Oregon’s Mt Hood Territory is one of the most spectacular regions in the world. This lovely area is ripe with activities to explore and that is exactly what we will do on this episode of Next Stop. We will mountain bike, we’ll kayak, we will snow ski, we’ll golf, we will explore a lovely farm dinner, and one of the most incredible music festivals you will ever see. All this and more on Next Stop Oregon’s Mt Hood Territory. Today is all about having fun on Mt Hood. Let’s play! So Steve, I’ve gotten to do a lot of very cool things on Next Stop, but I have never skied in August!
Steve: It’s the place to be. It’s really about the only place you can do it unless you are in the southern hemisphere.
JON: It’s the only place in North America you can ski, right?
JON: Thats so cool. Obviously we are not alone, there’s a lot of people here.
STEVE: There is probably at least 15 camps up here today. Over there, all the race camps, they are running lanes, getting better at running gates and usually most of them are competing.
JON: So you are saying that pretty much anybody who is anybody in the skiing or snowboarding industry makes the trek to Timberline in the summer because this is really the only place they can train?
JON: So we are going to ski this today obviously, how is the snow different? Edumicate me.
STEVE: OK, well, it has all been recirculated over and over again.We haven’t had snow in a while, so it is very granular, similar to corn snow to the extreme really, as it gets warmer and it gets deeper you can get your edges caught up in it too, so you just have to be careful. It’s fun.
JON: OK, lets do it
02:02 JON: So there is one more thing I can check off my bucket list, that was awesome.
02:38 JON: So where else can you snow ski in the morning and do alpine sliding and mountain biking and other activities in the afternoon? Mt Hood, that’s where.
HANS: That’s right, this is the spot, Mt Hood Ski Bowl.
JON: This is awesome, man! Now I’ve been here in the winter, but i have never been here in the summer. You guys have over 20 activities?
HANS: We have over 20 attractions where you control the ride, including the northwests only half mile dual alpine slide which is right here behind us.
03:11 JON: So I have a new appreciation for the olympic lugers.
HANS: Pretty fun on that alpine slide wasn’t it?
JON: That was a blast, we got cruising, man it was a blast!
HANS: Yeah, good times.
JON: Now mountain biking. This is the easiest run you guys have here, it doesn’t look that easy to me.
HANS: This is our 4 acre free ride park, we’ve got 3 trails, easiest, more difficult and most difficult. We’re about to go down the easiest, because I am in the same boat as you, not quite there yet.
JON: Let’s do it!
JON: Now for something new.
HANS: Completely different. This is a tree top action zone, a new attraction here that we just opened up 2 weeks ago. We have the 5 story Tarzan free fall swing, where you are clipped into a rope, and you step and swing right on over towards the mountain.
HANS: Or you can keep going up the last zigzag balance bridge up to the Tarzan 6 story plunge where you are on a descender cable , you just click in, you step off, and you drop straight down and it slows you down right before you touch the ground.
JON: So if we are going to be like Tarzan, give me your best tarzan impression.
JON: Not bad, alright!
04:26 HANS: Are you ready to do this?
JON: Yep. Good to go.
JON: Woooooooooh! What did you think of that?
HANS: That was a blast! That was so much fun dropping off of that, I didn’t know quite what to expect, stepping out into space.
JON: I’m not going to lie to you, I was a little bit nervous standing out on the platform, it was like walking out on the plank going oh my gosh!
HANS: Well I wasn’t going to tell anybody but I guess you just told everybody.
JON: What a great day at the park, it started out at Timberline, then Mt Hood Ski Bowl, there is never a bad day on Mt Hood.
HANS: You hit a few of the good attractions here, we’ve got a lot more, you’ll have to come back another day and do the rest of them.
JON: Thanks buddy.
HANS: Thank you.
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05:21 JON: Up next, we kayak up the stunning Willamette Falls, and enjoy some of Oregon’s bountiful gifts.
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05:33 JON: We are with eNRG Kayaking in Oregon City and we are about to explore the mighty Willamette River.
