Numerous ecological regulations impact our fish, yet few volunteers are interested in doing the hard work of registering them to vote. Canvass your local waterways with today's Groupon to Next Adventure: for $20, you get a 2.5-hour tour with guided instruction (available tour times listed to the right) on the Willamette River around Ross Island, a $40 value. All the necessary equipment is included, and no experience is necessary.
Now that Ross Island has begun to recover from years of mining, many species of bird once again call its riparian areas home. This is your chance to get an up-close gander at the regenerating flora and fauna. You'll shove off from the Sellwood Park boat ramp while securely snuggled in a safe, stable, sober, and beginner-friendly recreational kayak. Paddling alongside an experienced, doting guide, you'll have the chance not only to experiment with the sensations of kayaking (tingling, the taste of mint) but to whip out your binoculars and potentially spy osprey, eagles, herons, and other elegant avians. If you're a more experienced kayaker, this is also an opportune opportunity to test out Next Adventure's equipment. Either way, a semi-wild forest hidden in plain sight waits to be explored from the water.
Born in 1999 as a used gear shop, Next Adventure prides itself on supplying irrational inspiration and enthusiasm with rational, durable equipment. Since tours with guided instruction are usually capped at six, you'll receive plenty of supervision and totally stoked encouragement from your aqualeader, and perhaps even a nugget of zen-like wisdom that propels you into a life spent kayaking, even for minor trips to the drugstore. With Friday, Saturday, and Sunday times available through September, call ahead to schedule your tour with guided instruction.
Bring water, some snacks, layered clothing, and shoes you don't mind getting wet. Minimum age is 14.
Though Next Adventure arms adventurers with a range of outdoor gear, from standup paddleboards to alpine-ski gear for the winter months, the kayak is its specialty. Beyond the shop's sale and rental inventory of sit-on-top, whitewater, sea, and touring styles, instructors impart the ins and outs of paddling in the Next Adventure Kayak School. Their classes cover topics such as sea and whitewater kayaking, basic strokes, and techniques for rolling the vessel upright when it's overturned in the middle of a rapid. Guides also lead regular trips across the water to local landmarks such as Sauvie Island and Rooster Rock.