9/27 Gorge wind and events

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 September 27, 2012

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This week’s sponsor is Dirt Hugger, offering curbside food waste collection service for your business, school, office, store, restaurant or hospital in Hood River and The Dalles. All that food waste becomes awesome compost for your garden, yard, farm or vineyard. You can pick up that compost or have it delivered. If we as a society can’t make composting happen through our cities and counties, at least we can make it happen through a cool local business. This is one of my favorite businesses in the Gorge. Support them, please

As you guys have probably guessed, the Twin Tunnels Trail is currently closed due to Milepost 66 fire, big enough to cause us trouble, but too small to make the “Large Fire Map” or Inciweb. If you’re curious about Cascade Creek (near Mt. Adams), here’s the Inciweb report. Luckily for the firefighters, we’re not going to see much wind today. That won’t help air quality in Hood River, but it will keep the fire from growing quickly, and that’s good news for all of us.

We’ll see light east wind near Hood River this morning, picking up to 5-10 by early afternoon. Near Stevenson, we’ll see easterlies increase to 21-24, and Rooster Rock gets east wind at 24-28 today. Tomorrow starts off with very light east wind, switching to west wind at 5-10 mid afternoon, maybe picking up to 10-15 late in the afternoon.

In the extended, and not very reliable, long-term forecast, the west wind picks up to 17-20 on Saturday, but backs off on Sunday and possibly switches back to east wind. In the even-more-extended forecast, it looks like the warm and dry weather may finally take a hike around the middle of next week. Start dusting off your mountain bike now… Speaking of mountain biking, the HRC Trails meeting is tonight at 4pm at 601 State Street.

Coming up this weekend, we’ve got a busy Saturday, if nothing else: it’s the Hood River Harvest Ride, thankfully riding routes around the upper valley and not the trail to Mosier. Also Saturday, it’s the White Salmon Homecoming Celebration, with $20 raft trips from BZ to Husum. Sadly, Pacificorp is keeping the Lower-Lower White Salmon closed for another few weeks, so no rafting the new section, but the BZ section is still worth a trip, especially for $20. Sadly, if you haven’t registered for the free salmon dinner following the trip, you’re out, as it’s full. Hey, what do you expect when you offer free food to a bunch of river enthusiasts?

If those events don’t appeal, there’s Crossfit Hood River’s annual BBQ and throwdown at the Hood River Marina from 9-2 on Saturday. I’m not sure if you have to throw down to get food, but those paleo CF people sure know how to BBQ!

Have an awesome day today!