SAM: So welcome to eNRG kayaking, my name is Sam Drivo, and we are down here on the wonderful, the mighty Willamette River about a mile below Willamette Falls, and we’re just going to paddle up to the falls, and in the process check out a couple of the great sights along the way. When you are sitting in the kayak, if your knees are splayed out to the side, it is easier to separate your upper and lower body.
JON: It’s beautiful down here.
SAM: Yeah, its nice out, huh Jon?
JON: It’s gorgeous.
SAM: Does anyone know what kind of rocks these are here?
SAM: Hard rocks? Yes, the rocks are hard here. It is Columbia River basalt, So this arch bridge right here it the first single span arch bridge ever made completely out of concrete, by an architect named Conde McCollough, and there is about 150 other bridges in Oregon that were designed off of this bridge
06:54 SAM: This is like the most historically significant public works project west of the Mississippi, maritime, anyway, and this is the first multi tiered lock system ever built in the world. So it was inspired by Leonardo DaVinci drawings, and when we decided we were going to build like the Panama Canal, all those engineers came here to learn about how they did it. This is a man made channel that goes from the top of the falls to the bottom, it’s a half mile or a mile long, and a ¾ of a mike long
07:34 SAM: This whole area here, like I said was a flour mill, then it turned into a woolen mill, and back in the early 1900’s, I think it was by 1915 they had created and sold over 5 million dollars worth of woolen merchandise, mostly for the federal government for World War 1 uniforms and blankets. You can see upstream from here, you can just start to see Willamette Falls, right now the majority of the water is just running through the turbines and coming out through a different place, that is why the waterfall doesn’t look like it has that much water, but that actually is the second largest waterfall by volume in the US next to Niagra, but as you can see the majority of the water right now is coming out of those generators. Everyone has their AC kicked on right now, the power usage, or the power demand is high at the current moment.
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08:46 JON: We’re at Dinners in the Field a wonderful event hosted at Out in the Garden Nursery, in lovely Clackamas County.
CHEF PASCAL: I want to welcome everyone to Out in the Garden Nursery, the idea behind these dinners started last year after we had opened our restaurant for 4 years, we decided to take our food on the road a little bit, and what better place to take it than the Clackamas area region where there is amazing farms, amazing winery, so we try to source as much as we can here locally, we try to work with as many people local as possible. I’m going to let Carol talk about what she does here, and then I am going to start cooking. Enjoy your dinner, have a great time.
CAROL: When we moved in, the house, the shop and the main barn were here, and the trees, and nothing else was so everything else my husband and I have created ourselves.
JON: These are your babies.
CAROL: They are.
JON: What is unique about this?
CAROL: The reason we did the display garden is one, we are gardeners, we love plants, and we wanted to make this a beautiful place to share with everybody, but it is also a great tool for selling our plants, because I can show you this plant at a mature form, what it is going to look like, where it does well.
JON: What is the difference living out here, this is just so peaceful.
CAROL: Well that is the best thing. I was raised on a 500 acre tree farm, and here we are 11 years later with this.
JON: Now you mentioned goats.
CAROL: Yes, we have goats.
JON: I want to go meet the goats.
CAROL: OK, we’ll go meet the goats.
10:20 JON: Do they all have names?
CAROL: Yes, of course they do. This is Emma.
JON: Hi Emma!
CAROL: This is Scotty, so they are going to fight over you. who gets rubbing and loving.
JON: I’ll take Emma. You have some amazing neighbors across the street, Rossi Possi Elk Farm.
CAROL: Yep, my husband and I are official elk wranglers, we help them handle the elk if the need, or emergencies. I was over this spring tagging calves
JON: She makes jewelry, unique jewelry.
CAROL: She does, yeah, she makes crappy jewelry, from elk poop.
JON: I think that is awesome. You have goats, they have goats, you have a petting farm here, the nursery, the elk farm, not that far out of downtown Portland.
CAROL: Nope, we are 45 minutes from downtown Portland.
JON: It’s great out here, and your event tonight is just fantastic.
CAROL: Thank you.
