Friday, July 24, 2009

Salmon River Trip Part 2

Back to the river....

As a reminder, if you want to see the photos on a larger scale, just click on them, they should get bigger.

Most mornings the Coffee Call came about 6:15, which didn't mean you had to get up yet if you didn't want to, but that coffee was ready for those early risers. Breakfast was ready about an hour later. After a hardy cooked breakfast, we'd pack up our personal stuff, while the crew packed up the kitchen and unit (bathroom facilities). Before heading downstream in the boats the crew would get together for a group hug! I'll have to ask Tucker what they talk about in that huddle, but it may be a trade secret!

Everyday had a stop or two to check out features along the river, like Barth Hot Springs,

Or the homestead of one of the early settlers.

I rode in Tucker's dory on two different days.

He even let me row his boat when the water was pretty calm!

But everyday brought whitewater thrills. Liz is on the left in the front of this boat.

This is Tucker getting ready to run Vinegar Rapid.

And here he is in the middle of the mayhem.

And after another fun day on the water, we'd pull into our camp, and get ready for some fun on the banks of this great river. We played some volleyball on a couple of beaches.

One afternoon we all got tattoos! Liz went for a flower,

While I chose a dragonfly.

And Tucker entertained us after dinner on a couple of occasions.

On our last night out, Dress to Impress Night, Tucker squeezed his skinny self into one of the girl-guides' dresses and was the prettiest thing on the beach! He looks like a bad boy looking for a good time!

Liz and I were so proud of him!

But alas, all good things must come to an end. I had a great time traveling with family and old friends.

And meeting and traveling with new friends made the trip very special and unique.
If this sounds like a fun vacation, I would encourage you to click here for more info about OARS, the outfitter that we traveled with this trip and many times in the past. They are the best!

So after today it will be back to minutiae of our lives. 

Hope all is well.

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