Posts Tagged ‘Mt. Hood’

Portland Fruit Tree Project

I spent a glorious Saturday with the Portland Fruit Tree Project at an organic pear tree farm in Hood River, Oregon.

PFTP identifies fruit trees in neighborhoods and asks the owners permission to harvest the fruit. The fruit is then distributed to the local food banks and each harvester gets a share.  In conjunction with Farmers Ending Hunger 60 volunteers gathered at the orchard with Mt.Hood and the beautiful valley as our backdrop.

We harvested 19,000 pounds of delicious d’anjou organic pears.  I personally got to take home 77 pounds of pears.

I, of course, lost my keys in the Orchard and luckily remembered to put a bright key ring on them, thanks for the idea Mom 🙂

If you have a fruit tree in the greater Portland area, please get in touch with Portland Fruit Tree Project.  Its a win-win, the fruit is not left rotting in your backyard, your tree gets trimmed and cared for and you can help feed a hungry city.




Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge are such awesome places to hike.    Dog Mountain, Hamilton Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Multnomah to Waukeena Falls, Cape Horn, North Lake on Mt. Hood and Coyote Wall, the beautiful and amazing Falls Creek Falls.

I gave my sister Arleen, my favorite hiking partner, a book of Hikes with Dogs before I left town and hope her dog Stanley enjoys the hikes.   We logged a lot of miles in 2010 and came close to completing the entire Wildwood Trail in Forest Park.

Hiking through North America is one of the things I am looking forward to most.   Edgar, my dog, is in great shape and raring to go.  I have been logging 10-20 miles per week and am raring to go.

I am looking for feedback from my readers on hikes, things to explore, campgrounds to stay in and national treasures not to miss.  So tell me: What is your favorite National Park?  What do you think is the coolest unknown national treasure?  What is the best place to hike “Off the Grid”?