Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Whether you are renaming an old boat or christening a new one, accomplishing the ritual properly helps ensure you receive the favor of the nautical gods and Portland Spirit is set to do just that.
On Dec. 12 the Portland Spirit renamed its “Outrageous Jet Boat” to be the “Explorer” and get her ready for the all new 2013 season. The Explorer has been outfitted with better seating, new paint, new schedule and new options.
The Explorer is a 40-foot vessel that can travel up to 45 mph. On board, there is bench seating with custom cushions, canopy top with zip-down windows for protection, restroom and captain’s narration of the sites.
There are five boats in the fleet, including the Portland Spirit, Willamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, Explorer and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, normally out of Cascade Locks.
Portland Spirit also operates two land venues; the Terrace on Thunder Island and Gorge Pavilion in Cascade Locks.
“We changed our schedule to go daily to Cascade Locks, the Heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, with trips through man-made wonders like the locks at Bonneville Dam and the Bridge of the Gods and nature’s wonders like Multnomah Falls and Beacon Rock,” says president Dan Yates.
“To better reflect the complete tour we thought ‘Explorer’ was more representative of the cruise than the original name of the vessel, ‘Outrageous.’ This year we will also offer the ability to rent a bike in Cascade Locks and ride back to Portland.”
The June-September Explorer cruises take in Portland’s skyline, the basalt cliffs of the Gorge, Beacon Rock and the Bridge of the Gods, as well as Bonneville Dam and passage through its locks in addition to the spectacular scenery as viewed by the pioneers that used this route to the West.
The stop in Cascade Locks gives visitors time to tour the Marine Park Visitors Center and purchase lunch at the Locks Waterfront Cafe.
Visit www.portlandspir-it.com for more information.
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Water Wizards Lego Robotics team gives its water conservation presentation, in costume and with props and placards, in downtown Hood River Nov. 18. The outreach is an example of the community education component carried out by all Robotics teams, of which there are dozens of them in the Gorge. Learn more at The Department of Environmental Quality graywater permit website: Oregon.gov/deq/wq/programs. Enlarge