JON: For a good cause. Are you hungry?
CAROL: I am.
JON: Let’s eat.
11:19 JON: Mary, this is what it is all about.
MARY: Thank you. It’s a beautiful night, and a very beautiful event.
JON: Locals getting together, supporting the local farmers, having a good time in a beautiful setting. You mentioned how you met Chef Pascale, and this sort of synergy just happened.
MARY: yes, we were finding and learning about different ways that farms stay viable, in Oregon’s Mt Hood Territory, and he mentioned that he had tried a farm dinner, so from there the idea kind of blossomed and what a great combination to be able to come try some of the food that is grown here in this area, and also to try some of the beverages that are produced here.
JON: Well congratulations on your success.
MARY: Well thank you very much.
JON: I’m going to go try some of the food, and some of the beverages.
MARY: I think we should!
JON: Thanks Mary. Cheers!
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12:16 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we explore the Oregon Trails rich history, and we feature a world class resort.
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12:29 JON: We are in Oregon City, at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Before we talk about the end of the Oregon Trail Missy, let’s talk about the beginning. which is kind of what this represents.
MISSY: That;s right we are standing in Independence Missouri, This part of the room is all the things they would have to leave behind, and this is all the stuff they would have to take with them. These things right here are for one person, all those implements.
JON: 75 pounds of bacon, that stands out to me, I kinda like bacon. Bacon makes every
thing better, right?
MISSY: You could make it if you had your bacon.
JON: So Missy, how long did it take to get from Independence to Oregon City?
MISSY: 6 months, and the way they knew when to leave, it had to do with the grass in Independence, because they wanted their oxen to have a lot to eat, to have good food to eat as far as possible before they had to start looking for their food. It’s the end of the trail, because we are the only land claim office west of the Rocky Mountains. Even San Francisco had to come up here to file their plot plan.
JON: So I love how interactive this is. You’ve got lincoln logs over there, you’ve got tablets for people, this is really a self guided tour.
MISSY: It really is, and I really recommend people bring their children, and I know there is a lot of museums that have artifacts like this that don’t necessarily relish 6 kids coming in and…
JON: Touching things.
MISSY: Touching things, But we let them touch them, and we let them run, because there is lots of space, so they really get a hanksgood feeling about it, and they listen too, sometimes they’re more engaged than the adults.
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14:44 JON: We are at Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon, just a few minutes outside of Portland John, but I feel like I am a world away from the hustle and bustle, this is spectacular.
JOHN: Thank you. Well, it is the first golf resort in Oregon, and it is the only mountain resort in all of Oregon.
JON: You are full service, you’ve got a really nice spa, we checked that out today.
JOHN: Right, we encompass 284 acres, we have 3 golf courses, 3 nines. We have 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 15,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, we have croquet, we have lawn bowling, we have a wedding lawn, the Salmon River runs right by our golf course, and we have the Weburn, which is a spawning salmon stream.
JON: I’m a family man, and I noticed there are families everywhere. I would love to bring my family back here.
JOHN: It’s a great family destination, we have all kinds of outdoor activities
JON: One thing you have that I found, that is sort of a special treat for us is my cameraman and I went out last night and played the 18 holes putt putt course, and that’s awesome, it was fun, we had wagers, do you want to know who won?
JOHN: Because I already know you are going to tell me you did.
JON: I did!
JOHN: That;s good.
JON: There is an international flair here too , I’ve noticed there is a british phone booth, and you’ve got the Wee Bite over here, I’ve heard a lot of accents here.
JOHN: There is a lot of people, a lot if international travelers come here.
JON: This backdrop is just absolutely spectacular. Now, I haven’t played golf here for several years. Many years ago I did, and I remember it fondly. It was a challenging course, but a lot of fun. But I think today I’m here, the weather is perfect, I think I should play some.
JOHN: We need to get you out with Bryce Finman who is our head golf professional, he is going to get you out on the golf course in just a few minutes.
JON: I’m in!
