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Old 07-25-2007, 04:55 PM
 
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I read some people in Portland/Salem etc (rainy areas) will escape on weekends to the Eastern part of Oregon.

Can someone tell me where to go to get some brighter skies?

Thanks
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Leaburg, Or
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I see you don't have many replies but I would say if it's rainy up there your best bet would be south down I-5.Alot of storms sweep down from the north but don't quite go all the way south.Roseburg,Medford,Grants Pass
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I don't ever feel as if I need to escape. A little bit of coudiness and rain doesn't bother me because, when we have the set-in rains it usually means inland is receiving the snows and I choose moderate temperature rains to cold snow any day.

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Old 07-27-2007, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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The Gorge! Hood River is a very popular windsurfing spot. There is also Multnomah Falls which has hiking trails. The most beautiful drive (in my opinion) is the "Hood River Fruit Loop" I think the chamber of commerce has the map. It takes you through the Hood River valley and it's multitude of orchards (cherry, pear,apple, etc.) and also gives you a great view of Mt. Hood. Plus you can stop along the way to buy fresh in-season local fruit, YUM!
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I live in Corvallis, and I go to Central Oregon to find a drier climate. It's much harsher than the Willamette Valley or the coast during the winter, but the rest of the year it's a great place to find open skies - plus it smells like juniper. It's a much longer trip from Portland than the Gorge, but it's well worth it. Highway 26 will take you most of the way there.
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Old 07-30-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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Thanks zachmull, just what I needed.

Are there any places close to Salem for a weekend with sunshine in the winter time? See, I have the SAD symptoms and need to go get some sun when it's dark and cloudy for periods at a time.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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you can just head east for sun and stop at the first place you can afford, east side of the mountains. Bend is spendy, but there are nice places nearby. Find a rental home in Sunriver resort, take your bike and relax and breath deep fresh (dry) air.

If you have time, head out to the fossil beds (John Day) or Steen's Mtn.

If you head to Hood River and it is rainy, keep going 15 miles east (Mosier, Rowena is much drier) I like Dufur, and Tygh Valley, but these aren't the closest to Salem.
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:08 PM
 
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Bend and/or Sisters and the surrounding areas are your best bet.
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:43 PM
 
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I live in Corvallis, and I go to Central Oregon to find a drier climate. It's much harsher than the Willamette Valley or the coast during the winter, but the rest of the year it's a great place to find open skies - plus it smells like juniper. It's a much longer trip from Portland than the Gorge, but it's well worth it. Highway 26 will take you most of the way there.
"Smells like Juniper". That's a perfect descriptive for eastern oregon in general.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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"Smells like Juniper". That's a perfect descriptive for eastern oregon in general.
Let's hope not. Juniper is a water thief that exterminates all competing vegetation. It has unfortunately spread because of fire suppression. If an area attains a 60% closed canopy of Juniper, it will be so ecologically damaged that it will never recover naturally, even if the juniper is removed.

Vast areas of Eastern Oregon need to burn, as soon as possible. However, the spread of housing into rural areas puts homes at risk from brush fires, so that is a real problem.

In the long run, the recent fires near Burns are the best thing that could have happened to the area. In the short run, many ranchers lost all their summer forage for cattle, and will have to sharply reduce the size of their herds to get by.
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