Archive for November 9th, 2013

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Nov
13

Fly Tying: Light Wire Emerger Hooks

The newer (last several years) light wire, curved shanked hooks have facilitated more realistic patterns. At first they were a uniformly curved shank hook, sometimes also called a pupa or scud hook. Now there are many more variations of the curved shank, all designed to float the thorax portion of the pattern in the film, and dip the abdomen into the film and below…like an emerging mayfly attempting to break free.

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09
Nov
13

Photography: Stairway to………….

Stairway to SwittersBAn old foundation and stairway. No home, torn down some time ago near an old saw mill that long since vanished. 

09
Nov
13

Photography: Progressions in Grief…..

Seem drawn to this cemetery theme. It was a cemetery setting atop a wind swept hill. The wind was blowing down from the East, out of the Columbia Gorge. Chilly, unsettling. As I gazed down at this family’s progression of loss, I imagined the family standing atop this hill, once again, suffering the loss of a child. Even one child seems unfathomable.  

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09
Nov
13

Travel & Life: Mr. & Mrs. SwittersB’s One Night Stand……….

Long ago, in a time so far away, life was busy and time constraints (available vacation time, career demands) made it impossible to grab much time away. So when my wife and I decided to get married back then, it was in retrospect, the economy package.

It wasn’t the traditional hoopla church wedding. It was a backyard wedding (my parent’s yard), then a backyard reception (her parent’s yard) and then away for the honeymoon (a one night stand) at the Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, Oregon. Yep, one night was all we could afford and all the time we could get away.

The Columbia Gorge Hotel was pretty fancy back then. It still has some history and quite a few folks get married there judging by the pictures in Google Images. A little about the hotel is in order…….

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It was built in 1921 by Simon Benson. It took the place of the Wau Gwin Gwin Falls Hotel. Of course the Wau Gwin Gwin Falls still tumble off the cliff, down to the mighty Columbia River, behind the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Photo form Hood River Historic Society

The hotel changed ownership through the 1920’s & 1930’s given the Depression etc. Then it became a retirement home for many years, and then it was renovated in the 70’s. It seemingly prospered until 2009 when it was foreclosed on and closed. New owners have once again opened the doors the last few years and we wish them success with this historic site. I mean we had our honeymoon there! (more here)

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A recent visit showed the Columbia Gorge Hotel and grounds still very beautiful. The parking lot was full of weekend travelers. So hopefully this bodes well year round for the hotel’s success.

 




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