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Kayaking the Lower Columbia River: Exploration and Discovery

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Itinerary for May 24 — May 29, 2015

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Type: Inn

Description: Skamokawa Resort is part of a National Historic Area, with renovated buildings that date to the 1890's. It is on the Columbia River, with views across the river to Oregon. It is within easy walking distance of the sand beach and forest trail of Skamokawa Vista Park, Columbia River Kayaking's facilities and dock, and the River Life Interpretive Center.

Contact info:
1391 W State Route 4
Skamokawa, WA 98647 USA
phone: 360-795-0726
web: http://www.skamokawaresort.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, satellite television

Facility amenities: The Skamokawa Resort has a small conference center where we will gather for meals. It also has a general store with a nice beer and wine selection. The Post Office is in the same building complex.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $79-$169
Additional nights may be spent in one of the hotel rooms ($79-$89) or in Condo #5, which has a living area and kitchen facilities ($169).

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 24 - Check-in, dinner at Skamokawa Resort, evening pre...
Check-in, dinner at Skamokawa Resort, evening presentation on the history of Skamokawa

Arrive To: Arrive as early as 3 p.m. at Skamokawa Resort and relax or explore the grounds, Skamokawa Vista Park, or the Hansen Refuge before dinner. At 5:30 p.m., there will be social time in the conference room before 6:00 dinner.

Dinner: Dinners at Skamokawa Resort, prepared by chefs Jake Collins and Ginger Schmitz of Jack & Jill Catering, include fresh salad from local ingredients, vegetables, a meat or vegetarian entree and homemade dessert.

Evening: Enjoy a slide presentation on the history of Skamokawa by Andrew Emlen, who for fifteen years taught a course about the Lower Columbia River as an adjunct faculty member of Lewis & Clark College.

Lodging: Skamokawa Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Skamokawa Resort is part of a National Historic Area, with renovated buildings that date to the 1890's. It is on the Columbia River, with views across the river to Oregon. It is within easy walking distance of the sand beach and forest trail of Skamokawa Vista Park, Columbia River Kayaking's facilities and dock, and the River Life Interpretive Center.

Contact info:
1391 W State Route 4
Skamokawa, WA 98647 USA
phone: 360-795-0726
web: http://www.skamokawaresort.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, satellite television

Facility amenities: The Skamokawa Resort has a small conference center where we will gather for meals. It also has a general store with a nice beer and wine selection. The Post Office is in the same building complex.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $79-$169
Additional nights may be spent in one of the hotel rooms ($79-$89) or in Condo #5, which has a living area and kitchen facilities ($169).

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 25 - Introduction to Kayaking on Protected Deep River....
Introduction to Kayaking on Protected Deep River. Paddle into Historic, Wildlife-Rich Gray's Bay on the Lewis & Clark Water Trail

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning at Skamokawa Resort. Options include eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausage. Breakfast is usually at 8 a.m. At 8:40, you will be transported to the kayak put-in or to a field-trip destination.

Morning: We will have an introduction to kayaking on protected Deep River, offering an opportunity to work on strokes before paddling out the river to Gray's Bay. Gray's Bay of the Columbia River is one of the premier wildlife areas in the region. Wildlife seen on this adventure include river otters, harbor seals, Roosevelt elk and nesting Bald Eagles. Here the Columbia is eight miles wide, offering impressive views of the estuary, yet our path along the forested hills along the shore is protected from prevailing winds.

Lunch: Each day we will prepare pack lunches that may include a deli sandwich, chips, fruit or homemade cookie that will be eaten in the field. Our lunch site the first day is a small golden sand beach tucked among sandstone bluffs, with a view across the broad Columbia to Astoria. Here we will share some of the most exciting journal entries of the Lewis & Clark expedition at the location where they experienced it. Our beach also offers the possibility of finding Miocene marine fossils.

Afternoon: After lunch our tide will have turned to aid our return to our put-in. After driving back to Skamokawa, our experts will present a demonstration of all the commonly used kayak rolls and rescues. Participants can don a wetsuit and practice these maneuvers. Enjoy about an hour and a half of free time before dinner.

Dinner: Dinners at Skamokawa Resort, prepared by chefs Jake Collins and Ginger Schmitz of Jack & Jill Catering, include fresh salad from local ingredients, vegetables, a meat or vegetarian entree and homemade dessert.

Evening: Historian Irene Martin has won a Governor's Heritage Award for her work documenting the cultures of the Lower Columbia. Author of six books on the history of the region, she is also a gillnetter and an Episcopal priest. Her wide-ranging interests and intellect make for a fascinating presentation.

