Summertime in the City

24 07 2014

What better way to enjoy the new Washington Jefferson Skate Park than to sign up for Skate Camp with the River House??  Learn the basics with us, or perfect your skills at camp, and take those talents with you through the summer.  What a way to enjoy a great venue all year round! We’ve got 2 camps that still have *limited* spaces available–Skate Oregon and Skate Camp for Girls. Want a sneak peek at what these might look like? Check out our video! Then, sign up here: www.eugene-or.gov/recenroll.

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A View From Above

10 07 2014

You know the feeling you got as a kid after monkey-ing your way up a tree, right?  And then, just as fun, you got to hang out with your friends or your sister on a limb.  Tree Climbing camp at River House speaks to those kids who’s first thing when they get to a park is to head to a tree.  You turn your head for 2 minutes and they’re yelling down at you, “Hey, look up!” Our staff have extensive technical experience and training to take your kids in the types of trees their climbing dreams are made of. :) Wondering what exactly a week of Tree Climbing camp might look like? Let us help you–check out our website for the camp description here, and watch this short video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keAxDikwBLs

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Sailing–The Perfect Way to Spend Your Summer

6 07 2014

Life lessons abound as your middle schooler or teenager learns how to sail: teamwork, cause and effect (read: choice and consequence), and learning to read your environment are only a few.  Of course, there are technical skills, too.  But your child won’t be thinking about any of that; they’ll be busy having fun and making friends! We hope you watch this short and sweet video together of our Sailing Camps, and decide for yourself.  Here’s the link to enroll–https://ceapps.eugene-or.gov/econnect/Start/Start.asp.  Go to “Register for Programs,” and click on “Camps” on the left hand side. There’s no better weather to learn how to sail!

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Tree Climbing: A Photojournal

6 06 2014

I’m just going to let the photos speak for themselves. Last weekend I found myself climbing old-growth in the Fall Creek area with a great group of people and beautiful weather. There’s nothing like watching the forest from above, discovering trees growing out of branches 100 feet high, cheering young ones on as they pull themselves up through the canopy, and letting my imagination soar as I wonder what critters might be living in a broken top.

While the experts set anchors and tie fancy knots with cool names (ok, ok, they also play a vitally important role in climbing!), an equally important project is happening on the ground: fort building. Photo Credit: Cedar Sparrow

While the experts set anchors and tie fancy knots with cool names (ok, ok, they also play a vitally important role in climbing!), an equally important project is happening on the ground: fort building.
Photo Credit: Cedar Sparrow

 

preparing to climb

Locked and loaded: preparing to ascend. Our goal is upwards of 170 feet, near our anchor point.

 

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Brendan starts his day off with some arboreal yoga. Maybe we should start offering classes at River House!

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Peeking through the web of branches at the top, Erik and David prepare for the descent.

 

Enjoying the view from 150 feet up in a tree.

Enjoying the view from 150 feet up in a tree.

 

Brendan and Cedar make it to the top complete with rosy cheeks, words of encouragement, and really silly-looking bug glasses.

Brendan and Cedar make it to the top complete with rosy cheeks, words of encouragement, and really silly-looking bug glasses.

 

Watching the decent_shadows fall

Looking down from above as they disappear back into the forest and shadows fall.

 

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A New Look at the Springfield/Eugene Bike Paths

6 05 2014

Hello and Happy Bike Month! River House staff celebrate in a variety of ways–by teaching Bike Safety Education classes in the 4J school district, by biking to and from work, and by playing on bicycles in our free time as much as possible. We have folks who eat, sleep, and dream all things Bike Polo, friends who spend their weekends at Cyclocross races, and coworkers who tour the state, country, and the globe by bicycle.

We aren’t the only ones who love bikes, though, and I wanted to find out how others show their love of traveling on 2 wheels.  Meet Dan O’Donnell. Dan has been a bike commuter for 37 years, and has been an artist all his life (whether he admits it or not).  He spends much of his free time on the bike paths in town journaling, writing songs, and making art.  He kindly showed me these 7 beautiful renditions of different views from the bike paths and rides in the Eugene/Springfield area, and I couldn’t stop talking about them for days.  If you follow the yellow road on some of them, he’ll take you on a lovely ride through the area–much of it on our paths, some of it on low-traffic roads. You’ll cross the Willamette, parallel the McKenzie, ride through Dorris Ranch, and see views of Mount Pisgah (to name a few highlights).

Dan combines his love of the outdoors with art on a regular basis. He loves “to get wild” with primary colors and pastels.  He’ll go out on a hike one day, and the spend the next day mapping it out. While out on an adventure, his brain is constantly working to memorize details about the area. He especially loves to draw details in architectural structures like the bike bridges and Matt Court. When asked what he hopes people get from his work, he simply says, “A bike ride.”

Thanks Dan, for sharing your art with our community. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

Michelle Brown

 

Maurie Jacobs Park (off River Road) to Dorris Ranch (Springfield)

Maurie Jacobs Park (off River Road) to Dorris Ranch (Springfield)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to Crescent Road (North Eugene)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to Crescent Road (North Eugene)

Crescent Road to McKenzie View Drive

Crescent Road to McKenzie View Drive

Clearwater Park to North Bank Bike Path (through Glenwood)

Clearwater Park to North Bank Bike Path (through Glenwood)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to North Bank Bike Path (E. Springfield)

Dorris Ranch (Springfield) to North Bank Bike Path (E. Springfield)

View of Knickerbocker Bridge, Mt. Pisgah and Moon Mtn.

View of Knickerbocker Bridge, Mt. Pisgah and Moon Mtn.

View of Hendricks Park from North Bank Bike Path

View of Hendricks Park from North Bank Bike Path

 

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Come Sail the San Juan Islands with Us

11 04 2014

When I say “San Juan Islands,” you think: ___________________

Let me guess–did you think about one of the following?

  • whales
  • sunshine
  • the color blue
  • seemingly unreal sunsets
  • sailing
  • a combination of the above

This place is within a day’s drive, and it’s the stuff that fills our dreams.  Seriously, every time I ask how someone’s trip to the San Juan’s went, they have this far-away look in their eyes, like they went on the most exotic vacation of their lives.  And whales are mentioned EVERY time.

Have you taken advantage of the islands’ proximity to Eugene? No? How do you go about enjoying the best the islands have to offer all in one trip? We’ll tell you how–come sail them with us! We’re going on a week-long sailing adventure, and hitting five islands along the way. sailsanjuan

You can read all about the details on the attached document, but here are main points to keep in mind:

  • You must register by May 1st
  • The trip is September 19th-26th
  • Pre-trip meeting on April 29th, from 6-7:30 at the River House
  • You do not need sailing experience, but must commit to contributing to the sail crew in a variety of ways
  • Optional American Sailing Association certification available

Any questions? Contact the River House staff by calling, stopping by, or commenting on our Facebook page!

San Juan Sailing Adventure

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Winter Olympics Aren’t Over Yet–it’s Paralympics time

14 03 2014

Marek Kubiacka of Slovakia with his guide Natalia Karpisova after finishing in the Men’s Super G Visually Impaired during day two of the 2014 Winter Paralympics, on March 9, 2014.

Have you ever watched sled hockey? How about downhill skiing for the visually impaired? Or maybe wheelchair curling?

Regardless of your feelings surrounding the political tension happening in Russia and Ukraine, it’s hard not to look at the Paralympics and be in complete awe of the athletes. Head on over to the website to check out live streaming of the events. My favorite this year is watching downhill skiing for visually impaired athletes. What about you?

http://www.teamusa.org/Paralympic-Winter-Games-Live-Stream-Schedule

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