Our second day of rafting this last weekend in Northern California, the North Fork of the Smith was an amazing run. The landscape shifted back and forth between a wide smooth river rolling through soft hillsides of fir trees and darlingtonia plants, and a steep gorge of conglomorate boulders and waterfalls.
No, this is not a Ford Advertisement, but it should be! Although Smokey and Adam might kill me if I didn’t mention that they, in fact, were the creators of that steel rack. So Ford doesn’t get all the credit here. This picture was taken at put-in. Pretty amazing how much stuff we fit up there! That’s a boat, two cat frames, a stern frame, and two kayaks.
Adam (also referred to by Brad as “Captain our Captain”) and I enjoying a calmer break between steeper gorge sections.