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Re: Some good news
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2020, 08:56:51 AM »
About 75% of beach parking is open. Just enough closed to make it miserable.

We are staying away from the beach. Just sticking to river access points for winging. River access points are also way over crowed. Motor homes parked along the openings in the bushes. Trash everywhere.

There is even some jerk, who is local (maybe Orlando) who drives his 40 ft $300,000 motor home to the winging park and takes up 10 spaces just so his family can have a full kitchen at the park. Never seen such insanity before.




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Re: Some good news
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2020, 09:10:32 AM »
People here are basically being cool.  We have chilly water so there is really no swimming or wading yet.  Early May is really never crowded for watersports anymore.

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Re: Some good news
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2020, 11:25:04 AM »
About 75% of beach parking is open. Just enough closed to make it miserable.

There is even some jerk, who is local (maybe Orlando) who drives his 40 ft $300,000 motor home to the winging park and takes up 10 spaces just so his family can have a full kitchen at the park. Never seen such insanity before.
Classic! Doheny State Park has a big sign posted at the day use parking, "No vehicles over 25' beyond this point" just because of that. The park rangers are good at enforcing it. 
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Re: Some good news
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2020, 06:22:15 PM »
The good news about Oregon is that there are so many possibilities for outdoor adventure that for the most part, nothing gets crazy crowded--nothing remotely like the east coast. The ocean beaches here stretch for miles, and a crowd is when you can perhaps see a hundred people if you look way off in the distance. And ten people in the water--it's always cold. The coast is about 360 miles long.

The Gorge gets pounded a bit, but the Gorge is 80 miles long and from Astoria (on the ocean) to the beginning of the Gorge is another 100 miles of wide river. The Willamette River, which runs through Portland takes a lot of the watersport load off the Gorge.

We can spread out.
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Re: Some good news
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2020, 11:28:45 PM »
The good news about Oregon is that there are so many possibilities for outdoor adventure that for the most part, nothing gets crazy crowded--nothing remotely like the east coast. The ocean beaches here stretch for miles, and a crowd is when you can perhaps see a hundred people if you look way off in the distance. And ten people in the water--it's always cold. The coast is about 360 miles long.

The Gorge gets pounded a bit, but the Gorge is 80 miles long and from Astoria (on the ocean) to the beginning of the Gorge is another 100 miles of wide river. The Willamette River, which runs through Portland takes a lot of the watersport load off the Gorge.

We can spread out.

Bill, you might not want to generalize the “east coast” too much. There are numerous  east coast locations that don’t see the same density of beach/park crowds as some of the well known tourist destinations near metro areas.  Even during the peak of tourist season my home spot (Outer Banks) has many miles of both ocean side AND  sound side beaches that remain pretty isolated. Even our busy life-guarded beaches are really low density compared popular beaches beaches closer to metro areas.

FWIW the OBX is reopening to visitors on May 16. I’m sure the local kite/surf industry (Real, Kitty Hawk Kites, OceanAire and others) are desperate to get some seasonal income going again. The beaches here never closed during the shutdown despite the bridges being closed to any non-resident,.....and creating a national bru-ha.

We can spread out too, and the water/air combo Is already in the 120-135 range
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Re: Some good news
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2020, 05:45:04 AM »
yeah, Cape Cod is overwhelmed as well....  ;)

especially when there's waves like last week.... but we muddle through  ;D ;D
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Re: Some good news
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2020, 06:09:59 AM »
Dave, You are lucky being away from 'population'; they have to work to get to you. Up this way it is dense-pack from here to NYC with the exception of a strip available only to the few people with an Off the Road permit in the federal park to the south. 

I am continually blown away how we as a country seem to be treating this virus.  At lunch, I look at a few cams.  Tamarindo in CR and Pedasi in Panama are totally void of humanity.*  By contrast, in FL it seems the secret password for beach entry is: 'COVID' ..."Pass it on."


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Re: Some good news
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2020, 03:54:32 AM »
Lots of new good stuff opening today or already recently open.  Some of these are limited openings but they will be fine for our use.  Event site, Viento, Rufus, Rooster, Rowena (not sure what they are calling mid and West but I think this includes the wind launch).  Not sure about the Luhr Jensen launch.  Trail is open, park is closed.  No word on Swell or the Hatchery opening yet but I expect we will see that today or soon. 

So stoked to have these extra options online.

https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_parkstatus

https://portofhoodriver.com/whatisopen/

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Re: Some good news
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2020, 03:28:40 AM »
CGWWA posted the info below.  Swell is now open as well.  STOKED!

Today The Port of Hood River and both Oregon and Washington State Parks are conditionally re-opening the following Gorge parks for day-use only and most with limited services.

WA = The Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, Doug’s Beach, and Maryhill State Parks (no overnight camping).

OR = Rooster Rock, Viento (no overnight camping). East Mayer State Park (a.k.a. Rowena) IS NOT yet re-opened but we are working on it. Probably early next week.

Port of Hood River Event-site - Limited parking and reduction in services At this time, no kite launch and landing, but pump and dry on the East end is permitted. launch from the sandbar. If water rises too high, launch pad will be installed. Windsurf / Foilsurf at West end as usual.

Conditions for remaining open -

If you feel sick, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID19, or have been in the presence of anybody exhibiting symptoms related to COVID19, STAY HOME AND CALL YOUR DOCTOR (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell).

Recreate as close to home as possible. State and local Gorge authorities are still discouraging distant travel or overnight trips for recreation.

Maintain a minimum of six feet distance from others. If you feel you cannot maintain six feet of distance from others, masks / face coverings are recommended.

Only travel with members of your own family.

Know that parking capacity may be limited.

Know that restrooms, drinking water, and trash facilities may not be available, so be prepared for such.

Bring your own seating. At this time, picnic table seating may not be available.

Finally, please know that site-closure may re-occur at any time without notice.

Please be the example that keeps these valuable launch-sites open and CU Sailin' !



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Re: Some good news
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2020, 07:56:22 AM »
Oh well, I guess there's enough river for us to share some. There's been a peaceful character to chasing wind lately that I'm going to miss. This weekend will probably be a zoo.
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