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First, I’ve been slacking on the prize drawings, so without further ado: The previous winner of the 2nd Wind hiking package didn’t claim the prize, so the rad hiking pack with all sorts of goodies goes to Heidi C. Last week’s prize, a free month at Crossfit Hood River, goes to Mark D. And finally, this past week’s prize from 2nd Wind, a Mountain Hardware Flip sleeping bag, goes to Big Jim (he’ll probably need it in Baja!)…
The wind was light on the river at 5am this morning, and it’s going to stay that way for much of the day today as high pressure bridging the Cascades keeps a significant pressure gradient from developing. At best, westerlies will pick up late today into the 10-15 range from Hood River out to Maryhill.
Coming up tomorrow, a trough of low pressure slides across the BC-Washington border. That area of low pressure combines with high pressure off the coast for a decent westerly gradient through the Gorge. Although the wind doesn’t look super strong, we should see 17-20 during the morning and 22-26 in the afternoon. But before you get on the water tomorrow, remember the White Salmon Firemen’s pancake breakfast! There’s no better way to fuel your day than with a big plate of pancakes!
If the models hold for Sunday, high pressure will fill in across the Cascades for a sunny day in the Gorge and a glassy day on the river, so break out your sunscreen and your paddleboard for a last blast of summer!
Coming up this weekend, it’s the Gorge Fly-In up at Waaam, where you can see cool planes and vintage cars. Also this weekend is a disc golf tournament at the Mt. Adams Lodge, and a whitewater rafting race on the White Salmon River on Saturday afternoon.
And speaking of whitewater, the Kayak Shed is having a swap meet on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am. Drop off your gear today, and get there early Saturday for the best selection!
And finally, the White Salmon’s at 1 ¾ feet and the Tieton’s at 1800cfs. I think half of the Gorge paddling community is headed to the Tieton this weekend, so grab some friends and head out there!
Have a great day today!
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