Just west of Mount Hood, Henry Creek High Country Guides' owner and naturalist Tyler Allen puts the skills he learned in Alaska to the test, ushering clients to local fishing holes and teaching them everything from casting the line to grilling their catch in the wilderness. With a focus on conservation and respect for the environment, Allen and his groups embark on half-day trips through Oregon's lush majesty in search of a place to hook a cutthroat trout or kokanee salmon. Trips end by reeling in the day's catch and pouring a complimentary craft beer.
With its historical downtown and lush greenery flanking the undulating Columbia River, Vancouver, Washington, is a Pacific Northwest paradise for the laid-back. This is just fine with Vancouver Segway Tours, a family-owned company that invites its patrons to experience the small city in one of the most relaxed manners?from a Segway.
The upright machines, which balance themselves through dynamic stabilization technology and yoga classes in their off-hours, respond to the movements of the rider, moving forward and backward along with the helmeted guests. This allows the riders to glide through the city's streets and park paths comfortably and confidently as they learn historic tidbits about the area.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Stand-up paddleboard lessons and tours
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I was a whitewater and sea kayak instructor and guide for nine years, so stand-up paddleboarding felt like the perfect extension of my love of the water. I have also raced in many different bike disciplines and attempt to ride or exercise outside daily. I started Dog Star Adventure Tours in order to share my passion for exploring the amazing natural area in the Northwest and beyond.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
The beauty of stand-up paddleboarding (also known as SUP) is that in the correct environment, it's extremely safe and the learning curve is quick. We provide PFD's, which are inflatable belt packs, so if you fall in you will float. We also teach you how to get back on the board in a few steps. The whole process of learning gives you a sense of accomplishment in a short period of time.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
I have been apart of the watersports community for more than 17 years. In that time, I've taught countless numbers of individuals and couples how to kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboarding. I have been AC-certified, CPR and first aid certified, and advanced wilderness first aid certified. We keep a ratio of instructors to a max of four-to-one to insure safety, enhance communication, and guarantee personalized instruction.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Stand-up paddleboarding is about having fun. That is the experience that Dog Star Adventure Tours is providing to our students. It's an activity that is extremely social and appropriate for all ages.
Two great eyes keep lookout over the residents of the Columbia Gorge. Her name means "She Who Watches," and Tsagaglalal has been watching the land transform for centuries. According to Wishram legend, she was once chief of all who lived in the region, and she preferred to govern from high on the cliff side where she could look out over everything. One day Coyote came to her. Soon, he predicted, women would no longer be able to be chiefs, even though she was a good leader who taught the people to live well. She wished to stay where she was, forever, and Coyote granted her wish in his trickster way by turning her to stone.
Like Tsagaglalal, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum strives to keep watch over the area by acting as a steward to the gorge's natural and cultural history, which stretches back 40 million years. So it was that Wishram spokesman Nelson Moses dedicated Tsagaglalal's spirit to the museum in 1987, and granted permission for the organization to use Tsagaglalal's image as their logo.
Being less than 1 hour away from Portland, visitors to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum can explore the region's entire 15,000-year history, starting with the First Peoples exhibit which is dominated by a replica of the Tsagaglalal petroglyph. In the exhibit Clahclehlah and the Corridor of Commerce, a less familiar perspective of American history becomes clear as the tale of Lewis and Clark is told through the oral history of a Native American village the explorers visited in 1805 and 1806. Early Changes takes the form of a dry goods store circa 1907, and Transportation covers the history of the SP&S Railroad, the development of Highway 8, and the era of the sternwheeler. Outdoors, visitors can find cedar log carvings, vintage logging equipment, and a diesel locomotive. Visitors especially enjoy the McCord Fishwheel and the giant Corliss Steam Engine.
Dreamboat Cruises harks back to a bygone era, sweeping passengers on scenic cruises aboard the Ananda, a 1929 Blanchard motor yacht. This beautifully restored vessel—outfitted with modern amenities such as an electric-flush toilet—features an iconic, whitewashed hull and raised foredeck that adjoins a squared-off passenger house. From this heated enclosure, passengers observe the Portland waterfront's forested terrain and signature landmarks, such as the country's oldest vertical-lift bridge that's also made out of popsicle sticks.
Specializing in six-passenger tours, Dreamboat Cruises adjusts its excursions to suit each season. Whereas winter trips highlight holiday lights and Christmas ships, other outings feature bridges, shipyards, and depositories of misplaced tub toys. In addition to tours, Dreamboat Cruises hosts intimate weddings and memorial cruises.
Growing up in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, Jess Zerfing has been casting lines since he was just 11 years old. Today, he wields his years of experience to the benefit of his clients at Always Catchin' Fishing Charters, LLC. During chartered outings, he steers his boat toward spots that bustle with fish throughout the year. Anglers can expect to reel in salmon and steelhead through the fall, while sturgeon populate the Gorge year-round, because they're lazy.