White Water Rafting on the Deschutes River: Iconic Oregon Adventures Fueled by Naked Juice

Outside of Maupin, Oregon. 

Outside of Maupin, Oregon. 

There is a time and place for a little rest and relaxation. Summer in Oregon isn't one of them. There are so many adventures to be had across the state that you have to just get up and go. Oregon's mild temperatures make for lush summers that are the best around.

The diversity of explorations in Oregon is astounding. One weekend you may find yourself on a sky-high hike overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, and the next you may find yourself playing in the waves at Canon Beach. The opportunities are endless. 

Naked Juice recently contacted me to collaborate and tell the story of their new juices hitting the shelves this year. I genuinely love these juices and am so excited to share this new collaboration with you. Inspired by Naked Juice's deep tradition of goodness, over the next few months I'll be showing off the best-of-the-best, iconic adventures and the tasty juices fueling me on this tour de Oregon. Up first... 

 

White Water Rafting on the Deschutes River

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Ready for an adventure, a few friends and I took off after work on a Friday evening for Maupin, Oregon. A small, high desert town of around 425 locals, Maupin is known for its outdoors activities, specifically its excellent white water rafting on the Deschutes. We set up camp for the night at a spot just off the river appropriately named "The Oasis." 

Oregon's high desert is one of my favorite areas of the state. The air is fresh, the weather is almost always perfect (albeit very hot or frigid cold at times), and the setting is unbelievably gorgeous. 

The next morning I reached for my Berry Almond Nutmilk in the cooler. The deliciously smooth blend of fruits, nuts and (11g) of plant protein. As it turns out, Berry Almond Nutmilk is not only a good source of vitamin E and magnesium but also gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and contains no added sugar. Perfect for an early, active morning and the rafting on the river to come.

Action shot courtesy of High Desert River Outfitters

Action shot courtesy of High Desert River Outfitters

Later that afternoon on the Deschutes, we strapped on our lifejackets and set out paddling. It ended up being 102 degrees in Maupin that day. Needless to say, we spent about an equal amount of time in the raft and splashing around in the river. We had a blast with High Desert River Outfitters. If you haven't been white water rafting on the Deschutes yet, put it on this summer's bucket list.

ADVENTURE ON, 

CHLOE

 

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Disclaimer: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with samples to review and a sponsorship to share a few amazing adventures with you, dear readers. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome. Naked Juice Berry Almond Nutmilk hits the shelves this July. 

Cotopaxi Questival: The 24-Hour Scavenger Hunt Across Oregon

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WE CAME. WE SAW. WE QUESTED.

In the case that you caught a glimpse of the craziness that was Cotopaxi Questival on Instagram this past weekend, my brother and I completed our Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt. As a team, we raced all over the great state of Oregon; we hunted out iconic landmarks such as the State Capital Building, mapped the backroads outside of Salem to find one of Oregon's few ghost towns, completed quirky challenges such as reenacting the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp with our dog, or tested our athletic abilities by kicking a field goal with our left foot. It was a wild 24-hours and when it was all said and done we ended up placing 5th out of 110 teams. We are pretty excited to place so well after only being a team of two! 

The Questival was a blast. If there is race coming to your city, I would highly recommend joining in on the fun! We met so many fun, silly, and adventurous people at the kick-off festival and en route, as well as discovered all sorts of new spots across Oregon. Winners at each of the 19 Questival city challenges will go on to compete for the Cotopaxi Questival World Championship between Belize and Panama. And how awesome is that? 

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GEAR FOR GOOD

By this point with The Paper Airplane, you all know how much I love supporting organizations that give back to the community. Cotopaxi Gear for Good is an outdoor gear company with a mission to eradicate poverty. So, not only is the gear on point style-wise, you can feel good about supporting developing communities across the world. I like to call that a win-win. 

Adventure On, 

Chloe

 

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Adventure: Not Just a Walk in the Woods at Indian Point in the Columbia River Gorge

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Described to me as "Angel's Rest and Eagle Creek's ugly sister..."

The Indian Point hike loops over 7.6 miles via the Herman Creek Trail. Sure, there aren't the sweeping Columbia River Gorge views as you hike the heavily wooded trail, but it's a fine day hike nevertheless. 

The freezing fog and bitter cold set in around mile four. Unfortunately, this meant that we couldn't catch the view of the Gorge at Indian Point. What was supposed to be a moderate hike quickly turned into a tough one due to the weather, and it was a strong reminder of why it's always good to be prepared. In the summer, I'd imagine that Indian Point is a completely different hike. The trail is moderately difficult and you'll certainly feel accomplished by the end of it. 

During our last two miles, the sun came shining through the trees for a vastly different hike. 

Given the beautiful forests and scenery a plenty in the Pacific Northwest, there are few "ugly" hikes in Oregon and Indian Point certainly isn't one of them. There are prettier and more popular trails in the Gorge but if you're looking for a challenge that tacks on a bit of mileage, then Indian Point via the Herman Creek Trailhead is a good option.  

Into the freezing fog... 

Into the freezing fog... 

...And then into the sun.

...And then into the sun.

 

If you go: 
Indian Point Trail via the Herman Creek Trailhead
Columbia River Gorge
Oregon