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Have you ever planned an outing that turned into a truly extraordinary event?  Ken and I had the pleasure of going on a jet boat tour with Hells Canyon Adventures on their full day Kirkwood Tour yesterday.  Talk about the perfect day!  We arrived early so were able to hang out and shmooze with ‘Captain’ Butch and Joe, his right hand.  Butch made the rapids look easy to navigate (HAH!) and, with 18 years’ experience, can read the river in all her moods.  He is also knowledgeable about the geology, geography, settlers, wildlife – in short, not only was the trip a heck of a thrill ride, it was also educational and interesting!  Stopped for lunch at the historical Kirkwood Ranch (it’s on the National Historical Register) and wandered through the museum, around the grounds, and took lots of pictures.  And the rapids themselves (some are Class IV!) – holy CATS – scary and wonderful and I’d do it all over again tomorrow!

Seriously – if you’re looking for something that’s different and exciting, I highly recommend Hells Canyon Adventures. I think getting a bunch of people together and chartering one of their boats would be SO much fun and something you’d never forget.  Next time Ken wants to try rafting (yikes!) but we will definitely be going back.  I can’t wait!

 (Did I mention we got to see a fisherman bring in a STURGEON!?!???  Coolest thing ever; they are the weirdest combination of SO ugly and yet, strangely, so beautiful – I’d never seen one that close before!)

Check out this great article written by the Cameron Clan. They also have some fantastic photos of their rafting trip. http://www.digitalgraphics.biz/Cameron_Clan/Travel/2009_Oregon/Index_Oregon_2009.html

We have had big water and crazy weather this whole month. Check out our photos on Flickr. Two of our crew members spent Sunday kayaking in inflatable kayaks through Wild Sheep and Granite rapids. The water flow was 30,000 cfs.

If you don’t have plans for the 4th of July head to Halfway, Oregon. 4th of July activites will start at 4:30 PM at the Fairgrounds. Children activities, music, food and drinks will be available. All proceeds purchased at the Hells Canyon Chamber of Commerce food booth will go to the fireworks fund for this year and 2010. Don’t Miss the FUN!

A lot of activities are occuring in Halfway, Oregon this weekend. The Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday. There will be a parade at 11:00 AM on Saturday. The Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally starts today in Baker City, Oregon. Many motorcycle participants will venture out to Halfway and Hells Canyon on Saturday and Sunday. Also, the Hells Canyon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Fireworks Fundraiser on Saturday in Halfway from 10:00-2:00 PM. There will be great food, entertainment, and even a pie auction. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the FUN in Halfway, Oregon!

TREAT your dad to a relaxing yet awe-inspiring day in Hells Canyon. This family bonding experience will take you through attention-grabbing white water and the deepest part of Hells Canyon. Munchies and drinks included. Adults $65 and kids 11 & under $45. Check out our website: http://www.hellscanyonadventures.com.

Give your dad the day off. TREAT him to a relaxing yet awe-inspiring day in Hells Canyon. This family bonding experience will take you through attention-grabbing white water and the deepest part of Hells Canyon. Munchies and drinks included.

Adults $65 and Kids 11 & under $45

Depart 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

You must purchase a minimum of two seats in order for Dad to ride FREE.