Renew yourself, rediscover the Gorge

We just need to connect, again, with our deeper truths. To touch the earth, to see wide vistas, to breathe in air more full of the scent of moss and licorice ferns than the smell of creosote, of automobile exhaust; to hear the water rushing over the hundreds of falls flowing through the Columbia River Gorge, to see (perhaps) an eagle, a migrating swan, herons and egrets and flickers.

In this day following the election — Wednesday, November 7 — whatever happens, we need renewal.

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We are launching an experience that could be defined as a tour — or could be defined as a spiritual encounter, a health tonic, a half-day retreat. This special post-election day tour will include a walk on a labyrinth in one of the most stunning landscapes you can reach within a 30 minute drive from a city; anywhere in the world. It will include what we call breath-of-waterfall, a chance to inhale the spirit-lifting impacts of the charged particles of water unique to these geologic features. You will touch basalt walls that are over 15 million years old; you will taste, if you like, the stems of winter ferns.

We’ll do a classic Shinrin-yoku walk in the woods, we’ll ground ourselves properly, and we’ll do some breathing exercises to remind us how alive we are. It’s only $25, for November 7, because we all need it so, so much.

Book here or call at 503-889-6410. We’ll pick you up or meet us at Fly Awake Tea at 2 p.m.

Now, exhale.

Food cart craze!

sarah gilbert food cart bike tour in Portland Oregon We’re so happy to introduce our Food Carts by Bike tour! It’s been a really long time coming — Sarah wrote the story of food carts many years ago while guiding at another bike tour company, and even before that a whole decade ago when the food cart craze began, writing about food, farms and food culture for local and national blogs. The tour gets its transformation now as Portland’s food cart pods grow and change with the economy and the food culture of Portland — an ever-evolving culture, community and economy.

This perfect 8- to 12-mile bike tour will guide you on a culinary experience through some of our favorites, sampling everything from farm-to-table delights to snacks appropriate to late-night cravings. We’ll meet you in the thriving SE industrial district, at our location near the real deal: the very first food cart pod. Here you’ll be fitted for a bike and helmet, and we’ll head on a neighborhood ride to three of our favorite food cart pods, as we unfold the fascinating (and only told by us!) tale of how Portland came to be the epicenter of the food cart craze. Sample food at each pod, with an option for beer or dessert, and some stops that tell a bit more to the food cart story. The tour starts at 10 a.m. and runs daily starting July 25!

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Cordilleran Tours

Cordilleran Tours provides immersive, responsive, and instructive hiking, bicycling and vehicle tours meant to delight, educate and change its guests. Historical, sight-seeing, hiking, food, wine, spiritual, magical and sensual tours are meant to meet the needs of the visitors to Portland who have told our company founders, all experienced tour guides: “I want a tour like that!”; each designed as transformative experiences. Tours are designed to act like story plot, TED talk, and spiritual quest, connecting guests more deeply to the subject matter and the stories behind the usual stories of a place.

Cordilleran Tours delves more deeply — beyond the stories of the victors and despoilers — to find all the stories that make up a city, region, natural wonder or cultural feature, highlighting stories of the indigenous people and species, immigrants, laborers, makers, artists, dreamers and the land itself.

Reach us at 503-889-6410 or info@cordillerantours.com.