Epic Weekend on California Rivers…..

Posted May 19, 2008 by Malina

A particularly vicious bag of garbage, sunburns, lost contact lens, epic surfs, hoots and hollers, record-setting heat and one black eye: it was a weekend for the ages. I got into work this morning and the stories started pouring in as our guides returned from awesome days on the North Stan and Tuolumne, the Merced, the North Fork of the American….the Kaweah people are still trickling back and the South and Middle Fork never really left. I guess we were pretty much everywhere but the Futaleufu……

First of all, the heat my god the heat! I’m not a meteorologist, but come on. This is hot. I heard it’s been 20 degrees hotter lately than normal, which is good because for awhile there I thought I was getting hot flashes thirty years early. One result of the heat is, surprize surprize, higher flows on the river because the snow is starting to melt so our guides and guests had extra thrills on the water and needed some serious sunscreen–see sunburn and lost contacts, above. A fun weekend of high adventure was clearly had by all (except for the Office Bound). I don’t think the black eye had anything to do with the snowmelt; it was more a reminder to keep your hand on the T-grip. I guess after ten years of guiding even senior guides forget . . .


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