OREGON AND WASHINGTON GUIDE
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Johnston Ridge Observatory will be closed for the winter season at the end of the day on Sunday, November 9. The observatory will reopen in mid-May 2009 for the 2009 visitor season (opening date will be dependent on weather and snow levels).
Mount St. Helens was known as "the Fuji of America" because its symmetrical beauty was similar to that of the famous Japanese volcano. The graceful cone top, whose glistening cap of perennial snow and ice dazzled the viewer, is now largely gone. On May 18, 1980, the missing mountaintop was transformed in a few hours into the extensive volcanic ash that blanketed much of the Northwestern United States and into various other deposits closer to the mountain.
Even before its recent loss of height, Mount St. Helens was not one of the highest peaks in the Cascade Range. Its summit altitude of 9,677 feet made it only the fifth highest peak in Washington. It stood out handsomely, however, from surrounding hills because it rose thousands of feet above them and had a perennial cover of ice and snow. The peak rose more than 5,000 feet above its base, where the lower flanks merge with adjacent ridges. The mountain is about 6 miles across at its base, which is at an altitude of about 4,400 feet on the northeastern side and about 4,000 feet elsewhere. At the pre-eruption timberline (upper limit of trees), the width of the cone was about 4 miles.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wilfs is located in Portland Oregon's Pearl and River District at Union Station
Wilfs statement on life...
Things that endure: Humor, optimism, celebrations, no matter how small. Cooking endures; it brings people together in a way that offers comfort and even joy.
Sustainable Local Fare
Jazz for Dessert
Scroll down the page to The Oregon and Washington Guide and click on Wilfs link to learn more.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
We recently saw a fantastic performance by Michael Allen Harrison http://www.michaelallenharrison.com/ and his band along with his friends at JIMMY MAK's a Jazz Club in Portland Oregon Jimmy Mak's. Downbeat Magazine rates Jimmy Mak's as one of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz.
Have you ever left after seeing a performance and thinking this was more than just a great music event. You felt that your were part of the band and you were at their home being entertained, it's a wonderful thing to see people do what they have a passion for.
The band and the guest that were on stage with Michael Allen Harrison were Israel Annoh (drummer), Phil Baker (bass), Michael Bard (tenor and soprano saxophone), Tim Ellis (guitar) and Tanner Johnson a very talented 16-yr-old violinist. Patrick Lamp who is a Northwest favorite (alto saxophone and vocalist) http://patricklamb.com/ and the wonderful voice of Julianne Johnson (Recording Artist, Actress and Director). http://www.siteskins.net/juliannerjohnson/2.html
The following is from Michael Allen Harrison's web site.
His music is best described as a genre of it's own. His cutting edge, classical contemporary style carves a distinct niche of timeless music which far exceeds the scales of his Steinway keyboard. As a sought after producer, composer and arranger, this well-known concert pianist has been in the music scene for over two decades.
Michael Allen Harrison believes in the power of music to soothe and inspire, to enliven and bring people of all ages together, and to foster creativity in future generations. Guided by that belief, he founded The Snowman Foundation in 1999 to support and promote music education among young people. To learn more about Michael Allen Harrison and the Snowman Foundation http://www.michaelallenharrison.com/
Friday, May 23, 2008
Fed by the crystal clear water of underground springs originating in Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls divides into two distinct sections as it crashes to the ground. The much taller upper falls is thinner and longer while the lower section is wider and stronger. There is a fairly easy, short hiking trail up to Benson Bridge. In 1914, Simon Benson, then owner of the falls, replaced the existing log bridge with this much wider and safer bridge, crafted by Italian stone masons. Whether looking upward to the top of the falls, or downward over the lower half of the falls visitors can thoroughly enjoy great views of the Columbia River and of the falls themselves.
For the more adventuresome visitor, there is a hiking trail to the top of the waterfall. This hike is long and strenuous. It's a mile long and is made up strictly of several switchbacks heading upwards at a forty-five degree angle most of the way. There are several resting points, and the view at the top is very much worth the effort.
