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Does Labor Day mean the last weekend of summer? We hope not. Just in case, we put together a quick list of weekend water escapes to motivate you to pack up and get out the door! These are a few of our favorites from the Northwest, but we’d love to hear about the best swimming hole in your neck of the woods.
Called the “jewel” of southeastern Washington, Palouse Falls is tucked away along the Palouse River, about four miles upstream from the Snake River. If you start to feel a little lost on your way out, don’t be concerned: the falls appear practically out of nowhere. Admire the view of these impressive falls, which reach nearly 200 feet (30 feet higher than Niagara Falls) from the surrounding basalt rocks. Wander up river to explore the refreshing swimming holes.
Coming from Portland? Make a weekend trip out of it. The drive along the Columbia River Gorge takes about five hours, but it’s absolutely stunning. Spend an afternoon at the falls and then stay in the small town of Walla Walla, known for its rolling hills and charming wine country.
Ancient old-growth forest, unspoiled views, and crystal-clear water. Did we mention the average water temperature is 72 degrees? An afternoon at Buck Lake sounds just about right. Located about two hours from Portland, this is an ideal escape from the city. The hike to the lake can only be accessed by foot so pack light. On the way up the hill you’ll get a beautiful view of Timothy Lake before heading down to Buck Lake.
The most serene lake in Oregon? We think so.
Between cloud gazing, SUP, and backpacking, we’ve managed to find a bit of time for reading in this summer. Here’s our official KEEN Summer Reading List. Enjoy!
[FICTION] Wildwood by Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis
Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, romanticizes the landscape of his adopted hometown, Portland, Oregon, in his first novel Wildwood. In the story, the young protagonist Prue McKeel must venture into the depths of Impassable Wilderness (in reality Forest Park) to save a baby named Mac who was captured by a murder of crows. As Claire Dederer of the NY Times writes, “Meloy lovingly describes the jungles to the north and the cobbled streets and elegant tree houses of the more civilized south. The result is a richly satisfying weave of reality and fantasy.” Meloy enchants us with bicycle heroism, a nod to Portlandia culture, and lovely illustrations by his wife, Carson Ellis. Can’t make it to Portland this summer? You’ll get close enough.
“Re-shoring is a new word being tossed around for bringing jobs back to America. Some companies are making a real effort to keep maunfacturing local.” – KGW Channel 8 News
Our President and CEO, James Curleigh, was given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Insourcing American Jobs’ Forum on January 11th at the Whitehouse. James is pictured in the above photo (top row, right-hand side).
At “Insourcing American Jobs” forum, President Obama talked about his hope for the future:
I don’t want America to be a nation that’s primarily known for financial speculation and racking up debt buying stuff from other nations. I want us to be known for making and selling products all over the world stamped with three proud words: “Made in America.” And we can make that happen.
I don’t want the next generation of manufacturing jobs taking root in countries like China or Germany. I want them taking root in places like Michigan and Ohio and Virginia and North Carolina. And that’s a race that America can win.
You can learn more about KEEN’s efforts in a recent Portland Business Journal article ‘Manufacturing locally takes KEEN to the White House.’