A family of ducks swims along Devils Lake, river otters play across Lake Merwin, and a kayak tour floats along the water. When Tracie Driver started NorthWest EcoExcursions, she envisioned a recreation company that would combine outdoor thrills with respect for the environment. To this end, NorthWest's guides, who each boast either a postgraduate education or more than 10 years in park-ranger experience, educate their customers on local wildlife and geology during trips that run the gamut from hiking to whale watching to goat-packing tours. The staff also maintains eco-friendly practices, serving strictly organic foods on camping trips and ensuring all of their office's plants are 100% solar powered.
Applebee Aviation takes passengers skyward and unites them with scenic views of Mt. St. Helens and the surrounding vistas. FAA 135–certified operators commit themselves to safety while piloting Applebee Aviation's fleet across the Pacific Northwest's expanse of forests, mountains, and sasquatch colonies. During the Awesome Combo tour, passengers will experience speeds of up to 155 miles per hour as the sky-scathing aircraft cruises toward the massive volcano. Passengers are encouraged to take advantage of photo opportunities as the helicopter explores aerial avenues above the crater and then takes an extended flight over the blast zone area. The tour will culminate with a close approach to the crater's mouth, during which customers can take close-up pictures or perform geological dental exams.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Nike - Gatorade - Garmin - GoPro
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 5K Color Runs and Fitness Coaching
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Just inside the fishing dock at Silver Lake Resort, dozens of polaroids plaster the walls. They all have one thing in common: the subject is beaming proudly with a fresh catch in hand. Silver Lake is known for its largemouth bass fishing, and at the resort, you can cast out for bass, bluegill, and perch year-round. There are plenty of other onsite activities to take advantage of. Guests can rent canoes, rowboats, and pontoon boats to explore Silver Lake, the snow-capped peaks of Mount St. Helens creating a stunning backdrop.
The waterfront motel's cabins and guest rooms, which include rooms where guests can fish from, make for cozy spots to unwind after a day in the great outdoors. The homey silver suite is outfitted with a full kitchen, as well as a fireplace and a jacuzzi tub. There's a rustic feel to the furnished cabins; images of moose, fish, and bears cover the bedding. Outside, a fire pit inspires s'mores making, ghost stories, and the burning of tax forms, and in the morning, the resort serves a continental breakfast. There's also a general store onsite that sells snacks and fishing gear.
Stonefly Guide Service owner Jeff Traver is well-acquainted with the rivers his company fishes?he was raised on them, after all. That familiarity combined with more than three decades of fly-fishing experience makes Jeff an angler's best friend and a fish's worst nightmare. During trips, Jeff leads groups out to some of the state's most renowned steelhead rivers, including the Cowlitz and the Kalama. There, he casts wisdom into open ears while helping clients reel in one catch after another using some of the industry's best gear and tackle. The company's proximity to Mount St. Helens also makes Stonefly Guide Service an excellent travel resource for folks looking to get a feel for the area after fishing trips.
For two days each spring and each fall, Chehalis Valley Wine Tour participants can choose their own adventure in the lush Washington valley. The tour has no set route?participants visit at least six wineries, such as Agate Creek Cellars and Scatter Creek Winery, in whichever order they choose. At every one, they sip samples of boutique vintages poured into their passport wineglasses, glassware that also functions as a tour ticket. There are hors d'oeuvres for revelers to nibble on, too, all much tastier than the original winery snack: bacon-wrapped corks.