Weekend Plans

Get Out Guide: Apr 9, 2010

April 9, 2010

Take it to the Bank
The 4th Annual Full Sail Banked Slalom gets underway on Saturday up at Mount Hood Meadows. Just what is a banked slalom you ask? Think Boardercross (skiers too!) like in the Olympics. Lindsey Jacobellis-style wipeouts are sure to ensue. But with a total prize purse of $4400, there’ll be plenty of dough to pad the resulting bruises. For the rest, there’s Full Sail beer.

Did Someone Say, Wildflowers?
Viewing hoards of wildflowers doesn’t get much easier than at Tryon Creek State Park this weekend. Starting Saturday, the 30th Annual Trillium Festival rolls into this woodsy oasis with loads of white-and-gold flowers, guided walks, and game for the kids. Clear some room in your trunk for purchases from the Native and Hardy Plant Sale too. (Note: this year there is a free shuttle bus departing from the Riverdale High School parking lot.)

Feathered Friends
If the thought of Spring’s songbird migration has your heart aflutter, The Audubon Society has you covered. Saturday morning out at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Carty Unit), there’s a guided two-mile stroll down the Oaks to Wetlands loop. Golden Crown Kinglets and yellow warblers are just a few of the residents happily chirping about this time of the year, not including you too, of course.

Show and Tell
Don’t forget, this weekend is also Pedal Nation’s The Bicycle Show. The title doesn’t mince words and neither does this event. The Oregon Convention Center will be crammed full of dozens and dozens of bike vendors (Clever Cycles, Rocky Mountain, you name it) designers, cycling groups, and everyone and everything else with a two-wheeled agenda. If that doesn’t get you amped up, take a peek at the NW School of Freeride’s new mobile dual stunt course which they plan to unveil during the event. Just don’t blame me if the kids want to build one in backyard.

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