Of course, we always hope for a few more weeks of Indian Summer in October, but inevitably there will be a few rainy days this month. Luckily there is still plenty to do around Sakura Ridge.
I love strolling through the The Columbia Center for the Arts on a rainy afternoon to check out the newest show in the gallery or take in a live performance. This month, the feature event is “The Crush: A Celebration of Columbia Gorge Wines and Fine Art.” All month long, the gallery will feature works that celebrate the sensuality of wine and the excitement of the harvest season. Every Friday there will be a wine tasting featuring a local winery culminating with a special event on the 25th that will bring together winemakers and vineyardists for a conversation on winemaking in the Gorge. What better way to spend a crisp fall Friday night!
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Last Sunday got our hearts pumping with a white water rafting trip on the White Salmon River. The White Salmon is a 44-mile tributary to the Columbia river that originates in the glaciers of Mt Adams on the Washington side of the Gorge. In October of 2011, the Condit Dam on the lower section of river was removed to allow free flow from the headwaters to mouth. Parts of the river have been designated Wild and Scenic and it is easy to see why.
Sunday was a perfect day to be on the river, only 3 boats went out with our morning trip so we practically had the place to ourselves! The White Salmon is a gorgeous river canyon, with steep, mossy walls, towering trees overhead and cold, clear water.
The trip we did was with Wet Planet Rafting. They have a private put-in and take-out on the river which gives you 2 more miles of rapids and an optional 20 ft cliff jump after BZ Falls. Very refreshing!
We also went over Husum Falls, a rollarcoaster 10-ft drop that gets the blood pumping! After the falls, a few more lazy rapids and we were back at the base. We were starving after all the excitement, so we headed just down the road to Big Man’s Rotisserie and enjoyed delicious Ugandan Chapati wraps fresh off the BBQ. Before heading out back to Sakura Ridge, we stopped for a quick wine tasting session at AniChe Cellars on Underwood Mountain. Love these ladies and their wine!
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