a year ago
The Columbia River Kayak hosts Kyleen Austin and Andrew Emlen made this kayaking adventure one that we will forever remember and hold close in our hearts. They were warm and inviting, professional and safety conscious, shared information enthusiastically, inclusive and attentive to everyone and incredibly knowledgeable. While kayaking on the mighty Columbia, its tributaries and sloughs, they shared the regions and peoples history and stories. They helped spot and record all the species of birds that were spotted while we were kayaking for the birding enthusiasts. They were literal experts and fountains of knowledge on the tides, the culture, the peoples, the fishing industry, wildlife and their identification, plant and marine life, and every aspect of Lewis and Clark history. The local historian expert who shared Skamokawa and its peoples and fishing history was fascinating to hear from and visit with. Musical performances by the band guides Andrew and Kyleen were a part of were full of songs written by them focusing on the region and Columbia River and the music and the performances were incredible. They performed with joy and the band was as tight and perfect in performance as any you'll see anywhere. Anyone who loves kayaking, learning, Lewis & Clark history, enjoys music, and wants to learn about a unique Chinook people's culture and have a Columbia River experiential delight will want to consider this program.