Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Registration open for Gorge ride

MOSIER, Ore. — Registration is open for the seventh annual Gorge Ride on June 15 to raise money for the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Cyclists will ride the 38.5 miles from the Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead near Hood River and back on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail including through the Mosier Twin Tunnels.

Registration is open via www.gorgeride.eventbrite.com. The cost is $35 for adults and $15 for riders age 6-11.

The ride is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oregon bass club meets March 28

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Ron Lee of Offshore Guardian will present a program on cold water survival including a video on the effects of cold water on the body.

The public is welcome.

Skibowl slates pond-skimming event

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Mount Hood Skibowl’s 12th annual Snow Beach Festival will be Saturday, featuring a pond-skimming contest at noon.

Activities begin at 10 a.m., with a wing-eating contest and micro-beer and spirits tasting starting at 11 a.m.

The pond-skimming contest is scheduled for noon to 2:30 p.m. In the event, contestants attempt to skim across a pond of mountain water in costumes. Clearing the icy water is not a requirement to win and dramatic landings help score big points.

A hot dog eating contest begins at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., freestyle skiers and riders will compete in a terrain park in an attempt to win prizes.

A snow-tubing party is scheduled from 6 to 11p.m.

For more information, go online to www.skibowl.com or call 503-222-2695.

Wounded vets to get chinook trip Saturday

Fifty wounded veterans from Joint Base Lewis McChord will be taken spring chinook fishing on Saturday in the Columbia River as part of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders’ second annual event.

Keith Hyde, president of the Columbia River chapter, said more than 30 boats will participate in the largest military fishing event in the West.

The event is expected to use 30 parking spots or more at Vancouver’s Marine Park.