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Re: [Debian-portland-soc] DC14 Day Trip Ideas

On 10/29/2013 12:23 AM, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 02:44:10PM -0700, Patty Langasek wrote:
>> I have requested information from Timberline to get a quote on what a dinner
>> for our group size could be (estimating 350ish), and have kinda glanced for
>> tour groups for the gorge, and tried not to cry when I saw the prices per
>> person. I don't think we'd need a *tour*, but I guess we'd also have to look
>> up what we'd have to be responsible for if we just arranged a bunch of buses
>> to wander around the Scenic Highway.
> I think a guided tour is clearly not the thing to do here; providing
> transportation on a bus is probably a lot cheaper than what we can secure
> with an organized tour, yet give us everything we actually care about.  I
> can't imagine what value a guided tour actually provides in the gorge over
> just renting busses.
> But certainly, +1 from me for the general idea of a trip up the gorge, if
> the budget allows.  As Brian says, this does rate fairly low down the
> priority list for a successful conference - there's a lot of other stuff we
> can do as a day trip far more cheaply in town.  But by all means, I think
> this is a good target for us to have, though we should consider fallbacks in
> town.

I'm +1 for something involving the Gorge as well.  There are some great
hikes right around Multnomah Falls for those interested a more strenuous
hike - e.g. Angels Rest is nice.

I like Timberline, but I'm not sure about the value proposition.  It
takes a while to get up there, and I always seem to walk around for a
few minutes and that's it.  For me, honestly, the view *of* Hood from
somewhere like Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon (hint, hint, wink,
wink) is better than the view *from* Hood.

If we opt to stay in town (for either part or all of the day), the
Washington Park area would be a great place to mill about and see the
International Rose Test Garden, Mt. Hood from afar, and possibly the
Portland Japanese Garden (there is an entrance fee).  We could have a
picnic lunch in the amphitheater, and then bus off to <insert your idea
here> for the next adventure.


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