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Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge

I have been living in Portland, OR for about four years, and I love so much! It is such a unique city with a population of crazy, caring, environmentally friendly, and conscious people! The vibe is low key, and loving. All of the people here are nature lovers. Into the outdoors. It is one of those places where you need sunglasses and a rain coat at the same time. If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. This doesn't even phase Oregonians. Running, biking, walking, and hiking all the time. The forests are so green and full, it is beautiful. It is close to the Columbia Gorge, an awesome range to hike and rock climb, with a great view of the Columbia river. An hour away is Mt. Hood, with some excellent snowboarding at Timberline, Meadows, and Skibowl.
Sweet Mt. Hood! I love you!
Timberline is a glacier so it has snow all year. In the summer pros come and rip up the parks! An hour and a half west is the coast. Winter is actually better to surf because it brings money waves, and the water seems warmer when the air is so cold. Ha! Is also great in the summer. Huge stretches of sand to walk or drive down. Soccer and bonfires! yeah! Two hours SE is the high desert, where bend, and the Deschutes river are. Smith Rock National Park, great climbing and hiking. Temps reach 110F in the summer. Everything is so close!

Downtown in Portland there is everything you want. Awesome music in several venues all year. Big names come through the Shnitzer Hall, and all the small venues are intimate, and excellent. Music is GREAT here in Portland. We have the blazers playing in the Rose Garden.
Oregon coast sunsets.
Good time to watch them because they are rockin this year!
There is a huge variety of food. And tons of super cheap food carts. Great unique creations from the locals. And the Beer. Oregon is the best state for microbrews. There are so many breweries in Oregon, it is insane. Rogue, Deshutes, Ninkasi, Hub, Bridgeport, Lompoq, just to name a few. I will never drink mass produced beer again!

But I digress, The mentality of the people in Portland is so positive. Recycling, great bus transportation, people riding bikes everywhere to save gas. Smoking bans, that prohibit smoking inside of restaurants. A positive perspective on so many important issues. Portland has fantastically green forests, and parks, and the weather is always so mild. I love this place and am happy to call it home. Everyone should visit this place, and see what I am talking about. I would love to share info to anyone who wants it!


yasuyo says:
Nice blog! That's interesting city for sure!
Posted on: Jan 26, 2010
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Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge
Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge
Sweet Mt. Hood! I love you!
Sweet Mt. Hood! I love you!
Oregon coast sunsets.
Oregon coast sunsets.
Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge
Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge
Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge
Pool of Winds in the Columbia Gorge
35,000 Swallows nest in this chimn…
35,000 Swallows nest in this chim…
Rock climbing at Broughtons Bloug…
Rock climbing at Broughton's Blou…
Hood river on the way home from Mt…
Hood river on the way home from M…
Monkeys face at Smith Rock Nation…
Monkey's face at Smith Rock Natio…
Smith Rock National Park.
Smith Rock National Park.
Smith Rock National Park.
Smith Rock National Park.
Smith Rock National Park.
Smith Rock National Park.
Smith Rock National Park. Thousand…
Smith Rock National Park. Thousan…
Climbing at Carver. SE Portland.
Climbing at Carver. SE Portland.
SE Portland, spring
SE Portland, spring
Multnomah Falls, right outside Por…
Multnomah Falls, right outside Po…
Waklela Falls, right outside Portl…
Waklela Falls, right outside Port…
Purple flowers
Purple flowers
Soccer time in PGE Park Stadium.
Soccer time in PGE Park Stadium.
Lots os farmland in Oregon, the gr…
Lots os farmland in Oregon, the g…
Hiking to Bagby hot springs, south…
Hiking to Bagby hot springs, sout…
Hiking to Bagby hot springs, south…
Hiking to Bagby hot springs, sout…
Beautiful.
Beautiful.
Columbia river gorge.
Columbia river gorge.
Columbia river gorge. Wild animals!
Columbia river gorge. Wild animals!
Oregon coast.
Oregon coast.
Oregon coast.
Oregon coast.
Oregon coast sunsets.
Oregon coast sunsets.
Oregon coast sunsets.
Oregon coast sunsets.
Sun, and rain, at the same time, y…
Sun, and rain, at the same time, …
Rufus loves his snow.
Rufus loves his snow.
On the way to Bend, Oregon.
On the way to Bend, Oregon.
The Deshutes river.
The Deshutes river.
The Deshutes river.
The Deshutes river.
The Deshutes river.
The Deshutes river.
Springtime in Portland. So many be…
Springtime in Portland. So many b…
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