Hood River

Oct 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

This morning we arrived at Hood River, Oregon to explore the area just on the north side of Mount Hood, located only 30 miles from the legendary volcano. The area just to the south, called Hood Valley, is an important area for growing fruit. A lot of tree fruit comes from the area, especially pears, and the orchards are loaded at this time of year. Rich volcanic soil leads to very productive farming land, with plenty of rain and sunny summers.

Today we crossed officially into western Washington and the ecosystem is very different. Large and lush forests carpet the hillside and mist clings to the cliff edges. We spent our day visiting the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and going hiking at a local park that was formerly a railroad line. Everyone got to visit the Draper Girls farm out in Hood Valley and taste some of their fabulous fruit and cider. In the afternoon we sailed under the picturesque Bridge of the Gods and continued downriver towards the Pacific Ocean.

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James Hyde


James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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