Lodging: Skamokawa Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Skamokawa Resort is part of a National Historic Area, with renovated buildings that date to the 1890's. It is on the Columbia River, with views across the river to Oregon. It is within easy walking distance of the sand beach and forest trail of Skamokawa Vista Park, Columbia River Kayaking's facilities and dock, and the River Life Interpretive Center.

Contact info:
1391 W State Route 4
Skamokawa, WA 98647 USA
phone: 360-795-0726
web: http://www.skamokawaresort.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, satellite television

Facility amenities: The Skamokawa Resort has a small conference center where we will gather for meals. It also has a general store with a nice beer and wine selection. The Post Office is in the same building complex.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $79-$169
Additional nights may be spent in one of the hotel rooms ($79-$89) or in Condo #5, which has a living area and kitchen facilities ($169).

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 26 - Kayak Through the Sitka Spruce Swamp Sloughs of t...
Kayak Through the Sitka Spruce Swamp Sloughs of the Hansen National Wildlife Refuge

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning at Skamokawa Resort. Options include eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausage. Breakfast is usually at 8 a.m. At 8:40, you will be transported to the kayak put-in or to a field-trip destination.

Morning: We will follow Lewis & Clark's route through Elochoman (ee-LO-ko-man) Slough, a narrow waterway where the Corps of Discovery followed two canoes of Wahkiakum (wa-KIE-a-kum) Indians to their village site to trade (fish hooks for dogs and wapato tubers). We will follow the slough all the way to lunch through the Sitka spruce swamps of the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge, which feature trees up to 350 years old.

Lunch: At the end of the slough, we will emerge on a sand beach on the main channel of the Columbia, where we will eat our pack lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue paddling downriver with the outgoing tide. For less than a mile we will be on the main channel before continuing to Skamokawa (ska-MOCK-away) via Steamboat Slough, also part of the Hansen Wildlife Refuge. After returning to Skamokawa we will walk across the road to the 1894 schoolhouse that has been lovingly restored as the River Life Interpretive Center.

Dinner: Dinners at Skamokawa Resort, prepared by chefs Jake Collins and Ginger Schmitz of Jack & Jill Catering, include fresh salad from local ingredients, vegetables, a meat or vegetarian entree and homemade dessert.

Evening: The six-member folk band Willapa Hills will perform music by and about the people of the Lower Columbia River. Willapa Hills are known for creative arrangements using various combinations of voice, guitar, autoharp, cello, banjo, mandolin, mandocello, fiddle, piano and percussion. They are currently collecting local stories from long-time residents and turning them into songs.

Lodging: Skamokawa Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Skamokawa Resort is part of a National Historic Area, with renovated buildings that date to the 1890's. It is on the Columbia River, with views across the river to Oregon. It is within easy walking distance of the sand beach and forest trail of Skamokawa Vista Park, Columbia River Kayaking's facilities and dock, and the River Life Interpretive Center.

Contact info:
1391 W State Route 4
Skamokawa, WA 98647 USA
phone: 360-795-0726
web: http://www.skamokawaresort.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, satellite television

Facility amenities: The Skamokawa Resort has a small conference center where we will gather for meals. It also has a general store with a nice beer and wine selection. The Post Office is in the same building complex.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $79-$169
Additional nights may be spent in one of the hotel rooms ($79-$89) or in Condo #5, which has a living area and kitchen facilities ($169).

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 27 - Field Trip to Cape Disappointment State Park
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning at Skamokawa Resort. Options include eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausage. Breakfast is usually at 8 a.m. At 8:40, you will be transported to the kayak put-in or to a field-trip destination.

Morning: We take a break from kayaking to drive out to Cape Disappointment State Park, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Along the way we will stop at Dismal Nitch, named (as spelled) by Captain William Clark, the small cove where the Corps was forced by bad weather to camp for days on giant logs that floated and pitched about at every high tide. When we arrive at the park, we will hike a two-mile trail inside the cape where the Corps of Discovery also was proceeding on foot. Here we'll explore a section of ancient temperate rainforest with trees up to nine feet in diameter and see landmarks described in the expedition journals.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunches in a picnic area of the park near our trailhead.

Afternoon: We will visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Perched on top of Cape Disappointment with a spectacular view of the river bar and ocean, this particularly well-done center was rebuilt for the Lewis & Clark bicentennial. Afterward we may take the half-mile hike down to Little Waikiki Beach on the outside of the cape or visit the Columbia Pacific Heritage Center in Ilwaco before driving back to The Inn at Crippen Creek for dinner. We usually return by 5 p.m.

