Do your kids like field days? Of course they do! Tell ‘em it’s a field day, load ‘em up in the car, and get on down to the annual Tualatin Riverkeepers Discovery Day. Launch is from Hazelbrook Road in Tualatin and is a family-friendly paddle on the Tualatin River from the boat launch to Tualatin Community Park. Next Adventure will be donating a trailer load of kayaks, paddles and PFDs, and some of our best water rats from the store, to help y’all into the river. Expect a big crowd to follow you on your foray into close encounters of the water kind, so get there early!
So you don’t have a canoe, huh? Bummer. Guess you won’t be on the water for this one. We keed, we keed. Tualatin Riverkeepers will rent canoes and tandem or solo kayaks to you for $30 with all the necessary paddles, life jackets and safety gear. That’s a pretty great deal! If you do have your own boats, you are invited to participate at no cost, but reservations are required -- sign up on Tualatin Riverkeepers’ website. Volunteers will be on hand to help you move your boat to, and from, the river, and a free shuttle van will carry you from the take-out at Tualatin Community Park back to your cars.
When: June 29th @ 8:45am Where: Tualatin Riverkeepers River House, 11675 SW Hazelbrook Road, ends at Tualatin Community Park, 8505 SW Tualatin Road.
Ok, picture this: you’re Michael Phelps doing an Olympic training swim. You need something big and beefy but you don’t know where to go. Ok, now stop dreaming and get back to reality! You’re not Michael Phelps but you can certainly take on a mighty challenge of the H2O kind with the PDX bridge swim. An 11-mile swim guaranteed to test the mettle of even the best off-lander, the PDX bridge swim meanders through our notorious waterway, the Willamette River, from the Sellwood to John’s bridge.
The course goes under all of Portland’s iconic bridges, through downtown and beyond. Swimmers will pass under the St. John’s bridge and exit in Cathedral Park. Water temperature is expected to be just right at 66-72 degrees Fahrenheit. We're stoked to partner with the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, the oldest Jazz & Blues festival west of the mighty Missip. When you finish, ring out your gills, crawl back onto land, and make sure to stick around because the music festival will be going on. Head up the hill for some great free tunes! The exact route is left to each swimmer, but stay on the east side of the river cuz we don’t want you getting eaten by an oversized river rat y’know. Just kidding!
When: Tuesday, July 21 @ 7:30am Where: Sellwood Riverfront Park, SE 7th Ave. & Miller St. in Portland
Put on by the die-hard water rats at Mountain Home Canoe Club, the Rooster Rock Race returns to the Columbia River Gorge on June 29th. The 10.5 miles long course–a full circle back to the start–boasts tricky curves, rowdy swells, and the cheers of grandmas and girlfriends alike! Much of the course can be seen from the bank, but bring your binoculars in case it's a grey day.
The friendlies at Mountain Home Canoe Club:
It's a bring-your-own canoe event, but if you don't have your own, no worries - the great folks at Mountain Home Canoe Club (MHCC) have you covered. Simply give 'em a call and ask to be put on their waiting list. They'll lend you a canoe if you can't find your own, and they'll be happy to do it as long as you kick them some cash for gas and loading and unloading. Please do whatever you can to bring your own canoes, though!
Next Adventure was thrilled to participate in the 5th Annual National Get Outdoors Day event in Vancouver, WA, last weekend. It was a blue-sky, gorgeous day on either side of the Columbia, and people did not need much incentive to get out, but the event opened minds to new ideas of what to do in the great outdoors.
We are pleased to host the Leave No Trace Travelling Trainers for a workshop and discussion. Join us and learn more about minimal impact camping and hiking techniques. You’ll learn about the 7 Principles and how to use them on all of your adventures. We will also cover the history of Leave No Trace and its impact on the environment.
Greetings from Newport, Oregon! It's time to take a trip to the Central Oregon Coast, disc golf style. That's right, it's one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest, and now it just got even more enticing for those who enjoy hucking discs in the woods. Once in Newport, follow Hwy. 101 to the South Beach district on the south side of the historic, and extremely scenic, Yaquina Bay Bridge. Next, stop by the South Beach Market for some of the freshest and tastiest seafood the Oregon coast has to offer, and load up on some snacks and drinks (the disc golf course takes some energy to play, so be prepared). Finally, follow the signs for the Central Oregon Coast Community College (SE College Way) and take the short drive up into the coastal forest on a well paved, windy road until you see the sign for the disc golf course on your left. AHHH, PARADISE!
The annual Rose City Open took place over Memorial Day weekend in Pier Park. Next Adventure’s flight crew, along with several other Pro and Amateur disc golfers from all over the northwest, competed in the two day event. Over 150 disc golfers filled the fairways of Pier Park, flinging it out for the top spots in their divisions.