Monday, March 24, 2008

Serene Float on the Lower Sac.

We did a nine mile float from Jelly's Ferry to Bend Bridge. This stretch of the river is relatively quiet compared to further north, only because the fishing isn't as good. But it is much, much more scenic. Hopefully, the fishing will stay slow down here so that the crowds stay away as well.

Our ride.

Our captain. (It's only March and the farmer tan is going strong.)

Our stowaway.

Mount Lassen in the distance.

One of my new favorite trees -- the gigantic black oak at the mouth of Inks Creek.

From another angle. There are thousands of oaks in the Central Valley--this is surely one of the most impressive.

We camped at Massacre Flat. It is not normally this green.

Hangin out.

Behind camp was a great oak woodland.

And above camp a great butte with views up and downstream. Upstream...


Across stream.

The whole panorama. With Tuscan Buttes in the distance.

More oaks.


Rocks and flowers.

Perfect weekend.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Coming home from the river...

I saw these guys.

PS First day of 2008 on the South Fork American--and it was a good one.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

------------Grand Canyon 2008. ------------------ 226 Miles, 23 Days. So very, very nice.

Days 21, 22, and 23 - Mile 185 - 222

It was all downhill after Lava Falls. The sun came out for good, we had ratholed booze to finish off, and it was time to unwind.

They don't teach you that one in Guide Training.

You know you're drunk when...

and you...

and you...

and you..

and you are definitely drunk when you...

Pumpkin Spring. We might have been drunk, but we weren't getting in that.

The finish line - Diamond Peak.

All our stinky gear.

Goodbye shot.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Day 20 - Lava Falls

Miles 167 - 185.

The calm before the storm.

Scouting Lava.

Getting nervous.

Guinea pigs.

We had swimmers.

Day 19 - Layover Day, National Canyon

Making the 'deck' for what'll be the inside of the sauna tent.

Finding new ways to kick back.