Temira fully embodies the spirit of outdoor recreation in the Columbia River Gorge. Somehow this woman finds time to do it all. From blowing across the water with her board to biking her way to “Kill the Keg” night at the Thirsty Woman, Temira has established a norm for being active as much as possible.
In fact, Temira not only makes playing a priority for herself, she actively makes it easier for others to do it as well. Check out her website, thegorgeismygym.com and get motivated to go outside. The site includes information on the region’s most popular hiking, biking and skiing spots. Each review includes directions, hints and even a local’s recommendation for navigating through copious dining options in Hood River and Mosier.
However, despite her aptitude on a bike, her deftness on a board or her agility on tele-skiis, Temira’s repertoire of adventure sports lacked an essential Gorge activity: whitewater kayaking.
Wet Planet just couldn’t let this travesty continue.
Temira joined Susan and Andy for a beginner whitewater course, knowing that the best way to start a new sport is to go right to the professionals. (She’s probably learned the hard way that having friends teach extreme sports is not always the best idea.)
After the 3 day course, Temira just kept on going.
Tapping into her extensive network of outdoor friends, she borrowed gear and immediately hit the rivers. By the end of the summer, Temira had become a staple on the White Salmon River, frequenting Wet Planet in search of last-minute paddling partners.
I asked Temira what was it about kayaking that other sports just couldn’t provide. Here’s what she had to say about her new favorite activity:
Kayaking is the best because it’s a constant challenge and a constant learning experience. Even paddling class II water can be a huge challenge; all I have to do is look for hard moves among the easy rapids. Plus, being on a river is both peaceful and intense. I’m in the outdoors away from daily problems, but my entire attention is focused on paddling well and staying upright.
That’s right, direct from the mouth of the Gorge’s most well-rounded athlete: “Kayaking is the best.“
While Temira can be spotted anywhere in the gorge, most don’t recognize her until she starts to talk. That’s because Temira keeps the entire Gorge informed via her daily recreation forecasts. She’ll tell you about wind, rain, sun and water levels around Hood River, OR, and White Salmon, WA. Aired throughout the day on local radio stations and through Meadow’s Snow Phone during the winter, Temira will tell you what the day’ weather is going to look like for multiple activities and even remind you of fun stuff going on. Just another way for her to get more people out and active.
Keep an eye out for this awesome chick while exploring the Gorge, chances are no matter what you are doing, you’ll see her.