Getting in/out of vans. Paddle 6-7 miles.
8:00 a.m. at Skamokawa Resort. Each day, we will have pack lunches provided and take them with us on our field trips
At 8:45 we will meet at the kayak shop, enter vans, and ride to the kayak put-in for our first field trip. 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 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.
We will eat our pack lunches on 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.
After lunch our tide will have turned to aid our return to our put-in. After returning to Skamokawa, the Group Leaders will give us a demonstration of all the commonly used kayak rolls and rescues. Everyone will then have an opportunity for those who want to try learning these skills to don a wetsuit and practice.
At Skamokawa Resort.
We will be joined by historian Irene Martin, who won the 2000 Governor’s Heritage Award for her work documenting the cultures of the Lower Columbia. The 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 will make for a fascinating presentation.