Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Two Thumbs Up
Josh and spent quite a bit of time using bow saws, loppers and hand clippers making a much better pathway for from the parking area to the river bank. Just as we got on the water about 11 am a bald eagle flew very low right over our heads. We both knew that was a great omen for our day. We started downstream about 11:15. It was a real "adventure" type of day. We had 5 portages. One was actually a "line job" and wasn't all that difficult. Two of the portages were a lot of work. One was a big load of work and involved tandem-towing the canoe maybe 300 yards across a dry wash alluvial fan.
I'd forgotten there is an actual Class 2+ rapid in this stretch. We were lucky to run it and remain upright and dry. The trip was considerably longer than I had thought it would be. I was thinking it was in the 5-6 miles distance but it turned out to be over 9 miles. I told Josh we would be to the take out no later than 3 pm and almost made it on time--arriving at 3:15. All-in-all, we both agreed it was a "two thumbs up" kinda day. Thanks to Suzi's Shuttle Service prompt and professional service, we were able to pack up in a hurry and got Josh back to his car a few minutes earlier than promised at 4 pm.
Then Susun and I skee-daddled back to the 2nd Chance Ranch and had to hustle just to get a campfire up and running before sunset. Gary came over and we three enjoyed a fine Monday evening until the last embers died down in the dark. Susun fixed a fine dinner of what we call "kyoto bowls" and we went to sleep pretty late. 'Twas a LOONG day! THANKS, Josh, you did an awesome job Monday! THANKS, Susun. Without Susun's cheerful and happy shuttles, what we're doing on the river would be impossible.
PS--The photo was captured at the take out at Newton Lane. That's a small redneck diversion dam in the background. (No, it doesn't divert rednecks--it was BUILT by rednecks.)
Posted by Johnny Montezuma at 7:36 AM