Divers' clothing flaps in the wind as they soar toward a patchwork of meadows, with forests spreading out in all directions and mountains looming on the horizon. Sometimes, as the wind rushes past their ears, they can look out and glimpse seven volcanoes in the distance. But before these jumps, Skydive! Toledo's instructors impart the necessary safety measures, touching on how to ensure a parachute has been maintained, how to land, and how to use a guidebook to ask birds for directions. After briefing visitors on the basics, expert jumpers help them learn the physics firsthand on tandem jumps and accelerated free-fall plunges from small Cessna aircraft. They also train first-time skydivers through the static-line program—a former military exercise now used to train sports parachutists toward licenses. From the strut of a single-engine Cessna plane, at an altitude of 3,000 feet, a student leaps into the air and falls for up to three seconds before a static line attached to the plane deploys a parachute and takes the guesswork out of pulling the ripcord.
Towering fir trees, water hazards of varying sizes, and white sand traps shape the landscape at Riverside Golf Course's 18-hole, par 71 course. Though it measures in at 6,155 yards from the farthest tees, the course plays longer because of multiple doglegs guarded by thickets of tall trees and water hazards that come into play on 14 holes, including the Chehalis River, ponds lined with tall grasses, and rain-filled divots left by the titans who first walked the course.
The course’s two most difficult holes are showcased on 527- and 545-yard par 5s, where long hitters have an advantage than on the rest of the relatively short but less forgiving fairways. Though most water hazards come into play in the event of an errant shot, there are ponds on the fairways of three holes that golf balls must fly over or tunnel underneath to make it to the green.
Riverside Golf complements its golf course and driving range with the culinary creations of Chef James Wheeler, who prepares the menu at the club’s bistro. Guests can choose to enjoy the bistro fare—such as hazelnut-crusted wild sockeye or Angus beef prime rib—from the white-cloth-draped tables of the dining room or watch the sunset as they stir their drinks with lucky putters as they bask in the outdoor seating of the Rooftop Bar.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Length of 6,155 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 69.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
At the beginning, wine-making was just a hobby for John and his wife; a pursuit limited to making 5-gallon batches in their garage. As their passion for the craft grew, they
moved into a cozy, gray-sided barn where grapevines stretched above the door, and soon founded Agate Creek Cellars. Today, John often greets visitors by giving them an impromptu tour of his facilities—from the small demonstration vineyard out back to the rooms where he presses grapes by hand and ages wine in new oak barrels. This process results in seven flavorful wines, which include rich, unfiltered reds and vibrant whites—all crafted from hand-picked eastern Washington grapes. When John and his wife aren't making wines, they're often guiding visitors through a tasting at the polished mahogany bar or using brooms to shoo owls out of the rafters.
"Being on the water and fishing started from day one with me," shares CCO Sportfishing owner Allan Palmerson. As a youngster, Palmerson would accompany his father, a fishing guide, on trips around Puget Sound in search of chinook, crab, and the world's largest swedish-fish gummy. After traveling throughout the United States and abroad with his fishing gear in tow, he turned his hobby into a career, earning his USCG captain’s license and charter permit in his home state and then founding CCO Sportfishing. Like his father before him, he helms small-group fishing expeditions in search of both the best catches and the most memorable experiences.
White sturgeon on Washington's Columbia River. Chinook salmon on Alaska's inlets. Steelhead on Idaho's Clearwater River. West Coast Anglers' network of guides organizes trips throughout the Pacific Northwest in search of these species, specializing in fly-fishing and spey casting to catch the five main species of Pacific salmon. In addition to hooking these river-running trophies, the guides' extend their expertise to drifting and wading trips for rainbow trout, sea-run cutthroat trout, and even dungeness crab. Though West Coast does not operate its own lodges, its guides are happy to recommend hollow logs to sleep in or more traditional accommodations.
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