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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Linda from Corvallis, MT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
My husband and I had a wonderful time! We had limited experience with kayaking, but Andrew, Mark and Levi made us feel safe and capable. We met delightful people, had great fun, ate wonderful food and learned a little history, to boot! We are excited to plan another Road Scholar adventure in the near future!

Bill from Olympia, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/18/15 - 10/23/15
A warm, welcoming, and fully enjoyable experience kayaking through islands and channels of the lower Columbia river. Live music and interesting talks every evening after a good dinner. The leaders are genuine good people, with plenty of skills and experience in kayaking. They enthusiastically share their knowledge of local history and nature.

Suzanne from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
This trip will exceed all of your expectations! Picture yourself watching the mist rise on the Columbia River or paddling gently and seeing Bald Eagles sitting in the trees. You will travel through the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and marvel at the rain forest. The geological history comes alive through the Basalt canyons. This trip is one not to be missed--it is the very best that Road Scholar offers.

Dee from Woodinville, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/25/15
This was a perfect blend of outdoor activity, education (history, botany, geology, and birding. The setting was beautiful with wonderful accommodations and outstanding food. Our fellow participants were all great and fun companions. Our guides were top notch with incredible talents well beyond simply knowing kayaking or history. They each had deep knowledge of a wide variety of subjects - and educated us perfectly. The evening sessions may have been the best part of the entire week. The educational presentations were excellent and on two evenings one of our guides brought his band to us with songs of the river and the area around us. What an overall outstanding week!

Jane from Dunlap, TN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/25/15
All I can say is wow! This program was fantastic and fun. The weather was very good, the leaders were well prepared and entertaining. The food was the best I have had on any Road Scholar trip ( I have been on 3 previous trips ). The amount of kayaking was perfect, the pace was delightful and the location was beautiful. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is willing to learn something new.

Jim from Honolulu, HI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 08/09/15 - 08/14/15
I went for the kayaking experience, but found the evening music sessions, lectures, and learning about the local history equally rewarding. It truly was much more than I expected.

Trudy from Soulsbyville, CA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 07/26/15 - 07/31/15
The Columbia River Kayacking group did an EXCELLENT job with this program. We were out on the river for3 days with a field trip on one day to give us a break . The leaders were very good, each was friendly, informative and always available to answere questions. The food was great, I especially liked packing my own lunch each day so there was less wasted food. An all-around great trip that I'd recommend to anyone.

Diane from Ventura, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/26/15 - 07/31/15
This is an amazing week with amazing guides, wonderful accommodations in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend for some fun kayaking adventures!

Pamela from San Luis Obispo, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/05/15 - 07/10/15
This program was a wonderful experience. You don't need kayaking experience as the guides are helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating for all levels of ability. We had a great time, enjoying nature and learning about the intrepid explorers of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Chinook people.

Marylyn M from Quincy, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
A memorable blend of good days of kayaking, ecology and culture of a once vibrant and historically rich location, following the trail of November-1805-misery of the Corps of Discovery by paddle and foot, excellent topical music two nights and two nights of enlightening lectures: highly recommended. Some kayaking experience would enhance your enjoyment. Days of rain may hamper a good experience. We lucked out and had no rain at all! Excellent guides, locally sources and thoughtfully prepared food; accommodations comfortable and centrally located, minimizing commuting time, interesting company. Local goat creamery makes excellent goat cheese, dessert cheeses and spreads -- ask at the resort to keep a fresh batch at their store. A big bonus for us was discovery that our Road Scholar dollars are helping to revive the economy of this beautiful town through the efforts of younger people trying to develop a viable economy for themselves and their community.

Roxie from North Vancouver, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
If you enjoy meeting people from many walks of life and many parts of the country (countries) , enjoy getting out in the fresh air and being guided by very professional people, check out this program. If you have kayaked at all, this is for you. The scenery is great, food super and as a 55+ person, it's wonderful to return to your own bed each evening (as apart from moving camp to camp). The evening lectures and entertainment were "icing on the cake". Great value for the cost.

Vera from St. Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/05/15 - 07/10/15
This was a great trip. Several of us were new to kayaking and several were more experienced. I think everyone had a great time. The guides were fun, knowledgeable and good teachers. Food was very good. Highly recommended.

Carol Anne from Coquitlam, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
This program was a wonderful experience. I learned a great deal, enjoyed nature, had fun and met some wonderful people. The trip was well-organized and the leaders were exceptionally knowledgeable. Highly recommend this trip.

