Seeing the Columbia River from a different angle

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 3:00 PM

I drive over the Columbia River on a regular basis and at this point it has simply become part of the scenery.
No longer do I see it as a majestic river that created the pacific northwest as we know it.
This changed after taking a trip with Columbia River Power Rafting.
The business, which offers rafting, fishing, site-seeing and day charter tours, brings the Columbia River alive through a totally different angle.
“I don’t think one-tenth of a per cent of Trail has been down the river like this,” Power Rafting owner Gary Crombie said.
After arriving at the Gyro boat launch our tour group was driven...

Touring Redstone and the nifty new nine

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 3:00 PM

I recently had the pleasure of touring Redstone Resort, including the newest nine holes with owners Cary Fisher and Robert Felsch.
From start to finish it was easy to see they have a real passion for the resort and all it entails, including the housing development.
I was amazed at how mature many of the holes have become in such a short time.
Beginning on number 10, this long par 4 offers five tee boxes. Three of them require a drive over the creek, while the other two start you on the other side of the creek. Some of the side hill has been taken out, creating a flat landing area for your drive. Between the tee boxes is an old log building that was a stopover cabin for travellers on the Dewdney Trail.
The trail runs through the course to Gopher Creek and you’ll see it again on some of the later holes. The plan is to incorporate the Trail’s history into the development. Soon, you will see a structure erected over the building to protect it from the elements and re-define the path as it makes its way through the course.
The cart paths are all tilted to aid the quick removal of excess water and double seeding has controlled erosion.
At the par 5 Number 11, which is a 620-yard for some, you’ll find five tee boxes. It all looks quite daunting from the championship tees, but is very different story from the forward boxes. The narrow appearance is deceiving as the fairway is quite wide. This hole has recently been seeded.
The par 3 12th hole was the last to be seeded last fall. It’s in remarkable shape and I felt...

Hutch: Hiking paw prints on my heart

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 3:00 PM

Walking with my favourite hiking partner, Hutch, we decided this week to head up the Trail Society’s marked hiking path towards an old farmhouse foundation just up from Gorge Creek road.

Living to learn and to generate smiles, my eager, handsome new personal trainer is a loyal member of Pat and Sue Vlanich’s household, my good friends from Sunningdale. They appreciate it when I pick Hutch up for another day of hiking and exercise.

Today we’re heading up a clearly etched trail that can be seen when crossing the new or old bridge in East Trail.

This easy trail, or old roadbed, crosses through a clear green patch of grassy meadows heading south towards Casino road above Columbia Heights, and it is probably one of the easiest hiking trails in the area.

Hutch is never too far ahead, checking out the trail that leads to what, I have since learned, is the old Elders farm. When I finally catch up, this well-balanced Golden Retriever is gazing out across the Columbia Valley.

I capture yet another...

Would too tight? Try Champion Lakes

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 3:00 PM

Few people would disagree that in today’s society, daily life can be complex, busy and stressful at times. Stress is a very real phenomenon. Depending on how you choose to begin or end your day you can greatly reduce the stress you feel, regardless of what the circumstances may be.

Taking time for yourself is possibly the most beneficially relaxing thing that should be on your to-do list.

We all need down-time and hiking or walking in the outdoors can be a fun way to create a healthy balance in your life and help you cope with stress.

This past week, after sitting at my desk for hours designing and developing content management systems for clients, I decided it was time to get out and hike.

So, I made some time and took the easy drive from Sunningdale, through Beaver Valley to the Champion Lakes Provincial Park to walk the trails connecting the three lakes.

These beautiful mountain lakes are surrounded by lush, green vegetation and moist interior cedar-hemlock, alpine fir and yellow pine. They form the headwaters of Landis Creek, which flows northward to join Champion Creek, a tributary of the Columbia River.

If you have never been to the Champion Lakes area, diversity is the word that...

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