Wednesday. No wind. Plenty of rain. Dirt that’s almost to TACKALERT stage. Anyone want to give me a ride to Kingsley?

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 September 24, 2014

Random Morning Thoughts

Today seemed like a good day to turn off the alarm and catch up on sleep. I woke up at 9:21, a sign that I really needed to catch up on sleep. I haven’t slept that late in a long, long time. So thanks for your patience with the report this morning. As consolation for you having to suffer through my laziness, I am providing you with a couple of Post Canyon reports that were sent by people not so lazy as I was this morning. 50% TackAlert has been issued.

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Gorge Wind

Today: Light and variable. Tomorrow: light and variable. Friday: light and variable, thank god, because I’m spending the day in Portland and Vancouver. As for the coast, expect south wind and big, messy swell.

Today’s Gorge Wind – these are ranges for the average speed, not a predicted wind range. =)
Your favorite beach Dawn
Rooster’s Rocks wet sand is butt colored
Steven’s Locks light and variable LTV
Hatchery/White Salmon Sandbar (minus a few for Hood River) light and variable LTV
Doug’s, Lyle, Rowena light and variable LTV
Rufus, etc. light and variable LTV
Roosevelt, etc. light and variable LTV
Temira’s sail: 35-40: 2.9 / 30-35: 3.2 / 26-30: 3.5
23-26: 4.0 / 20-23: 4.5 less than 20: something bigger!
Tonia’s kite: 35-40: 4m / 30-35: 4-6m / 26-30: 5-7m
23-26: 7-9m / 20-23: 8-10 / 15-20: 10-12 / 10-15: 13-15.

Gorge Weather

Today is going to rain in the Gorge, on and off, and with this many clouds in the sky, we’re probably not going to see rainbows. Temps will be in the low 60’s early and mid to upper 60’s this afternoon. As of this morning, the front causing the rain was to the west of us, and it will slowly, ever so slowly move east. When that happens, later today, tonight, or tomorrow, the rate of rain will increase. Expect a rainy Thursday with temps in the mid 50’s early and mid 60’s in the afternoon. Rain will taper off to showers in the afternoon, and we’ll have an 11% chance of rainbows. The snow level tomorrow will be around 8500′. Friday looks cloudy and showery as low pressure hangs over the Northwest. Temps will be near 50 in the morning and near 70 in the afternoon with a 24% chance of rainbows.

White Sprinter Van with Cheezburger and Temira


Road and Mountain Biking

With all the rain in the forecast, lots of people have been asking about moto trails and SDS and Kreps land. Nothing’s opened yet, so stay tuned for updates to land closures over the next couple days. And in the meantime, we had .1” of rain overnight, and I got two reports from Post Canyon. One report said the dusty parts were still dusty (Ron M), but most of it was better, and the other proclaimed tacky dirt (Megan B). So, it’s getting there, folks, and I bet that the higher up you go, the better it will get. And don’t forget about Syncline – it’s more exposed to the rain and might have some nice dirt (and rocks) for you today.

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River Levels / Fish Counts/Cheezburger Update

The John Day Dam is reading 80-103kcfs. The Dalles Dam is putting out 114kcfs. There are two river-wide logs on the White Salmon: 1 just below Cave Rapid on the Middle and one below Cave Wave on the Lower. Cheezburger and I had sushi last night and talked about work. There were 10,943 Chinook, 3861 Coho, and 2463 Steelhead over Bonneville Dam yesterday. I’m going to go over to Windance and get some fish today.

Interesting Gorge – Last Call for Speakers

Interesting is simple: an afternoon or evening of 20 different people each talking for 3-minutes about something they love/hate/do/did/know/care about/obsess over. It’s like TED talks, only quicker, quirkier, and just plain more fun! Past topics include: “Why Kale will save us”, “Why I drink my own urine”, “Living with the knowledge of your impending death”, and “Gone with the Wind in 3 minutes”. November 15th. Mosier School. If you’re interested in speaking, we want you. Application deadline is September 22nd (but we might just extend it). Click on the headline above for more details about Interesting. You’ll find the speaker application form on that page too. Fill it out and send it to me.

Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

In events tonight, it’s the last Post and Pinot ladies bike ride of the season, but that’s weather permitting, so give Dirty Fingers a call to see if the ride is on or not. If it’s not, I suspect there will be several Post n’ Pinot gals hanging out at the shop. Tomorrow is also the last Post n’ Pint of the season, weather permitting and dirt permitting, and if we really do get a sh*tton of rain, then that’ll end up canceled and the shop will show a movie instead. Tonight’s also the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle at 5:30 at Husum, a track workout in Stevenson at 6, and ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 6:30.

Coming up this weekend, it’s Hops Fest in Hood River, combining beer and the great outdoors. It’s the final race of the Oregon Enduro Series, happening at Skibowl and Sandy Ridge on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s also the Wasco Salmon and Steelhead fishing contest on the Deschutes.

Have an awesome day today!