Whereas Sheila grew up in a large city, reading books on horsemanship and dreaming of open trails, Jahn was practically born on the saddle, owning his first horse at 10 and fully training one by 17. Today, at Into The Wild Equine Adventures, the Hoovers—Sheila and Jahn are now married—share their lifelong passion by leading small-group trail rides along Oregon's miles of trails and naturally occurring treadmills, helping visitors connect with nature through both their surroundings and their steeds. As the head guide, Jahn provides every rider with personalized attention and works to ensure comfort by outfitting the mounts with foam-padded Australian saddles. Along with leading expeditions into verdant forests and snow-covered canyons, Into The Wild Equine Adventures serves as the only trail-riding company in the state of Oregon with permission to access the Monument Peak Trail System—12 miles of multiuse trails unfettered by motorized ATVs or steam-powered moose.:m]]
RR Saddle Club helps connect humans without the means to own horses with equine friends and also hopes to rescue horses that are stuck in unsavory situations. Nestled in the heart of the Santiam River Valley, the club's barn houses gentle steeds who carry riders on guided trail rides through the club’s 200-acre property, past wildflower-strewn meadows, into the foothills of mountains, and through thickets of fir and maple. Visitors can also schedule pony parties for youngsters or sign up for lessons to learn the basics of riding and how to signal horses to trot, canter, and fly.
Salem Water Adventures’ professional tour guide, Thomas Beckler, takes land-locked humans on four-hour aquatic tours of Detroit Lake, located just more than an hour southeast of Salem. Activate aqueous adrenaline during boat-based activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and vitamin D exposure. Thomas takes each group of up to 10 people on a unique tour of one of Oregon’s most popular lakes for watersports, fishing, swimming, and snorkeling. After your sure-footed surface surfing has reduced the last wake to a whimpering, weeping splash, feel free to leisurely cruise around the lake and take in the emerald hues of towering firs and local fauna stretching along the 32 miles of shoreline. Water-skiing and wakeboarding equipment is provided.
Each noncompetitive Curves facility invites female fitness-seekers to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
Each year since 1973, on the weekend after Labor Day, engines rumble the very foundation of Sublimity. The Harvest Festival began as a simple tractor pull, and while that event remains a highlight, some of its wheels have gotten considerably bigger and more monstery. And that's not the only thing about the festival that's grown. Now a three-day affair, the schedule bursts at the mid-section with events such as a Fun Run, a parade, a KidZone with bounce houses and rides, and bands and magicians on the Coors Light stage. Yet all the fun and engine flexing is for a good cause. More than 25 community organizations, including the Sublimity Fire Department and Relay for Life, benefit from the festival's proceeds.
Having traversed the Santiam River for more than 30 years, Bill Sanderson and his crew know every rock, every twist, and every rapid by heart. With 50 miles of navigable waters, explorers can choose their own adventure?whether it's a half-day jaunt through the rapids or a three-day camping trip?led by the knowledgeable guides of North Santiam River Trips. In warmer months, rafters can fish for steelhead, rainbow trout, and chinook salmon, or simply cruise along the river keeping an eye out for elk, otters, and beavers along the shore.