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Join Wet Planet Whitewater Center, Kayak Shed and Columbia Center for the Arts as they host two nights of water adventure films with the REEL Paddling Film Festival this Friday and Saturday. 8pm. $10. The paddling films have something for everyone and include all types of paddling: sea & whitewater kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddling and even surfing. If you were on the mailing list, you’d be competing for free tickets. But then again, $10 is cheap. See you there!
Today is a day to cross your fingers. Cross them for the cherry farmers in Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles, Odell, and Maryhill, because the cherries in the valley have started splitting, and today’s heat isn’t going to help matters. And cross your fingers for no thunderstorms during the upcoming heat wave, because heavy rain, hot weather, and then sunshine is a recipe for doom in Cherryland.
It’s yet another light wind start. And it’s 60 degrees with 87% relative humidity. Get ready for a hot and sticky east-coast-style day in the Gorge. We will see the wind pick up a bit as a week high builds along the coast. Expect a slow build to 10-15 in the western Gorge by midday with as much as 14-17 from Stevenson to Doug’s this afternoon. Nothing special, but definitely better than nothing at all!
Tomorrow starts off warm, sticky, and wind-free – unless you count east wind at 10-15 at most – and stays light. We may see a light west breeze pick up very late in the evening. Try Jones Beach tomorrow for 17-21.
Saturday looks better, as high pressure off the California coast drives onshore flow (thank god, given the forecast of 90+ degrees) across the region. We should start the day with upper teens in the western Gorge, picking up into the low or mid twenties. Sunday now looks to bring west wind in the upper teens (the previous model run said no wind at all), so maybe, just maybe, we won’t all die of heat stroke this weekend.
For Monday through Wednesday, expect east wind and temps in the 90-100+ range near Hood River.
|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Stevenson||E 0-5||W 5-10||10-13||14-17|
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||light||5-7||10-13||14-16|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||light||light||5-10||14-17|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||light||light||light||5-10|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||light||light||light||light|
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Hopefully Post has dried out enough to call for the Tack Alert – yesterday was more of a Slip n’ Slide Alert in there. I’m going to check it. I’m sure it will be perfect by Post n’ Pint time this evening. 5:30. Dirty Fingers. One free beer if you complete the ride. $4 pints after that.
In other bike news, 10 Speed Roastery is showing the bike movie “Where the Trail Ends” at 6pm on Friday. Come watch dudes who think they’re hardcore riding trail-free desert, destroying the delicate desert ecosystem. Oh sorry. It’s a cool flick if you’re into mountain bike porn.
Starting Friday, it’s the Gorge Dinghy Invitational in Cascade Locks. They have Tasars at this race. I looooovvvveee Tasars. Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the REEL Paddling Film Festival Friday and Saturday evening, and it’s Windfest this weekend, with low-cost windsurfing demos ($5 for members, $10 if you’re not – join your damned advocacy organization, people) and free clinics at Hood River’s Event Site. Also this weekend, back from the missing, it’s the Blowout race, from Stevenson to Hood River.
It’s about to get really hot around here, so if you’re looking to beat the heat, think about some whitewater rafting or kayaking. The Klickitat is at a really fun 1500cfs, the White Salmon’s right around 2 ¾, and the Hood, well it’s bony but doable at 4.2′. You could call my friend Lisa – she has this rad new boat and needs to take it down some rivers.
Have an awesome day today!