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2/20/10 11:12 A

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The Columbia River Gorge is so beautiful. Very green. If your husband likes windsurfing, Hood River is absolutely the place for him. Hiking on the north side of the Columbia River with its southern exposure is a whole different experience. We got a tip from the guy at the B&B that we stayed at in Hood River about Dog Mountain which is really a grunt of a walk, but the view of the Columbia River Valley is amazing from up there. When we reached the top, there were so many people up there. We sat around and ate our lunch and I have never witnessed so many people being so quiet.

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2/20/10 11:04 A

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sure you can add me.

My brother has a cabin right outside of Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park so that's where we hike in Washington, although if time, I'd like to venture to some new places. As for Oregon, the plan is the gorge area. My husband is a windsurfer/kiteboarder so that's where he wants to go. Apparently it's big in that area with the side benefit of hiking in the area too.

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2/19/10 10:14 P

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Cool. If you do, check out the 100 Great Hikes series books for each of those states. We have the Oregon one and borrowed the Washington one. I haven't been disappointed yet. Arizona is easier for me since I've spent a lot of time in Flagstaff and because I've visited one of my college friends numerous times in the Phoenix area where she now lives with her husband and 3 kids.

Would you mind if I added you as a friend?

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2/19/10 7:05 P

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Oregon/Washington is next on my list of places to go. Hoping to do it in September.

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2/19/10 9:49 A

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Cool. Have a great time. Should be beautiful at that time of year. Later in March I'm going to Portland, OR. Should be warmer than here but very wet. I can hike in that, but I don't know if my friends who I am visiting would tolerate it. Unfortunately, my husband isn't coming along this time because he's also a durable hiker and we've hiked in plenty of rain in Oregon and also in Michigan's UP.

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2/19/10 8:57 A

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thanks for the suggestions. I leave next Thursday. Can't wait!

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2/12/10 10:36 A

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Sedona is lovely, but that is a couple of hours each way on I-17.

At this time of year, I'd probably stay down in the Valley for my hiking because it should actually be pleasant down there rather than the unbearable heat of late April to September. Besides that, I'm sure west Sedona is open, but I don't know how far one can drive up 89A into Oak Creek Canyon toward Flagstaff. 89A had some pretty serious flooding/washout issues during that big snowfall/rain depending upon the locale's elevation and temperature.

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2/12/10 10:09 A

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My most favorite hikes out from Phoenix are up in Sadona. The redrock formations are georgous. It's a short drive and well worth it!

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2/7/10 12:02 P

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Check out "100 Classic Hikes in Arizona" from your library. The Wind Cave trail off Usery Pass Road is short, but a climb to a hanging garden with a great view.

Also check out the Cave Creek Trail System north of Carefree. There is probably a lot of information about these online too. If you go east of Phoenix, there are a lot of trails in the Superstition Mountains. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum isn't really hiking, but they have some nice trails and the plant exhibits should be nice by late February. Also ask the hotel staff. A lot of the time you can get locals to tell you stuff that you can't find in guidebooks.

Have a great time! Wish I was going.

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2/7/10 11:47 A

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Looking for any info on hiking the Phoenix area. I'm going there with my sister the end of this month and we are staying at a hotel right in the north mountain rec area. Any must do trails you know of?

I've been away from spark for a long time. It's great to see this place still as active as ever! I'm loving all the cross country profile pics too! I was out yesterday as a matter of fact.

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