September 14th, 2008

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Trip Report: Middle and Lower White Salmon

Yesterday Kathy and I made the trip up the Columbia River gorge to Hood River, paid the dollar toll to cross the Columbia and headed to the White Salmon. We stopped by the takeout first, because I had not seen it and I was to be the one who would drive and hitchhike the shuttle. My previous trip to the White Salmon had involved running only the section known as the "Middle" which begins at BZ Corner and ends at Husum Falls. I had heard about the "Lower" as being just a few more miles of pleasant class II, and wanted to see it. The run to Husum is short anyway, so why not run 7-8 miles of river instead of only 4.5?
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The Cat Chronicles

Today, and last Sunday, Rick and I grilled in the back yard. There's this new cat that comes through the fence, or around the fence after I blocked the hole, and meows and begs and rubs incessantly. It is skinny but not emaciated, and has a collar on. I let it have some leftover buffalo juice last week, and now I know that was a mistake. Today I had enough of it, but it was not so easy to drive away. I progressed from hissing and gesturing at it to throwing sticks and pebbles. It just kept coming back.
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