Baxter's Blog


Posted in Human Interest by misterroadtripper on June 22, 2010

The broken-down mower, the hen house, the garage and our house.

We’ve had several requests to show and tell what Hood River is like. Well, it’s one of the world’s top windsurfing and kite-boarding Meccas. The Columbia River Gorge has lots of wind and water… and surfers travel from all over the globe to test their skills here. The town of Hood River has Mt. Hood on the south and Mt. Adams on the north, both snow-covered most of the year. In between are dozens and dozens and dozens of orchards (cherries,  apples, pears and blackberries, gooseberries, huckleberries) plus umpteen different vineyards, wineries and a couple of breweries. All this and salmon fishing, too. The area is surrounded by forests, the Bonneville Dam is twenty minutes west and Portland is about forty minutes past that. Washington state is across the river. We have ring-necked pheasants and deer and raccoons and quail in the yard… and we raise chickens. The eggs, by the way, are for sale by the dozen.

—Bob Baxter and Mary Gardner

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