“Introduction to Adventure”—
A great new program at North Bend


I was out at North Bend State Park recently and I met with Superintendent Steve Jones and Kristi Steed, their Group Sales Coordinator.

They were telling me about a great new spring program out at the park that will provide the opportunity for people to receive instruction in two of my favorite outdoor activities - mountain biking and kayaking. Now that it's Spring (FINALLY!) and the weather is more conducive to outside pursuits, I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend of April 5th & 6th.

The program is called "Introduction to Adventure". The Mt Bike Clinic (participants need to bring their own bikes) includes three sessions each lasting 2.5 hours. Topics covered includes your bike, ride safely, basic maintenance, motor efficiency, and skill development. The Kayak program (equipment provided) includes one training session lasting 2 hours and one future free rental. Basic instruction for flat water kayaking. Topics include boats and equipment, getting started, skill development, and different points of view. Class size is limited and small groups are welcome. One of the instructors is my friend Kim Coram, who is not only a great teacher, but one of the most knowledgeable people I know with regard to outdoor recreation in our area.

The "Intro to Adventure" program will be repeated each month through the end of the summer, so if you can't make it in April, there will be another chance!

If you are interested in checking out the clinics - the registration fee is $30 per clinic (bike or kayak) or $50 for both clinics. Advanced reservations are required.

You can call the park at 304-643-2931 to make reservations.