When the doldrums hit The Columbia River Gorge, wind enthusiasts beat the heat anyway they can. An evening paddle up the shaded Klickitat with great food, cold beer, and fun people is the perfect solution. Chinook’s line of inflatable paddleboards is the clear means of transport.
They call it, “The Dinner Cruise”
That’s how Dan Van Hoose of Chinook Sailing Products describes a recent on the water adventure with his friends. When the wind lays down on the Columbia Gorge and the usual windsurf crew can’t get their stoke on by beating into the wind, they turn to calmer waters and flatwater paddling on Chinook’s inflatable standup paddle boards as a way to beat the heat and enjoy time with one another.
Up the River
Paddling together up the Klickitat River off the Columbia River to it’s highest point before hitting the rapids is a favorite sup spot for Dan and his friends to relax. This spot includes a vista of stunning rock walls, a huge rope swing, wildlife on the banks, and massive salmon swimming in the water below. It is a rare treat for everyone, removed from computers and cell phones to just relax and enjoy time spent in nature together.
Lose the Tech, Reconnect in the Moment
We all know that life speeds up due to technology, greater work demands and general living, but out on the water, time slows down or becomes less of a critical factor. Changing up our rhythms in life help us all to remember to take time for ourselves, do what we love and enjoy the moment.
Arrival isn’t just a point on the map. It’s the moment in time where you recognize you’re where you want to be, with the people you enjoy most, sharing a positive experience together. Good friends and good times make for special memories. Thanks Dan, for reminding us all of what truly matters and living the lifestyle of Chinook in it’s most realistic sense.