Yes, I know. The past few days, rain has been punishing Portland the way my aunt once punished my cousin when he threw the contents of his diaper all over the kitchen floor. Gross. But in Oregon, April showers bring more May showers, and then some sunshine
! If you're free, you might want to take advantage of this weekend's upcoming nice weather and stop by these Friends of the Columbia Gorge
(FOTCG) volunteer events.
This Thursday, May 7, from 10:30 am-3 pm, the FOTCG are looking for volunteers to do a survey on skeleton weed
. A volunteer crew will be setting up a grid to look for skeleton weed, photographing it, and then pulling it.
This Saturday, May 9, from 10:30 am-2 pm, the FOTCG will be at Mosier Plateau, pulling blackberry brambles and knapweed. Our sources say that the Gorge has begun blooming
—which is puzzling to me, because I don't want to go outside yet, but then again I'm not a flower.
Carpooling from Portland will be available, and as always, the FOTCG will be providing tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. To sign up, call Merrit Hoeh at 241-3762, ext. 106, or visit the website at www.gorgefriends.com/stewardship
. Summer is a-comin' in, folks, which means that it's time to get outside!
Lend a Hand, 10 am-3 pm Thursday, May 7 and 10 am-2:30 pm Saturday, May 9. Free.
Photo courtesy Flickr.com, drburtoni.