Escapes: Paddle in Oregon by starlightEscapes: Moonlight canoe cruises on Oregon's Cascade Lakes

06/16/2013 12:00 AM

06/15/2013 6:38 PM


Moonlight, starlight canoe tours

Here's something to do if you find yourself in central Oregon this week: Dip a paddle into dark waters and drift under stars. Wanderlust Tours is hosting a series of moonlight canoe tours Thursday through June 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight on the Cascade Lakes.

The experience includes transportation from Bend, canoe equipment, instruction, guides and light snacks. Children age 8 and older are welcome. Cost is $65 per person.

For information or reservations, visit Wanderlust's office at 61535 S. Highway 97, Suite 13, Bend, Ore. Call (541) 389-8359 or (800) 962-2862, or go to


Land and lake tours

What: Hitch a ride in a Duck, an amphibious landing craft used in World War II. The versatile vehicle will takes visitors on a tour around and on Bass Lake in Madera County. The 90-minute tours showcase the history of Bass Lake and touch on the natural history of the area.

When: Tours operate each day and run through Oct. 31.

Where: 54250 North Shore Drive, Bass Lake

Cost: $25 general, $17 children 2-11 years old

Information: (559) 683-3825 or


Five-day cycling trip

What: Cycle the Sierra takes riders on a 300-mile loop through stunning mountain and foothill scenery including the Lake Tahoe area and the Gold Country. Road cyclists on the fully supported journey pedal roughly 60 miles each day and camp at night. Camp includes food, live music, a beer and wine garden, massage therapists and access to bike mechanics.

When: Saturday through June 26

Where: Trip begins and ends in Nevada City

Cost: $885

Information: Visit


Music Festival

What: The Mendocino Music Festival features more than 30 performances including orchestra, big band, chamber, jazz, world music and blues. The festival, set along the scenic coastline, also offers workshops and culinary events.

When: July 13-27

Where: Various locations in Mendocino and Fort Bragg.

Cost:Usually $15-$50 for individual shows.

Information: Visit or call (707) 937-4041.


J-Pop Summit Festival

What: The Japanese Pop festival returns for a fifth year to San Francisco's Japantown district. The weekend event celebrates Japanese pop culture, music, art, anime and fashion. Japanese artist Katsuya Terada is scheduled to make a special appearance.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 27-28

Where: Japantown, San Francisco

Cost: Free


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