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MELROSE, Ore. — In 1961, Richard Sommer, an agriculture student at the University of California, Davis, took a leap of faith. His professors told him Oregon would never be good wine country. Sommer ignored them. After scouring Southern Oregon for a suitable site, he chose a Melrose farm where he planted 13 acres in the era's most popular wine grapes — Riesling and pinot noir. About a year from now, the state agency Oregon Travel Experience will erect a marker at the edge of the HillCrest Vineyard on Elgarose Road, acknowledging it as Oregon's oldest estate winery and its founder as the first to grow pinot noir grapes in Oregon. By Carisa Cegavske. AP Member Photos. Moving in advance for the weekend.
Pacific Northwest outdoor stories from AP Members:
OUTDOORS-SMITH ROCK STATE PARK
TERREBONE, Ore. — For many Oregonians a visit to Smith Rock State Park is a rite of spring. The volcanic crags and classic Western scenery make the park one of the most scenic in the state system (though coastal park lovers will argue that point). The sweet smell of Western juniper and sagebrush, the honking of nesting Canada geese and the occasional lucky sighting of a river otter greet visitors during spring. The 651-acre park in central Oregon's high desert not far from Redmond draws about 500,000 annual visitors. At the same visitation rate per acre, Washington's Olympic National Park, the busiest park in the Northwest, would need to pack in 70 million visitors (it gets 2.8 million) to keep up with Smith Rock. By Terry Richard, The Oregonian. AP Member Photos. Moving in advance for the weekend.
OUTDOORS-CRATERS OF THE MOON
ARCO, Idaho — In only a few places in the United States can you walk over what was once lava and explore an underground lava tube crafted by molten rock. Instead of flying more than five hours to Hawaii, drive less than two hours north of Twin Falls to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve near Arco. Here you'll find an otherworldly landscape, an example of what the ground beneath your feet is capable of producing. By Tetona Dunlap, Twin Falls Times-News. AP Member Photos. Moving in advance for the weekend.
OUTDOORS-PERCH IN THE SURF
LONG BEACH, Wash. — It was windy, raining intermittently, and the tide was ebbing — conditions not conducive to good fishing for redtail surf perch along the Washington coast. But the conditions did not stop Rick Weir of Ocean Park from catching 21 pounds of surf perch in his 12-fish limit in the annual Long Beach Lions Club Surf Perch Derby on a recent Saturday. The conditions did not stop Mike Ragan of Ocean Park from catching a lunker 3 1/2-pound redtail, only a bit shy of the 4.05-pound state record. By Allen Thomas, The Columbian. AP Member Photos. Moving in advance for Monday papers.