Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Did you know that Sam Hill was one of the Northwest’s leading visionaries when it came to good roads? The Historic Columbia River Highway, Highway 101 along the coast and the road to Crater Lake were all constructed because of Sam Hill’s powers of persuasion.
Come celebrate Sam Hill’s legacy, during a weekend filled with autos past and present at Maryhill’s Car is King Weekend. This free fun-filled event takes place Oct. 5 and 6 on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art and features something for everyone.
n Drive the Maryhill Loops Road, noon to 2 p.m. — The historic Maryhill Loops Road, one of the first modern roads in the Northwest, is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is your chance to take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves.
The event is organized by Maryhill Museum of Art.
n Concours de Maryhill, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Dozens of classic, sport and customized cars on view, competing for prizes such as best original, classic, hot rod and muscle car. This is an open car show and anyone with a special car may enter. The day concludes an awards presentation.
Organized by the Goldendale Motorsports Association.
n Family Fun: Veggie Car Races, 1 to 3 p.m. — Join in the fun at the annual Classic Veggie Car Races just for kids. Children can put their ingenuity to work transforming humble veggies into fantastically engineered cars and race them on a 12-foot ramp for thrills and chills.
Kids of all ages are invited to participate in this free and fun outdoor activity. Races start at 1 p.m.
Organized by Maryhill Museum of Art.
(On Family Fun days, youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult admission.)
n Maryhill Loops Hill Climb, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a 3-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Spectators can view the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route.
The Loops Hill Climb is organized by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts of Seattle; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge