Horse enthusiasts flock to The Cameron Ranch for a wide variety of equine activities, ranging from year-round trail rides through the surrounding highlands to hypnotherapy within the ranch’s peaceful country environs. During riding lessons, pupils learn to confidently command a tennessee walker that was born and raised right on the ranch. This breed walks with a four-beat gait and has a gentle temperament, making it much more suitable for novices than other horses with tendencies to smash guitars.
Command Performance’s trainer, Tim Wigren, has been an independent trainer for more than 20 years and a lover of horses his whole life. During his career he has competed on multiple levels with multiple breeds, racking up wins that have made him a sought-after judge, clinician, and trainer. At Command Performance, he specializes in matching horses with riders, leading both through the process of training at the same time so they can get comfortable with each other and learn each other’s favorite flavor of grass. Each training program includes a weekly lesson, tailored to fit the rider’s unique individual goals. Tim has experience in multiple riding disciplines, including halter, Western, hunter, English, driving, equitation, and pleasure riding. Tim specializes in arabian and pinto horses, and he's very familiar with many other breeds as well.
Set on more than eight acres, Command Performance has four different barns, a large indoor riding ring, an outdoor riding ring, and a bullpen with pastures and paddocks where horses can graze and frolic.
Cascade Pack & Paddle, LLC calls Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument its playground. Permitted by the US Forest Service, Cascade’s guides can lead kayak tours through Coldwater Lake within the preserve, where they introduce visitors and locals to sweeping views of majestic mountains and lush surrounding foliage. They also helm other kayak tours in local waters such as Yale Reservoir, Speelyai Bay West, and the Lewis River. If the preferred method of transportation is by foot, Cascade’s guides shepherd groups on hiking tours, some of which are canine friendly, around area trails such as Coldwater, Blue Lake, and Windy Ridge.
Dotted with myriad awards, the wine list at Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery continues to collect accolades at both local- and national-level competitions. Across the vineyard's 15 acres, fully productive vines grow heavy with juicy Riesling, Pinot, and Gewurztraminer grapes, to name a few. During warmer months, the outdoor "amphitheater" can seat up to 1,000 visitors for the vineyard's summer concert series, an ideal setting for a picnic with wine and friends.
As a guy that spends most of the year casting lines, Forest Sherer knows the best spots to reel one in. Depending on the season, clients of Playin Hooky With Forest Fishing Guide can expect to catch chinook salmon, sturgeon, coho, and steelhead. During trips, he provides all of the gear, as well as tips and knowledge to help ensure the best experience.
In the late 1800s, a well-connected Vancouver businessman named L.M. Hidden set out to build a railroad from Vancouver to Yakima in the hopes of accessing the area’s timber and mineral resources. After spending a decade building the railroad—and more than 100 miles short of the proposed destination—construction stopped. The Vancouver, Klickitat and Yakima railroad was broke.
This kicked off decades of financial struggles for the railroad. Eventually, the prospect of logging profits saw the railroad extended to Yacolt and Chelatchie Prairie. But by the late 1970s—after the decline in popularity of peg legs as a fashion accessory—the area’s lucrative logging industry was a thing of the past.
That is, until 1998, when a group of volunteers came together in the hopes of transforming the line into a functioning, historic railroad. They restored track-beds, rails, and bridges along the route, secured a fleet of historic diesel and steam-powered trains, and they began making runs on May 26, 2001. Today, they run a full schedule from May–December, including themed trips such as the train robbery or Halloween special.