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Airstream road trip to Hood River and Columbia River GorgeAirstream road trip: Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Bonneville Dam


The Annual Hood River Valley Harvest Fest features dubious arts and crafts, rows of tables loaded with apples and other produce from local farmers, and a commercial tent for vendors demonstrating Slap Chops, ginsu knives, pet hair rollers, Bass-o-Matics, etc. It is irrationally windy in Hood River, which contributes to it’s reputation as a windsurfing Mecca. Seeking shelter from the gale, we spent hours in the wine and beer tent (agreed, we would have been in there anyway), where Ralph uncharacteristically made friendly small talk with several tipsy female festival patrons. The 17-piece White Salmon Jazz big band was the entertainment highlight.

Desperate for rehydration after the long sobering walk back to the car from the festival grounds, we stopped in at the happening Double Mountain Taproom (Full Sail isn’t the only ale in town.)

Camped the night at Viento State Park near Starvation Creek (Lewis and Clark certainly assigned some of the worst place names in the world to locations in the Northwest) and watched the salmon swim through the fish ladder through the underwater observation window at Bonneville Dam on the way home.

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