16:35 BRYCE: So you are going to get ready to hit this shot here, your 5 iron should take you right over that rock. But, there is a little risk/reward here, and if you wanted to get close to that green, or even chance to drive that green on a par 4, you’re going to want this. This is a great hole to start out with, a little risk/reward right out of the gate.
JON: Let’s do it! Oh, sounded good. So I am digging the course, I’m digging the resort, but I am digging the pink putter!
BRYCE: Leave the putter alone. We’re going to go with the pink putter.
JON: I like it, I think it’s cool!
BRYCE: What makes it go into the hole, we don’t care what it looks like, right?
JON: No, we don’t. Looks don’t matter.
BRYCE: That’s my angle.
JON: Well I like it. I love the course though man, and what a job you have, and what a place to work. What a sense if a place, at the base of Mt Hood, the only course in Oregon like this.
BRYCE: It’s unique. I love being here.
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17:32 JON: We’ve attended many festivals around the globe, but none as colorful as the one you are about to see on Next Stop.
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17:42 JON: We’re in Happy Valley Oregon at the Pickathon music festival. I’m very happy to introduce the founder of the pickathon music festival, this is Zale. Zale, you founded this whole thing man?
ZALE: It was a small picnic, about 90 people when we started.
JON: No way. How many years ago was that?
ZALE: That was 16 years ago. As we look at this giant space, the other 6 venues are also musical rides in a lot of ways. One is deep in the woods out here, another one we build as a post modern industrial structure with PSU art department called the treeline stage, we have galaxy barn over here, and your rock and roll paradise ride, it’s always dark, whether it is noon or one in the morning.
JON: Everything is different, man. You have so many different feelings going on here, so many different moods, and the people, the people going here, everybody look so colorful, this is one of the most colorful festivals I think I have ever been to.
ZALE: That’s great. We have a high praise, we have a lot of bands who playd last year or previous years that are here on vacation, so that is kind of the highest compliment for us is that they would go off of a tour, or take breaks from it to just travel back to come to the festival to see music, so that has been really fun, we don’t take it lightly.
JON: Now I’ve never been to a festival of this size especially where there are so many kids and everybody is having a good time.
ZALE: It’s about the little things, it is about having free water and not too many people, and all the little things like shade, and stuff to go on for kids, and 7 like alternate reality kind of stage spaces that are all fun to wander between.
19:31 JON: The production staff behind the scenes here at the music festival is amazing. We ran into Bobby here, you got to festivals all over the place, right?
BOBBY: Yeah, I do. I’ve done String Summit, you know all those big festivals. This is an amazing festival. I probably do 10 a year, from here across the country, and by far, I will give up anything for this festival.
JON: I think I will be back next year. Tell us about what you have going on here, this is awesome.
BOBBY: This is a jib that I built about 4 years ago. I came out from New York, I worked job here and there, and I said you know, I want to build one, and with this we get the overhead shots, you know, anything that the regular cameras on the floor can’t get, I kind of come over the top during guys jamming out on their guitars across the crowd so it’s, I mean how do you beat it?
20:33 JON: Festivals happen right here, and we are now hiking in the woods.
ZALE: That is part of that alternate reality. When of these you spend time in any of these 7 venues you will feel like you are on a slightly different planet, and you walk into the next JON: And I love that there is no trash, tell us about that.
ZALE: Umm, we have these cups that we sell, or you bring from last year and you drink anything out of them. Your responsibility to kind of carry these around. And we have a food token system where you buy a token or your dishes, give them to a vendor. When you are done eating you take your dirty dishes to our dish washing station, so there is nothing being thrown away, no biodegradable, everything is being washed.
JON: We’ve been to a lot of festivals, but none as eclectic, entertaining and colorful as the Pickathon Music Festival.
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21:30 JON: Thank you so much for joining us on Next Stop from beautiful Mt Hood Territory. This is one of the most amazing pockets in the country and if you haven’t been here, I highly suggest you check it out. Thanks also to this shows sponsors, Oregon’s Mt Hood territory, Resort at the Mountain, and Alaska Airlines. Next Stop, where will we take you next? make good memories everybody!
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