Hiking Tips: When you start out from the parking area, you'll pass a historic 1925 stone lodge, a good place to pick up a map or a quick ice cream cone. Walk to the left of the lodge, straight toward the falls to find the paved trail switchbacking up to a stone bridge between the two segments of Multnomah Falls' long cascade.
The classic hike here follows a paved 1.1-mile path to the top of the falls. But you can beat the crowds and see half a dozen extra waterfalls if you have the energy for a longer loop to Wahkeena Falls.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Under the leadership of Dr. John McLoughlin, the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver played a central role in the European settlement of the Pacific Northwest. As the anchor to British claims in the Pacific Northwest, Fort Vancouver was at the center of competing interests between Great Britain and the United States. With Fort Vancouver as its regional headquarters, the Hudson's Bay Company controlled 34 forts and posts in a territory encompassing present-day British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and the Hawaiian Islands.
An 1835 visitor to the fort described it as "the New York of the Pacific."
Owing to its national significance, the site was designated a National Historic Monument by Congress on June 19, 1948. In 1961, its size was expanded and renamed Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Extensive archaeological documentation of the Fort Vancouver site from the 1940s to the present has provided a significant body of information for the interpretation and reconstruction of Fort Vancouver and its environs. Buildings reconstructed to date include the Chief Factor's House, bakery, blacksmith shop, central stores and fur storage facility. The site continues to yield important archaeological information concerning early nineteenth century patterns, events, processes, design and construction methods. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is administered by the National Park Service.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Mark began performing at the age of fifteen with local bands that played local venues. He was tapped to sing in a band called Freddy Chapman and the Idaho Playboys after he won a local talent contest. After Chapman left the area, Lindsay saw the other band members and a new member, Paul Revere, playing at a local I.O.O.F. Hall. He persuaded the current band to allow him to sing a few songs with them. The next day he was working at his regular job at a bakery when Paul Revere came in to buy supplies for a hamburger restaurant that he owned. This chance meeting began their professional relationship.
If you are in the Portland area you will need to visit Mark Lindsay's Rock Roll Cafe, this is Portland's first and only celebrity restaurant. It's similar to a Hard Rock Cafe where you can relax amongst classic guitars and rock and roll memorabilia while listening to K-Hits 106.7 broadcast live from the radio studio that is located in the corner of the restaurant. On Saturday nights you may see Mark Lindsey as a DJ working in the radio studio or mingling with the people in the restaurant and bar.
The Teepees in the pictures are available to rent and they hold of up to 10 people. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)
Kah-Nee-Ta Village was completed in 1964 and named for the Indian woman Xnitla, "Root Digger" who had owned the property. Xnitla was a scout and spiritual leader who used the natural hot springs and indigenous plants and roots for medicinal purposes and religious ceremonies. The Lodge and Convention Center opened in 1972, followed by Indian Head Casino in 1995.
In the spring of 2001, the Tribal Council approved unifying Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Indian Head Casino, forming what is now Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort & Casino.
Friday, April 4, 2008
The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, Oregon. Scroll down to Oregon and Washington Guide and click on link for EVERGREEN AVIATION AND SPACE MUSEUM - Home of The Spruce Goose.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
It is the land of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Paiute Native American Tribes, stretching from the snowcapped summit of the Cascade Mountains to the palisaded cliffs of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon.
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
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Thursday, March 13, 2008
Take a look at her web site http://www.shakeh.com/ and click on music to hear her songs. She travels the west coast from San Diego California to Seattle Washington.
Ever since its founding in 1917, the garden has received the best roses from around the world. At first, European enthusiasts rushed to send hybrids to the new garden, hoping to save rare specimens from destruction during World War I. Today, growers send samples to be judged every June during the Portland Rose Festival, when experts inspect blooms and choose winners in the prestigious Portland Best Rose Contest.
For the visitor, the International Rose Test Garden promises row after row of fragrant flowers during spring, summer and even into the fall months. Most of the garden is arranged for viewing by category with each colorful variety clearly marked for identification. Volunteers are available for questions as they deadhead bushes to ensure better blooms.