Portland & Vicinity

Ascending Mount Hood

The following is a guest post from Mitch Stevens, Sierra Club hiking leader and founder/lead guide of Southwest Discoveries. Based out of Tucson, Arizona, Southwest Discoveries offers multi-generational guided tours of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, the Tortolita Mountains, and more. Visit Southwest Discoveries for more information.   The snow-cat rumbled to a stop amidst the barren rock and snow fields on Mount Hood, Oregon’s iconic summit at 11,250 feet. It was an eerie sensation to be grinding along in pre-dawn blackness; we had to start our journey at 12:30 am to…

Visiting the Portland International Rose Test Garden

Last year, I wrote about my first and only 24 hours in Portland. I haven’t been back since, but the vitality and spirit of the city draws me back. One of the sights we visited (that I never went into detail about) was the Portland International Rose Test Garden. It’s time to fix that mistake and share some info…

24 hours in Portland

Grading Overall – A Portland is a dynamic city.  Not only do you have the usual art, culture, fine dining, and business that most big cities have, but you also have beautiful Mt. Hood, waterfalls, forests, and the remarkable Columbia River Gorge. I was only able to spend 24 hours in Portland last June, but I think I got a good representation of the city.  After flying in to PDX,  we began our afternoon along the Columbia River Gorge, driving along Route 30.  Since we only had a few hours to sightsee, we chose to drive to Multnomah Falls, the…