Travel Blogs from Hood River
Remember how last winter my family went to Guatemala for a month? Well, we're doing it again this year. Except we’re going to Nicaragua. For 6 weeks. And we are renting a condo instead of staying with a family. Oh, and Guy is only coming for two weeks.
Plus a lot of other people that we know are joining us, including the boys’ cousin Lila, and their best buddy, Ben, as well as Guy’s brother ...
... a unique experience for us was that we took a hidden trail to it. Last time Chris was here, the main trial was closed due to construction; however, he saw people down by the falls, and discovered an alternate trail that was even better due to the fact that it passed right under the Columbia River Scenic Highway bridge just below the falls. This route was definitely much more scenic and less congested.
Last but not least was the waterfall Chris dubbed ...
... as the sun had just peeked out from underneath the clouds and was setting behind Mt Hood. The Columbia River was sprawling in front of us, and the volcanic peaks to the North were in the backdrop.
From there, it was a very short drive to the town of Hood River. The town of barely 7,000 people will be our home for the next 3 days. Our super charming B&B turned out to be kept by a pair of elderly Yugoslavians, who made us feel right at home, We were just a few blocks ...
... the salmon.
The fish were sorted yesterday for ripeness. The females that were ready to spawn were placed in a large tube to keep them separate from the general population and placed back into the pool. The ripe males are placed in a mesh basket for safekeeping and placed back into the pool.
Interestingly, many of the salmon are ready to spawn but will not spawn unless they have access to a gravel bed. As one would suspect there isn't ...
La Mariposa, where the boys and I might study next winter. Sally and I will also
spend a few nights on Isla Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua that has 2 big
volcanoes, lots of petroglyphs and a ton of bats. Nicaragua has more
types of bats than any other mammal—120 different kinds. Some of
them are vampire bats. Nature Tip: While I always thought that vampire bats were called “vampire”
because they were pale, handsome ...