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Kayaking the Lower Columbia River: Exploration and Discovery

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Program #2288RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Dian from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 10/18/13 I have posted my pictures to dropbox and have posted the links to the pictures. There are four different days. I'm not sure if this will work for this format, if not, just let me know. Dian Self

Christina from Friday Harbor, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
This was a fantastic trip that greatly exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Fonda from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/04/13
Andrew and Mark were the best guides ever on the Columbia River trip. They were were helpful, patient, flexible, very knowledge, entertaining, multi-talented, delightful guides. The equipment was new and well fitted to the participants. They easily accommodated various levels of kayaking experience. They had a wealth of information.

Carol from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Excellent in all respects. Mark and Andrew and Katy were the best of all possible guides for kayaking on the river, noting with great care the changing tides, winds, and currents. The accommodations were delightful and the food especially delicious and nourishing. To top it all off, there were two evenings of music portraying the Lewis and Clark era and the Lower Columbia area. It all seemed rather magical.

David from Mount Airy, NC Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
If you can only take one kayaking trip, this should be the one! We've been to 5 others and Skamokawa is the only one we've chosen to repeat.

Susan from Palo Alto, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/01/13 - 09/06/13
This was a very rich, kayaking trip! The information about Lewis and Clark Expedition was presented in a way that was interesting and relevant. The accommodations were comfortable and the food was outstanding! The kayaking averaged 4-6 hours on 3 days. The trips were well planned with the tides and winds. Andrew and Mark are very knowledgeable. The evening programs were great! I highly recommend this trip to people who love nature and the history of the area.

Renee from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/01/13 - 09/06/13
This is an exceptional program that exceeded all my expectations. Besides all the kayaking fun, the local history and Lewis and Clark historical information was presented in a creative and entertaining way by very talented leaders and local historians and musicians.

Christine from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/18/13 - 08/23/13
Kayaking in the Lower Coumbia River is an exeptionlly rewarding program. I participated in the general program, not the advanced, and can't say enough to recommend the guides and the experience. Go for it!

Sheila from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/28/13 - 08/02/13
The program "Kayaking the Lower Columbia River" was my first experience with Road Scholar and it was a wonderful experience. the paddling part was leisurely,the guides were very helpful and patient. Their knowledge knows no bounds and their talents are amazing. (I am 79). definitely a 5 star program.

Katherine from Normandy Park, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/28/13 - 08/02/13
This was a truly rich experience, weaving the history of the Lewis and Clark Exhibition with water travel on the Columbia, nature study, informative music programs, and just plain fun. The fabulous guides do a STELLAR job of making this truly a quality experience; I am a teacher by trade and very particular about instructors; Andrew and Mark are teachers in the true sense of the word and I found myself excited about every aspect of this program's learning. I am a fifty-eight year old who shared this with my 87 year old dad; we both returned from the week inspired and smiling. After the week was over, it was clear to both of us that we had participated in something great! You can't miss on this one.

Penny from La Mesa, CA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
This is so much more than an expertly run kayak trip using the ultimate in quality gear. It is a cultural, botanical, historical and musical extravaganza lead by guides who know how to have fun and to connect with each individual in a group. All details of lodging, food and activities were first rate and Andrew's and Mark's expertise in kayak safety reassuring, though not needed in real time. I was fortunate to be able to enjoy this trip in 1999, its first year, and could not wait to share it with my adult daughter this time when it was even better. You will not be disappointed.

Carol from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 07/14/13 - 07/19/13
Don't hesitate: sign up now for this wonderful experience! Great guides, delicious food, comfortable B & B's with warm, friendly hosts, and kayaking in beautiful waters with the tides. The two concerts with guide Andrew and friends are amazing....even for big city folks like us who go to lots of concerts. Never kayaked before? Don't worry: Andrew, Mark, Katie, and other guides will help you along, Single or double, it's a great experience!

Heidi from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
Wonderful experience! The guides were knowledgeable and fun, the food, entertainment and accommodations were great. I am looking forward to more Road Scholar trips in the future.

Adele Brady from Redmond, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I was extremely pleased. The leadership of the kayaking itself, and the hospitality and food at the B&B, were superb. And the education experience, the storytelling, the music, the history, all made this a great experience.

Joyce from Barstow, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
This is an outstanding trip for those who are interested in learning to kayak. You will also learn a great deal about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and music of all types.

Ed from Redmond, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
This is an outstanding program, not only because of the venue and the physical activities, but also the people who run it. They really embody the spirit of the residents of the lower Columbia, and made me appreciate a lifestyle quite different from mine. The musical presentations by Andrew's groups were the icing on a very rich cake. The talent and dedication was very evident and enjoyed by all participants.

Lincoln from Rochester, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
This was our first Road Scholar event, but it won't be the last! Aside from a terrific experience on the water in our kayaks, the whole trip was enriching in so many ways. For instance, every day brought different aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition to life. Our guides Andrew and Mark are amazingly talented, knowledgeable, and experienced. At the same time, they are still curious about the region and looking for new discoveries to share with us. The evening programs with music and lectures were very well done, with enthusiasm and knowledge. Bravo! Encore!

Barbara from Hayward, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 06/02/13 - 06/07/13
Another great adventure in Skamokawa! This is the third time I have attended this program and the place and people remain exquisite. You have not experienced performance music at its best until you hear Willapa Hills group singing songs of the place and see and hear Andrew and Jeffrey playing music of Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark expedition. Amazing talent in this little community of Skamokawa. Oh, yes, and the River...Lucky Mud B&B...the land...the old school/Redmen Hall/museum/visitor center/book and souvenir shop. WOW.

Nancy from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/28/12
This program was fantastic in every way. The first day of Kayaking was difficult, but I did it nd was glad. Beautiful scenery, excellent local knowledge and historical content. this was a 11 on a 10 point scale. The leaders should get the Medal of Honor!!!!

Malcolm from Pasadena, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/23/12 - 09/28/12
his is a fabulous program in every aspect....donor miss it!!!

Janice from Shaw Island, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/09/12 - 09/14/12
A fantastic program with knowlegeble instructors in a beautiful location.

Hilary from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/18/12
What Joanne and Tom (and everyone else) said. Everything about the program - the variety of equipment and routes, the good cheer and expertise of the guides and hosts, the music, the food, the music, the tie-in to Lewis & Clark, the hikes, the scenery, the music, even the weather (though they might have dialed back the wind a bit) was everything I could have asked for if I'd had that much imagination. I'm glad I went, and could picture returning very happily.

Joanne Tomasi/Thomas Atkins from Prescott, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/13/12 - 05/18/12
Brilliant in every aspect: excellent, knowledgeable guides, magnificent scenery. Kayaking skills taught and guiding based on deep knowledge of the area and tides. Flexible daily programing accommodated a variety of skill levels with ease. Evening presentations consisted of information specific to the area, well researched and thoughtfully presented. Musicians were fantastic with period music and costumes. Lodgings and food were just absolutely delightful. Five Star Program.

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