Mike from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
The instructors were very helpful. The overall program was excellent. The participants interacted in a very positive manner. I improved my kayaking. Excellent accommodation location. Very good food. A fun, learning, and good time experience..................

Linda from Ketchum, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
What a great trip! Andrew, Levi and Katy were wonderful guides, personable, knowledgeable and patient.
It was my first kayaking adventure, and my first time doing a group program. I'm usually a solo traveler, but enjoyed our "band of adventurers." Keep up the good work Road Scholar!
Linda-Sun Valley

Judith from North Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
I woke up Saturday morning and it just didn't feel right. I already missed our jolly band. Judy - North Bend

Richard from North Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
Andrew is the anchor of this program. His wide leadership skills, kayaking, music, flora & fauna are superb. The catered food is fine, the lodgings comfortable and clean. Our group of 13 meshed well and seemed to enjoy each other as well as the program. Highly recommend this program to anyone who would like to kayak with a group.

Patricia from Delta, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
The Kayaking Adventure on the Columbia River conducted through roadscholar and Columbia River Kayaking was exceptional. The whole experience was fun and invigorating and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the pursuit of an active educational program. As a novice kayaker who questioned my own ability to be able to "keep up "it was well paced and very safe. I'd do it again in a heartbeat

Marlene from Vancouver, BC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/24/15 - 05/29/15
Thank you Andrew, Levi & Katy for a truly memorable, fun and absolutely enjoyable kayaking "adventure". I can't say enough positive things about you and the program. The kayaking was great, the accommodation couldn't have been lovelier (who wouldn't love having the Columbia River literally at your doorstep?) and I now have a deep appreciation for the history of that part of Washington. You made Lewis & Clark come alive. Thank you for a truly memorable (and more than likely do again) week!

Sandy from Loveland, CO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/01/15
This was our 5th trip with Road Scholar and it was great! We enjoyed the kayaking voyages, the evening programs and the excursion to coast. Hearing the local history of Lewis & Clark and their expedition was interesting. We enjoyed seeing a western painted turtle and Columbia white tail deer in the preserve. We also enjoyed meeting all the participants on the trip.

Carolyn from Grants Pass, OR Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/01/15
This was the fifth RS program I’ve taken in the past 5 years, the closest to home, and so much more than I had even hoped for! The blend of professionalism, knowledge, scenery & safety while kayaking made learning fun for this newbie. The comfortable and varied schedule flowed perfectly, each day building on the one before. Learning about the area through quotes from Lewis & Clark's journals, an outstanding local historian, delightful humor and incredible musicians playing and singing songs about the area made me want to come back to the tiny town of Skamokawa! I played “A Portrait of Place...Songs of the Columbia-Pacific Region" the entire drive home and continue to listen and join in, remembering this delightful gem of a program.

Katherine from Crestline, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/01/15
This is a wonderful program! The kayaking guides are knowledgeable, interesting, enthusiastic, very helpful, and patient. I enjoyed every minute---kayaking on the beautiful Columbia River, the great evening programs and music, talking with fellow travelers, learning about the history of the area, the delicious food. This was my first Road Scholar program but it won't be my last!

William from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 04/26/15 - 05/01/15
Of the 26 outstanding Road Scholar programs I've attended, this is the only one I've attended twice. The kayaking, regardless of your experience level, is great. The opportunity to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the natural habitat of the Lower Columbia River is excellent. And the live music performances are wonderful.

Stephanie from Granite Bay, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
My husband and I are from CA and are frequent travelers, however this was our first Road Scholar experience. And we can't wait to do another! We enjoyed everything about it! We also were very lucky to have perfect weather! Being novice kayakers we were pleased with the terrific guides we had who patiently helped us with our gear, kayaks, paddling lessons, and paddling with the tidal schedules! They were fun, accessable, professional and very knowledgeable about the area and history! Our accomodations were fabulous, our hosts warm, accomodating, and great cooks, and our rooms beautiful and cozy! I can truly say this is one of the best vacations we have ever had! I can't wait to do another active adventure with Road Scholar. This one has "set the bar pretty high!"

Jane from Buffalo, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Kayaking the Lower Columbia River was truly an extraordinary experience from beginning to end! The adventure was fine tuned and never missed a beat. The Inn at Crippen Creek provided a wonderful home away from home and the Columbia River Kayaking guides were beyond exceptional. What a fabulous way to explore the great Northwest Territory. As always, the people enrolled in this program were a wonderful blend of fun loving, adventurers who immediately became friends. I would highly recommend this program and I am confident that you will not be disappoited.

