On June 30th, 2008, at just a smidgen under 4.0 feet at the gauge, Idaho River Journeys launched from Boundary Creek with Boy Scout Troop 223 from Los Angeles, CA. Troop 223 has molded more Eagle Scouts than any other Boy Scout troop in the country. In fact, one of our paddle boats on the first day was 100% Eagle Scouts.
The first night of the trip was spent at John's Camp, which had just reopened after being closed for fire recovery. It was very interesting sleeping in a camp which had burned the previous year because a lot of little flowers and grasses were beginning to pop back up. Our remaining camps for the trip were: Upper Jackass, Big Loon, Little Pine, and Ship Island.
Upper Jackass offered some spectacular footage of other groups coming through the big hole at the bottom of Jackass Rapid. At Loon Creek we went up to the hot spring, kayaked the creek, fished the mouth, and did a little bit of swimming. On our fifth morning, about half our group left camp at 5:30 A.M. for a stroll up to the top of the Little Pine Ridge to catch the sun rise. When we got to the top, some big horn sheep were waiting for us.
Thanks for joining us, Troop 223. It was a pleasure floating with all of you and we hope to see you on the river again!