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SKAMOKAWA, WASHINGTON

Advanced Kayaking on the Lower Columbia River

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Program #19493RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
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Itinerary for Jun 1 — Jun 6, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, June 01 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, I...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introductions & Getting to Know You, Introduction to History of Skamokawa

Arrive To: Check in at Inn at Lucky Mud or Inn at Crippen Creek between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. There will be social time at the Inn at Crippen Creek at 5:30. Orientation and a Lower Columbia history presentation will follow dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the Inn at Crippen Creek. Menus typically include a salad, entrée, fresh homemade bread, and dessert, often featuring fresh, local ingredients.

Evening: ORIENTATION: This new program takes you to explore the Great River of the West with other experienced kayakers on a long-distance program that exposes you to little-traveled sections of the river. You'll have an overview of the experience to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory session.

PRESENTATION: After a short break, we'll have a slide presentation introducing the history of Skamokawa and the lower Columbia River by guide Andrew Emlen. Andrew has taught a course on the Columbia River as adjunct faculty for Lewis & Clark College.

Note: This program is designed for experienced paddlers to learn advanced skills; no beginners. Paddling 10–20 tide-assisted miles per day.

Lodging: The Inn at Crippen Creek or The Inn at Lucky Mud

Meals Included: Dinner

Day Two: Monday, June 02 - Paddle from Deep River to Gray's Point & back, ev...
Paddle from Deep River to Gray's Point & back, evening presentation by historian Irene Martin

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfast at your B&B includes choices such as cereal, sausage, fresh fruit, juices, homemade bread, and farm fresh eggs.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will begin paddling in Deep River and emerge onto Gray's Bay, the widest point of the Columbia River at eight miles across. Gray's Bay is usually our best area for seeing wildlife, including river otters, elk, waterfowl and nesting bald eagles.

Note: The “field trip” designation denotes a group outing that includes on-site presentations by experts.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunches at forested Gray's Point, where Lewis & Clark camped for two stormy days in 1805.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After the tide changes during lunch, we will return along the shore of Gray's Bay, passing the ghost town of Frankfurt on our way back to our Deep River launch site.

Dinner: We will eat together at the Inn at Crippen Creek. Our hosts the Speranzas, are former caterers who teach cooking classes specializing in Italian food.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Irene Martin is a local author and historian. Winner of the Governor's Award for her historical work, she has also worked as a gillnetter and Episcopal priest and has entertained and informed Road Scholar groups for many years on every conceivable topic related to the Lower Columbia River.

Lodging: The Inn at Crippen Creek or The Inn at Lucky Mud

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Three: Tuesday, June 03 - Clinic of intermediate to advanced kayak skills w...
Clinic of intermediate to advanced kayak skills with coach Mark Whitaker, River Life Interpretive Center, live folk music of the Columbia River

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfast at your B&B includes choices such as cereal, sausage, fresh fruit, juices, homemade bread, and farm fresh eggs.

Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by the B&B.

Morning: SKILLS CLINIC: Led by respected kayak coach Mark Whitaker, we'll work on stroke refinement, bracing, rescues, rolling, towing, and navigation.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunches on the deck of Skamokawa Center, overlooking the river.

Afternoon: SKILLS CLINIC: We will continue our clinic, learning and practicing to improve kayaking skills.

EXCURSION: After the skills clinic concludes, we'll walk across the road to the River Life Interpretive Center. This Queen Anne-style 1894 schoolhouse was purchased and beautifully restored by the Friends of Skamokawa Foundation in 1985, and now serves as a historical museum.

Dinner: We will have dinner together at the Inn at Lucky Mud.

Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: The popular local folk band Willapa Hills will present a program of songs 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.

Lodging: The Inn at Crippen Creek or The Inn at Lucky Mud

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Four: Wednesday, June 04 - Paddle Eagle Cliff to Skamokawa via the Lower Gor...
Paddle Eagle Cliff to Skamokawa via the Lower Gorge and the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge, evening presentation on the history of kayaking by Mark Whitaker.

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfast at your B&B includes choices such as cereal, sausage, fresh fruit, juices, homemade bread, and farm fresh eggs.

Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by the B&B.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Beginning at County Line Park, we will paddle along the basalt cliffs of the Lower Gorge, featuring 90-foot waterfalls, many wildflowers, and the ruins of old salmon canneries. These cliffs are part of the world's second largest basalt flows that filled the Columbia 16 million years ago.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunch on an uninhabited island in the Columbia before continuing down river.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We continue paddling to Skamokawa through the Julia Butler Hansen National Wildlife Refuge. The Sitka spruce swamp sloughs through which we'll paddle are lined with trees up to 350 years old. We'll have opportunities to watch river otters, bald eagles, and nesting osprey.

Dinner: We will have dinner together at the Inn at Crippen Creek.

Evening: Evening presentation: Guide Mark Whitaker will give a history of kayaking, with an emphasis on the Aleut and Greenland cultures where the kayak developed. Mark has built traditional skin-on-frame kayaks and associated equipment and teaches traditional Greenland paddling and rolling techniques.

Lodging: The Inn at Crippen Creek or The Inn at Lucky Mud

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Thursday, June 05 - Twenty-mile tide-assisted paddle from Skamokawa t...
Twenty-mile tide-assisted paddle from Skamokawa to Astoria via the islands of the Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge, live Music of the Lewis & Clark Era

Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfast at your B&B includes choices such as cereal, sausage, fresh fruit, juices, homemade bread, and farm fresh eggs.

Before we leave for the morning, prepare your own pack lunch from a variety of fresh ingredients provided by the B&B.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Our route this morning will begin along the rugged north shore to Pillar Rock, a landmark made famous in the Lewis & Clark journals as the point where they first reported seeing the ocean. We will then cross the main channel of the river where Lewis & Clark did, to the Oregon side.

Lunch: We will eat our pack lunch on one of the islands of the Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will continue through the islands until we cross to Astoria, where we will be greeted by a chorus of barking Calfornia sea lions at the East Mooring Basin.

Dinner: Our final dinner usually features wild-caught salmon at the Inn at Lucky Mud.

Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: Musicians Emlen & Reynolds will present "Corelli to Cruzatte: Music of the Lewis & Clark Era." The first half of this performance will be classical music once performed by Thomas Jefferson; the second half will be traditional fiddle tunes and folk songs that are likely to have been played on the Lewis & Clark trail. Emlen & Reynolds have performed for numerous state and national Lewis & Clark bicentennial events, historical societies, and Road Scholar programs and have been videotaped for the National Park Service archives.

Lodging: The Inn at Crippen Creek or The Inn at Lucky Mud

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 06 - Farewells and Program Conclusion
Breakfast: The hearty and varied breakfast at your B&B includes choices such as cereal, sausage, fresh fruit, juices, homemade bread, and farm fresh eggs.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast and farewells so that everyone can begin their independent departures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
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