Dinner: Dinners at Skamokawa Resort, prepared by chefs Jake Collins and Ginger Schmitz of Jack & Jill Catering, include fresh salad from local ingredients, vegetables, a meat or vegetarian entree and homemade dessert.

Evening: Guide and traditional kayak builder Mark Whitaker will present a history of kayaking.

Lodging: Skamokawa Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Skamokawa Resort is part of a National Historic Area, with renovated buildings that date to the 1890's. It is on the Columbia River, with views across the river to Oregon. It is within easy walking distance of the sand beach and forest trail of Skamokawa Vista Park, Columbia River Kayaking's facilities and dock, and the River Life Interpretive Center.

Contact info:
1391 W State Route 4
Skamokawa, WA 98647 USA
phone: 360-795-0726
web: http://www.skamokawaresort.com/

Room amenities: Private bathroom, satellite television

Facility amenities: The Skamokawa Resort has a small conference center where we will gather for meals. It also has a general store with a nice beer and wine selection. The Post Office is in the same building complex.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $79-$169
Additional nights may be spent in one of the hotel rooms ($79-$89) or in Condo #5, which has a living area and kitchen facilities ($169).

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 28 - Kayak Along the 90-Foot Cliffs and Waterfalls of ...
Kayak Along the 90-Foot Cliffs and Waterfalls of the Lower Gorge During Wildflower Season.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning at Skamokawa Resort. Options include eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausage. Breakfast is usually at 8 a.m. At 8:40, you will be transported to the kayak put-in or to a field-trip destination.

Morning: Our final paddle will take us along the profoundly beautiful cliffs of the Lower Gorge. An extension of the Columbia basalt flows, the second-largest basalt flows on earth, these lavas filled the Columbia River valley 17-15 million years ago. Today waterfalls plunge into the Columbia from the 90-foot cliffs. Wildflowers, including rare endemics, bloom in all colors and are fed upon by Rufous Hummingbirds. You may view the mold of a tree engulfed by the lava, leaving the imprint of the bark texture clearly visible millions of years later.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunch on a small pebble beach next to the cliffs and a waterfall. Our beach is partly made up of Missoula flood deposits, rounded pebbles of quartzite and many other minerals carried all the way from Idaho during the last ice age.

Afternoon: Depending on the tides, we may either return along the cliffs the way we came, loop through the homes and farms of Birnie Slough back to Cathlamet, or take the Columbia main channel down to Skamokawa.

Dinner: Our final dinner at Skamokawa Resort showcases wild-caught salmon along with other fresh local foods.

Evening: Local musicians Kyleen Austin, Andrew Emlen, Eric Friend and Jillian Weiss will perform a program of River Songs, with varied instrumentation including guitar, mandolin, banjo, mandocello, cello and voice. The program will include many well-known sing-along numbers as well as local Columbia River tunes.

Lodging: Skamokawa Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 29 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning at Skamokawa Resort. Options include eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and sausage.

Morning: Our program ends after the 8 a.m. breakfast at your lodging. No program is scheduled, but you are welcome to continue sharing remembrances of the week. Check-out time is 10 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Skamokawa, WA
Collupy GlassCollupy Glass is a small glass-blowing company in Skamokawa. Treasure and Michelle Collupy are a husband and wife living their American dream. They are partners in life as well as in business. Treasure's creative shapes and techniques combined with Michelle's brilliant colors make for a unique piece of glass. You may call ahead during the week to watch the glass-blowing process in action.
For additional information, visit: www.collupyglass.com/
Disc Golf CourseThe Inn at Lucky Mud proudly presents an 18-hole championship disc golf course designed by Adam Fletcher with assistance from nine-time Washington State champion Lowell Shields. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®
For additional information, visit: www.luckymud.com/onsite/golf.htm
Julia Butler Hansen White-tailed Deer National Wildlife RefugeDeer and elk may be observed and photographed from the road which passes through the mainland portion of the refuge; evenings and mornings are the best times. The refuge is also a home or migratory stopover for 200 species of birds. You are welcome to walk, bicycle or drive along the serene country road. A wildlife observation site and interpretive exhibits are along State Highway 4 and at the refuge headquarters on Steamboat Slough Road.
For additional information, visit: .www.fws.gov/pacific/refuges/field/WA_julia.htm
Skyline Golf CourseEveryone is welcome at Skyline Golf! A great atmosphere for beginners, youth, women, senior citizens, high handicappers, non-players, tag-a-longs, and the just plain curious. Learn and participate in a fun, comfortable environment. Compared to other nine-hole golf facilities, there aren’t many with the full amenities offered here. It makes us unique!
For additional information, visit: www.skylinegolf.net/

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
2 Performances

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