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Flying L Ranch

Located on the sunny eastern slope of the Cascade Range, the Flying L Ranch is nestled in the ponderosa pines and meadowland of Glenwood Valley at the base of 12,276 foot Mt. Adams. Built back in 1945 by Les and Ilse Lloyd as their fly-in home, the ranch became a year-round B&B in the 1980’s.

This 4,000 square-foot ranch house was the original home of the Lloyd family, the founders of the Flying L Ranch. It has a spacious living room with a stone fireplace, library, piano, stereo, and a wonderful view of the mountain. It has a large, fully-equipped kitchen, along with the living room, serving as a common area for all guests. Your room rate includes a hearty Continental breakfast which consists of fresh fruit, berries, eggs, fresh-baked muffins, breakfast breads, handmade granola, yogurt, juice, coffee & tea.

Bonneville Hatchery

The Bonneville Hatchery, which was built in 1909 and continues to be the largest of Oregon’s 33 hatcheries, is located in the Columbia River Gorge, near Bonneville Dam. The hatchery is to the South of the entrance to the dam. The tours are self-guided and the pamphlet has a map with the tour route, which will take you from the egg incubation rooms to sturgeon, trout and salmon viewing ponds and areas. One of the highlights of the tour is seeing “Herman” the sturgeon, a 70-year-old, 10-foot long, 450 pound sturgeon that you can get eyeball-to-eyeball with in a viewing room.

The hatchery is open year-round, but there are times of year with more activity. Adult salmon spawning takes place from late September through early December, and from August through November salmon that have returned are sorted into holding ponds for processing. During these times it’s also good to visit the fish ladder where you can see salmon returning through the Bonneville Dam fish ladder.

Bird hunting

There are many duck and goose species available to Washington hunters, this might be the time when a prospective waterfowl hunter asks, “Are we going to be tested on this?”

The answer is “yes,” but not here. The testing begins when you take to the field and start hunting, because within the daily bag limits and possession limits on ducks and geese there are more restrictive limits on certain species. Shorter seasons and other special regulations are in place for some species as well. A hunter must be able to identify the bird he or she is aiming at, and do it quickly, before pulling the trigger. If you can’t tell a bufflehead from a brant or a greenhead mallard from a green-wing teal, you have some homework to do before going afield.

To get started, spend some time studying the Ducks at a Distance waterfowl identification guide. Also available is the Game Bird Identification section in the Washington State Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Game Seasons pamphlet, available online.

The waters at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa have always been a place of health and wellness. Historical records indicate that the springs we enjoy today were first used by the local Native American tribes as early as 10,000 years ago. The tribes would travel to our treasured location with their sick and aged to bathe in and drink from the waters. It wasn’t until 1880 when European settler, R.J. Snow, discovered the springs here at Bonneville and told his friend, Thomas Moffett. Moffett, who quickly recognized the value of our waters, built Cascade Springs Hotel in 1881, and in 1885, started selling the water for 10 cents per bottle. Pete Cam bought this property in 1989 and over the next 13 years worked to create a getaway place for people to enjoy the healing waters. On October 26, 2002, Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa opened its doors for the first time. Since then we have seen countless guests use our waters for health, healing and wellness.

 

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