Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Salmon River Trip

From August 25 through September 1, I was rafting on the Salmon River. This trip is 7 or 8 days of floating through a Wild and Scenic section of the river. Most days we traveled about 10-12 miles with one lay over day. I am happy to report there were no fires on this trip, nor did anyone flip, nor did we see any rattlesnakes.

Here is our group at our launch. We had 5 rafts and one hard-shell kayak.

 
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There are some pretty exciting rapids in this section, and a photo like this illustrates why it's called "white water rafting."

 
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One could reasonably expect a trip at the end of August to be really hot. And in fact the day we traveled across Oregon and Idaho, it was over 100 degrees. But into the second day of the trip the temperature dropped and we were pretty cold. The splashing through the rapids was just too chilly to enjoy. Thank goodness for these army surplus ponchos!

 
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Our time off the river was a mixture of socializing, relaxing, hiking, and cooking meals.

 
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I think this photo explains it all when I'm asked why I like to raft. Can you imagine a more beautiful piece of scenery?

 
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Here is a photo of our little nomadic/suburban life on the river. This was taken at one of our last campsites.

 
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On Labor Day, we pulled out of the river, packed all the rafts and gear back on our trailer and headed back to civilization, no worse for the wear.

 
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1 comment:

Ruth Armitage said...

Hi Margaret!
I love rafting/kayaking on the Salmon! My son is a river guide in the summer months there for a group called Orange Topedo Tours. They do inflatable kayak tours :) The guides pack everything except your clothes & sleeping bags. It is a pretty fun/luxurious way to do it. Sounds like a big job to pack everything yourself... but fun!