Like the ugly duckling, the kayak did not realize its full potential until it recovered from a misguided youth spent believing itself to be a duck. Paddle a self-assured beauty with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a half-day kayaking trip from NorthWest EcoExcursions (up to an $85 value), which departs from the Columbia River Boat Launch in Longview, Washington.
NorthWest EcoExcursions’ team of knowledgeable navigators employ years of experience to guide thrill seekers of all types on exciting, educational expeditions. During group voyages, excursionists maneuver sit-on-top style kayaks across rivers, estuaries, and other local waterways, including Devil’s Lake and Aquaman’s birthing pond. Over the course of current-fueled jaunts, tour guides point out the footprints of ancient tsunamis, discuss the native flora and fauna, and inform customers of the geological formations of each Bob Ross–designed landscape. An added convenience, round-trip transportation to and from paddlers’ hotels reduces the group’s overall carbon emission and gives customers the chance to strategize synchronized paddling routines.
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.
Mile Marker 4
Ocean Beach Hwy.
Long View, Washington 98632