This week’s report is brought to you by Classic Wings Aero Services in Hood River. At Classic Wings, you can go for a flight over the Columbia, around Mt. Hood, or anywhere your heart desires. And if your heart desires to learn how to fly, Classic Wings can help you out with that too. If you’ve never taken a scenic flight in the Gorge, you should. Darla took me up one day, and I was amazed. You can see your ski hill from above, your bike trails from above, and you can take awesome photos of the entire Gorge Gym from above. I know it sounds really touristy, but it’s a great experience and I totally recommend it!
It’s another light start in the Gorge, as we’re in a typical fall pattern of warm days and cool nights with high pressure holding across the Cascades. As a weak low pressure system works its way eastward today, west winds will build into the 14-18 range near Hood River early afternoon, filling in out to Rufus, and possible Arlington, late in the day.
If you need something to do this morning, the Huckleberry festival is going on in Bingen, and the Gorge Fly-in is still going at WAAAM in Hood River. If you want to see the cool planes, head over early, because many of them fly home today, like birds migrating for the winter. And… don’t forget that you can take a $20 plane ride with Scenic Wings and my friend Darla.
Coming up tomorrow, a ridge of high pressure builds over the Cascades, shutting off the west winds If you have a ski boat, it’s going to be a great day for wakeboarding. It’s also going to be perfect weather for standup paddling, road biking or anything else that’s fun on a no-wind day.
It looks like the ridge will hold through the middle of the week, giving us sunshine and highs near 80. We probably have more sunshine coming, but it’s always good to take advantage of every warm fall day. So make plans to get out in the sunshine and build up a vitamin D stash for the coming winter!
Boaters, the White Salmon is still great at 1 ¾ feet, the Klickitat’s still runnable at 730 cfs, and the Tieton is holding at 1830 cfs. I know the Kayak Shed is running the swap again this morning, so there are lots of used boats on sale. I’m not sure if there will be more delicious coffee and donuts.
I almost forgot… there’s a Gorge Constitutional Tea Party rally in Dallesport today from 2-4. No matter what political sentiments you hold, this will be an entertaining (or angering) afternoon activity.
Have a great day today!
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