It is impossible to imagine a better rafting vacation than on a river other than the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The last six days have been absolutely incredible. The fishing picked up dramatically, the water stayed fun and exciting, and, of course, once again we had great company. We saw a ton of familiar faces from trips in the past and met many new friends. This certainly was a trip to remember from a wildlife perspective.
The wildlife count:
1 wolf (a definite first for most), 1 bear, 1 golden eagle, 1 beaver (a first some guides as well) 16 river otters, 7 rams, 23 sheep, 1 rattlesnake, and plenty of grouse and chukar.
Day 1: Greyhound Creek
Day 2: Marble Right
Day 3: Shelf
Day 4: Wollard
Day 5: Stoddard
Here are some shots from throughout the week (click the shots to enlarge them):
Tom hanging out:
Surf's up at Wollard!
Stoddard Creek pictographs:
Pete tests out the mint at Veil Falls:
Paddle crew, day 5:
A pause in the action:
Marty above Wollard:
Swimming above Marble, day 2:
Lunch at Mist Falls, day 5:
Lindsey tests out the oars:
Jo at Waterfall Creek:
Haystack rapid, day 4:
Marty and Mandi drenched after the confluence, day 6:
Debbie and Dale on the hike to Veil Falls:
All smiles above Wollard, day 4:
Big horn sheep, day 5:
View from the ridge above Marble Right:
Ridgeline above Marble Right Camp (day 2):
Lake Creek Blow-out:
Day 2 paddle crew:
Mandi and Joe below "The Chutes" rapid:
A special thank-you to everyone who made this trip extremely fun and exciting!
-Andrew W, Tom T, Jo S, Julie G, Skip V, Mark E, and Will V.