5/28 Gorge rain, upcoming wind, and things to do

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 May 29, 2013

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Good morning,

There’s a new thing going in the Gorge: Wind not right to surf or kite? Stand up paddle and do it right! New Gorge Non-profit Club– the Gorge SUPer Club, Inc. is now offering season memberships for families and adults. Variety of boards brought to the *Site of the Day* each day starting June 21. No more lugging your gear around. Let the SUP Club do the work! All equipment provided for one low membership fee. No rentals. Members only. For complete details, email the SUP club or phone 541-8zero6-26one2.

Wow. This is some rain. We’re at .33” already today, 1.7” for the month, giving us .72” more rain than normal for May. Thanks, Hood River Weather, for the information.

Tonight’s the busy night in the Gorge: at 3:30, there’s pickup touch rugby at Henkle Middle School, at 5:30 there’s the Post and Pinot women’s bike ride – although I suspect that will be canceled due to wet and sloppy conditions on the trails – also at 5:30 there’s a group paddle on the White Salmon, meeting at Husum. Then at 6pm, there’s sailboat racing and an ultralight backpacking class at the OSU extension office – the class is just $10, and they’ll teach you how to make your own dehydrated food n’ other stuff.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

In wind news today, it’ll be light through early afternoon, and then we’ll have gusty 15-18 from Stevenson to The Dalles with gusty 23-27 further east. Tomorrow looks stronger and steadier, with 16-19 in the western Gorge and 24-28 east of Hood River. Friday brings light wind, but the weekend is looking like it will bring stronger, steadier wind with more sunshine. It might even be summer-like. Hooray! Prepare yourself for the onslaught of windsurfers and kiters as the Gorge proves that it’s a windy place. Sorry, road bikers.

Coming up this weekend, along with drier and sunnier weather, and no more rain, there’s a work party on the 44 Road Trails with Ranger Jimmy T. Yay Jimmy T! If you spend time on those trails, show up to help – meet at Little John at 9am on Saturday. After the work party, head to dirty Fingers for a 44 Trails Association fundraiser and to learn about future trails – Jimmy has big plans for the trail system up there, and you’ll want to hear about them (from him, not from me). Also Saturday, at 2pm, it’s the ribbon-cutting for the White Salmon Bike Park.

In The Dalles on Sunday, it’s the all-women’s Gorge-Us Gals Ride, benefiting Haven’s services for victims of domestic violence. Visit the ride website to sign up for the ride.

Have an awesome day today!