Kathy from Schenectady, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
I would highly recommend this program to everyone I speak to. The guides Andrew, Levi and Katie were awesome. They are what made the program the best experience of my life and make me look forward to my next adventure. Don and Kitty were warm welcoming and kind. And the food they prepared was delicious. They welcomed us into their home and made us all feel more like good friends than guests at their lovely B and B.

Ginger from Colorado Spgs, CO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
History, bald eagles, banana slugs, sparkling waters, misty mornings- we had it all. Evenings filled with delicious food, fascinating programs and musical entertainment that included banjos. What a wonderful trip! I love sight seeing from a kayak feeling close (but not too close) to the water.

Linda from Kirkland, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
My experience on the lower Columbia River kayaking trip will keep me coming back to Road Scholar numerous times in the hope of recapturing the same sense of excitement, adventure, community - pure joy! Linda

Joella from Seattle, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
A fabulous, physically challenging outdoor program on the lower Columbia River, one of America's truly great wonders. An exciting surprise is that we were following some of the final river journey of Lewis & Clark as their expedition neared the Pacific Ocean. I am in good health, 70+, but not athletically fit nor a very experienced kayaker. I could keep up with the group (the oldest participant was 80+), but it was a work-out. I eagerly look forward to another opportunity.

Pat from Plymouth, MN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/31/14 - 09/05/14
Scott and I really had a wonderful,joyful experience kayaking on the Columbia River in Sept. 2014. The guides are amazing and Fun!!!! We learned a lot of the history of the area and listened to terrific local music!!!

PATSY from Green Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
I was very pleased with this kayaking trip and enjoyed the guides and all the interesting knowledge that we received about the trip. The food and places we stayed were very pleasant. I would go again.

Allen from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
A fun trip with interesting people. The guides were knowledgeable, interesting and always helpful. And the location with its scenery was perfect. I wish it had lasted several days longer. The evening programs were always interesting and relevant. I was not sure what to expect from the evening music programs, but Andrew, I really liked them and your groups were great (yes, a cello is a wonderful sound that complements banjos, guitars, mandolins, mandocello (?) and auto harps nicely).

Beverly from East Hanover, NJ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
I've been on 6-7 Road Scholar programs - and this, by far, is the best one. Our leaders were caring and knowledgeable. The lectures and entertainment after kayaking were wonderful. I highly recommend this program to anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

Bruce from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
We had a great time -- great kayaking, nature trails, history, music, food, ....the list goes on.

Stanley from East Hanover, NJ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF THIS PROGRAM!!!! Leaders were excellent, kayaking was the best. We've been on many Road Scholar programs and this was one of the best.

Karol from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 08/17/14 - 08/22/14
If you enjoy kayaking, outstanding guides with information on birds, area history, geology, rivers of the North West, learning about the area tress, insects, plants and culture of the area, this is the trip for you.

Janet from Saratoga, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/20/14 - 07/25/14
This program is well organized and executed by knowledgable leaders. We enjoyed the learning, recreation, acommodations and meals. It was a wonderful time.

Bonnie from Havertown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/06/14 - 07/11/14
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Lewis and Clark kayaking trip along the Columbia River. Our guides were exceptional, the accommodations wonderful, and our fellow travelers delightful!

Bettina from Kingston, RI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/08/14 - 06/13/14
This program stretched us physically --we were probably the oldest participants--and gave us renewed strength in our capabilities.

Donna from Sequim, WA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
Outstanding program that provides great kayaking opportunities for both new and experienced kayakers. Guides were outstanding. Also, excellent evening programs with two impressive live music programs.

Mary Ann from Anacortes, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
This program far surpassed my expectations and if possible I would turn around and repeat it tomorrow!

Al from Newport, OR Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
Outstanding Program, good balance between adventure kyack with physical exercise and impressive music programs at night with live music, enjoyable bed and breakfast locations and meals too; highly recommended for fit individuals

Glenice from Los Gatos, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/14 - 04/25/14
This is an exceptional program. It offers kayaking through magnificent scenery, history of the Lewis and Clark journey comes to life, everything you could want to know about the birds and animals of the area and evening programs of history, kayaking and fantastic live music!

Sally from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/14 - 04/25/14
I just returned from the most WONDERFUL 4 days. I am a novice kayaker and have dreamed of doing a trip along the Lewis and Clark trail. This trip was truly a lifetime experience. The Columbia River Kayaking company knows their stuff. The owners Andrew and Mark are jewels to experience. The B&b's beyond compare. To take on a new sport at the age of 74 and come away feeling like I can walk on water is so Special. Thank You Road Scholar.

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