I just woke up, and it’s a gorgeous, amazing, beautiful, hell-of-a blue sky and sunshine day. Get out of bed and go ride a bike or go boating or paddle your standup board or do something out in the sunshine. Wow. What a day!
The wind picture isn’t very pretty today if you’re a windsurfer or kiter. Very light wind this morning might (and that’s a big maybe) turn into some afternoon thermals in the 10-15 range from Stevenson to Hood River, but that’s about it. Tomorrow starts off very light and likely rainy, but as a front pushes across Oregon in the late afternoon, westerlies pick up into the 16-19 range.
If you’re into biking, or you like watching biking, it’s a good weekend. The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic is in town. The guys are doing 92 miles in the saddle today and the gals are doing 71, but there isn’t much opportunity to watch. Tomorrow, however, will be great, as it’s Criterium day in downtown Hood River, with crashes, carnage and chaos. Definitely make plans to come check it out.
Other things going on today include the Tour De Hood Fun Ride, The White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium, the Gorge Cup windsurfing slalom race at the event site, assuming there’s any wind at all, and a National Trails day work party at Buck Creek.
Coming up tomorrow there’s Outdoor play dot com’s paddle benefit for First Descents. That takes place at the Hood River Waterfront park starting at 11am. There will be kayaks and standup boards available on a first come, first served basis, and all you have to do to join in the fun is raise $25 for this awesome charity.
Josh Sampiero, extra-cool editor of Windsurfing Magazine still needs a room. If you rent one to him from June 15th – August 15th (or so), he can give you money and entertain you. He’s a bright, fun guy, and he probably makes a mean matzo ball soup! If he does, I’m coming over for dinner. His email: Josh.Sampiero@bonniercorp.com
Have a great day today!