Mt. Hood Adventure has been guiding visitors for nearly 10 years around the area of the scenic Mount Hood National Forest. Their experience and knowledge was enough for The Oregonian to deem them ?The leading recreational outfitter guide service in the Mt. Hood National Forest.? Led by Greg "Chopper" Moreno, the guides at Mt. Hood Adventure introduce tourgoers to the animals, plant-life, geology, and really pretty sections of the mountain. Chopper and his team take patrons on summertime canoe trips, mountain-biking excursions, horseback riding, hiking, and more. Once snow covers the mountain's face, trips take a more winter-friendly turn, with snowshoeing outings and snowmobiling adventures.
Once visitors finish up with their excursion, they can take advantage of the nearby Mt. Hood Skibowl winter and summer resort. There they can enjoy warm-weather activities such as zip lining, kayaking, and rock climbing, along with winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
Toppling pins tumble across 24 Pro Anvil synthetic rollways at Mt. Hood Lanes as lip-smacking aromas from a full-service restaurant beckon bowlers. Brunswick Vector Plus touchscreens ease the hassles of pencil-and-paper scoring, and automatic bumpers at every lane can ascend to facilitate family-wide bowl-offs and safe passage for wayward bobsled teams. Suds and spirits from the smoke-free Lava Lounge wet whistles as cheesy pizzas, classic sandwiches, and hearty breakfast fare from the café’s menu fill empty bellies. Karaoke crooners’ dulcet caterwauls echo through the space Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, drowning out the typing of customers taking advantage of the alley’s free WiFi.
The sleek, wooden rink that houses Gresham Skate World has buzzed with the whir of wheels since 1974, when the facility first swung open its doors to a community that now encompasses multiple generations of skaters. The rink provides safe, family-friendly entertainment seven days a week, offsetting standard open skates with a lineup of special events, ranging from all-night sessions to cosmic skating on weekends. To help celebrate special events or dodge bounty hunters, reserve one of Gresham Skate World's private rooms. The center's onsite skate shop stocks an assortment of accessories, and the snack bar fuels full days of axels and dips with hot dogs, nachos, and pizza.
Summer Glen Stables helps riders of all levels advance equine aptitude, be it through lessons or horse-focused camps and birthday parties. Situated on 10 idyllic, forested acres, the stable's fully enclosed arena allows natural light to rain down through the 30-foot ceilings, setting a cheery stage for both riding lessons and driving lessons. An instructor with more than 25 years of experience tailors riding instruction to each individual, covering the basics of horse care for beginners and guiding more advanced riders through their choice of disciplines, including dressage and showmanship. Summer Glens Stables offers students the use of its safe and skilled school horses, but charges no additional haul-in fee should riders want to bring their own, preventing untended steeds from throwing parties with keg-size salt licks.
The senior horses at The Horse Sense Riding School non-profit organization all arrive as rescues or unwanted steeds in need of a home. The indoor stable's positive, welcoming environment is a direct reflection of instructor Kat Barrett, whose unconditional love for equines began when she started riding at the age of 9. Since then, her passion has evolved into a career teaching the English and Western disciplines of horseback riding. Though proper technique is a focus of Kat's lessons, the true values she passes along are far less tangible, ranging from teamwork and communication skills to compassion—something she clearly has in spades.
Inside both of JJ Jump's two locations lies 7,000 to 12,000 square feet of inflatable challenges and bounce-based entertainment for children. The jousting arena settles sibling rivalries in a civilized and laugh-filled fashion, and giant slides send little ones safely toward the ground. But there's more to JJ Jump than jumping: each facility also boasts a creative play zone that is ripe with construction toys and a stage where children can let their imaginations run wild.
From time to time, the Clackamas facility morphs into JJ Extreme, where a kid wearing a harness can be suspended from the ceiling by a rope to swing back and forth under neon lights. Harnesses also come in handy for a slightly more competitive activity, during which youngsters zip past one another, running toward a basketball hoop and hoping to make a shot before a bungee cord pulls them each backward across a soft, inflatable mat.