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old rail siding…

up on the Northeast side of Mt. Hood in Pine Grove (Oregon)…fruit processing country.

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Pine Grove sign-railroad-SwittersB


Pine Grove Aerial Google Maps


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…….


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.



Infections Increasing, Columbia ‘River Nose’, Studies Commencing

Mr. Bean~River Nose

Mr. Bean~River Nose

Search Continues For Cause Of Columbia’s ‘Rivernose‘                           Hood River, OR   August 27, 2008 1:03 a.m.  Federal and state scientists are researching the windsurfers’ ailment known as Rivernose. As Christy George reports, what started as a rural legend on an internet site has become a high-tech mystery.

‘For years anyone, who has spent much time around windsurfers or kite boarders on the Columbia River, has heard people complain of “river nose” (a runny nose that doesn’t seem to stop), cuts that get infected or take a long time to heal, sore throats, and diarrhea. While most people who use the Columbia do not experience these or other ailments on a regular basis, we are concerned that over the last several months Columbia Riverkeeper has received an increased number of reports about these and other symptoms.’


‘HOOD RIVER, Ore. — They call it “river nose,” an occasional affliction that has been a mystery for at least 20 years. Some avid wind surfers and kite boarders have complained of symptoms that can include stuffy noses, sinus infections, sneezing attacks, cuts that don’t heal, nausea and fatigue. This year, the number of reports of symptoms are higher than ever.’ 


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