnificent place we call home.
Check out their story today "10 natural wonders of the Columbia River Gorge."
It's our own Oregon, and national, treasure. The Columbia River National Scenic Area.
The Oregonian just published a book, Oregon's National Treasures - it's for pre-order sale now. It looks amazing.
Of course we love our Gorge the most - but there are many spectacular natural treasures here - the Oregon coast, Crater Lake, Mount Hood, Smith Rock, Painted Hills, Multnomah Falls. (Oh but we claim you Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood - your are our own.)
We're in this together.
Savor our state and support our hometown newspaper. Maybe even buy their book.
My first trip to the Windsurfing Capital of the World, the Columbia River Gorge, was 1987. I got slammed. But I was hooked. I came back every summer that I could, traveling 20 hours each way in a car packed with dogs, camping gear and boards.
It was like leaving the bunny slopes of San Diego's Mission Bay and stepping up to the black diamond runs of windsurfing.
The dogs and I fell in love with the place - the majestic scenery, the active lifestyle- the small town community spirit. So we moved here 10 years ago. Though we miss the good friends and family left back home, it was the best decision ever.
It howls wind here. The dogs sail with me on light wind days, at the beginner beaches, Hood River Event Site or The Hook - the only places I feel it's safe for them.
They always wear protection - wetsuits, life vests and leashes. We've not had a near miss with windsurfing dogs, and I never, ever want to.
Then some genius invented SUP (stand up paddle boarding) which is far less challenging for dogs, so we could go out every day! All four of us, before we lost our old basset boys to old age last year.
It's all about the ride. The ride of life with a dog.