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Friday, May 22, 2009

What to do...over the long weekend!

Visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse...close to Portland and Vancouver

Great for kids and adults too. This full scale, true to history re-creation of an Indian longhouse is located near Ridgefield, WA, just north of Vancouver.

This Weekend-May 23-24: Traditional Columbia River Foods. Learn about primary traditional foods of the Lower Columbia River, including acorns/hazelnuts, berries, camas and wapato, traditional food preparation techniques and other native plants that are important tribal foods. Greg Robinson and Greg Archuleta.

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See some The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival...Eugene, OR

The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival 2009 ( takes place in the Soreng Theater of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday through Saturday, May 19-23, 2009.

The TAC Festival is the only juried competition in the Americas, and one of the world’s leading competitions, for films relating to archaeology and cultural heritage. Films to be screened represent the best in the world in this genre. about a day trip to some of the archaeology gems of the Columbia Gorge?!

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center-Stevenson, WA

Start in Stevenson, WA, a short drive west of Portland/Vancouver at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center...a great small museum that does an excellent job of introducing you to the culture, history, and geology of the Columbia Gorge.

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Here's what Fodor's, the famous travel guides say about the museum...

"The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center is dwarfed by the dramatic basalt cliffs that rise behind it. It's on the north bank of the Columbia River Gorge, 1 mi east of Bridge of the Gods on Highway 14. Exhibits illustrate the region's geology and history. Among the many artifacts are a Native American pit house, a fish wheel, and dip nets used for hunting salmon. Other items pertain to Lewis and Clark and other explorers, missionaries, pioneers, and soldiers who have passed through the gorge."

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Now that you have a solid background in the "what's up with the history of the Gorge"...

...head east to Columbia Hills State Park to see the ancient Indian rock art

Two of the many publicly viewable petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park

You can also fish, hike around, and have a nice picnic. There are two rock art areas featured at the park. The one above, with over 40 petroglyphs is available for viewing by the public whenever the park is open...its really worth seeing!

The second rock art area, also in the Horsethief Lake section of the Columbia Hills State Park is a National Historic Site. You have to plan ahead a bit to get on the guided tours of the pictographs and petroglyphs (Indian rock art) which are conducted at 10 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April to October. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the park office at (509) 767-1159.

The guided tour is incredible, but the other public rock art, combined with the lush, shady acres of park are well worth the trip even if the tour is full.

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Between the Interpretive Center and the park you'll have a full day of fascinating experiences! Enjoy!!

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