Chick Trip in Utah

May 26th, 2006

Girls just wanna have fun…Mags, Laura, and Sarah go for a 3 day backpacking trip in Fish and Owl Canyon near Cedar Mesa, UT. While the mid-day heat was tough, thoughts of Navajo tacos in Mexican Hat kept us going! Thanks Laura and Sarah for the flaura/fauna lesson…watch out for fins they’re tough to climb and goats beard is evil.

Mount Rainier

May 10th, 2006

We met up with Mag’s cousin, Peter, in Seattle. After a great dinner, he led us up from Paradise Lodge on Mount Rainier for some epic views of the glaciers and Mount Adams to the south. Here’s Scuba’s scouting his line from the summit for next weekend.

The “Chee” in Leavenworth, WA

May 9th, 2006

We made it up to Leavenworth with some rough directions to Rodeo Hole on the Wenatchee River. “So you’ll look for a small road across the river from the main road. There will be some houses nearby. And that’ll get you down to Rodeo Hole.” So after getting lost in an apple orchard, we turned around and met Brian and Shelby, just loading a playboat in the driveway and on there way for the daily run. These semi-converted raft guides were a lot of fun, and very generous hosts. Despite nearly loosing our creekers to would-be theives along the roadside, these guys offered a great introduction to Leavenworth whitewater.

Hood River, OR and Husum, WA

May 6th, 2006

We met up with Tracy and Bob to explore her stomping grounds around Hood River. Had a great paddle on the White Salmon, Farmlands section. And a beautiful run down Trout Creek into the Wind River. A relaxed bald eagle perched above the water and watched us float along the water. Also saw merganzers and a harlequin duck!

Portland, Oregon

May 4th, 2006

Thanks so much to Lauren and Brian for hosting us while I reorganized myself for a few informational interviews with Portland architects. Mags got out to paddle the Calakamas, McKenzie, and White Salmon rivers. Brian gave us a fun lesson in welding, and fired out a much needed tray extension for the tailgate, to provide extra counter space around the kitchen stove.

Opal Creek & Gorge

April 30th, 2006

On Sunday, we followed up with paddlers from yesterday, Bob, Tracy, Alex and EJ to paddle the reknowned Opal Creek through a patch of old growth forest. Crystal clear blue water and GORGEous scenery!

And now, introducing Captain Danimal…complete with superhero-esque spray skirt/cape and unitard (aka ‘tard’) with his trusty sidekick Cable Boy … coilin’ and lockin’ it up on the
back deck. That’s Mags dropping one of the falls, photo by Alex.

And we gotta give a shout out to EJ for guiding us down the lower gorge … “OK, so your gonna start right and work your way left to avoid this nasty rock where I hit my shoulder last time.”  No problem, bonk.

Crooked River

April 29th, 2006

Back in the civilized world, we met Dan and Bob Lee, wildlife biologist extraordinaire, to paddle the Crooked River, east of Bend, Oregon. Yeah 16 people river trips! Nice to meet Meggi, Margi, Grace, Alexandra, Tracy, Steve, Collin, EJ, Bob, ?,?,? Oh the waves on the Crooked, they sure whapped my doodle up reaaal good.
One of the dirtier rivers we’d seen in a while, this canyon leads through the desert, than around Smith Rock climbing mecca. Strollers and climbers abound, but the highlight of the trip are several exciting named rapids like No. 1, No. 2, Whap-De-Doodle and No Name, with stretches of continuous un-named Class 4 boogie water in between.

With Bob’s help, we identified lots of wildlife, including a great horned owl, red-tail hawk, cliff swallows, canadian geese (honking escort became overwhelming, until the first rapid) and a gardner snake impersonating a rattler in Dan’s kayak! The trip ends deep in a fantastic columnar basalt gorge, with a 2 mile hike out to the car. River photos by Alex.

Illinois River

April 26th, 2006

After warming up to Oregon boating with Dan, we left him to go back to work and arranged a shuttle for a three day 34 mile float down the Illinois River in southwestern Oregon.

While looking for the free permit station at the Selma Market, we ran into an interesting guy in a dark corner of the Selma Quick Mart, “Permits!?! You need a permit for that run? What the hell do you need a permit for? The gov’t can’t do its job spending enough taxes as it is. So you need a permit? What if you told your boss you couldn’t do your job and you needed more money. What would he say, ‘Fuck you!’ and that would be that. God damn permits!”

Once on the water, our theme songs for the trip became “everybody’s workin’ for the weekend” and “come on, feel the Illinoise” while we enjoyed epic mid-week solitude in a scenic remote wilderness.

Wildlife abounded with sightings of the geese, salamanders, land lizzards, circling turkey vultures, bats and a crazed goat-boy. Water was excellent, weather was even better. Note there’s a great (big) surf hole on river right above Pine Flats camp site. A lucky rainbow draws you in from the eddy along the mossy rock. Go ahead, probe that hole with a fully loaded stern, Scuba dares you.

Mags recalls the many fluffy rapids with the, oh what was it called, the big green monster, mile, oh yeah, green wall, whatever, a river wide hole. Oh and Scuba and Mags surfed some big ‘ens on that trip.

Hello Oregon!

April 24th, 2006

Great to meet up with our local guides from Eugene, Dan and Jackaruba, who led us down the Miracle Mile section of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. 250 feet of verticle boulder garden delight in a one mile of river. Good for two laps and a great introduction to the Oregon rivers.

Thanks, Dirty Dan.

North Fork, Smith River

April 22nd, 2006

Clear water, hungry pitcher plants, and fire-damaged forest slopes define this great, remote, fast stretch of whitewater, closing out this chapter of California whitewater.

We strongly recommend driving the 21 mile dirt road shuttle while listening to Euromotion. Otherwise you might miss the time window and get to the put-in before midnight.

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