July 12, 2014
From our great experience last year the boys wanted to do it again this year. Initially Hale and his councilors were working on the food, but they ended up with a conflict with events their parents planned. So we picked up where they left off. We got 4 super big tubes and 2 rafts. The weather was a scorching 30+ with 0 clouds. Eventually the water was not even cold, especially along the shore. You could even say it was hot. After the tubing we had a bit of a delay getting our food and vehicle swap thing worked out, but it all worked out in the end. Even got a special delivery of cheese burgers by Hector, Keri's husband.
We cleared up the directions on how to get the the launch point from the old map. Once you get off hwy 549, the road is numbered as 354, and you make a left turn at the intersection of road #48. They have these basic street sign polls at the intersections. It's the first such sign you come to. If you get to one numbered 64, you missed it and went too far, so come back.
And remember the park is just after the bridge on then main town road (2A), its called Lions Park. Access is on the south side of the river and you just take your first left and the entrance sign is there on your left.
This time on the drive down road 48 there was a part washed out, but its 100 yards from the river, so we just had a short hike to get the equipment down to the river.
|Nigel Kennet, Karl Burndorfer, Jason Smith - Scout Leaders|
|Taysen Saravia, Javon Falconer, Austin Smith, Seth Ek, Devin Ohba, Isaac Gagnon - Scouts|
|Maki and Tom Ohba, Keri Saravia and kids, and Nigel's 2 sons|
|Anyone want to build a bridge with some Lego blocks?||How about something with blocks and tubes?||Cute little pump, I guess, as long as this doesn't drain the car battery....||Half an hour latter and she's sea worthy. Not sure about the battery.|
|The flotilla is ready||2 rafts and 4 super tubes, one a double Decker.||And they're off. Nigel takes a commanding lead (on purpose).||First bit of rougher water!|
|This is easy, we can do this...||Bit more action ahead.||Everyone got through that as well.|
|Keri and the kids bracing for this one.||OK, so we went left and got stuck on a large flat rock.||Up to my waist out here.||Looking for some more action now.|
|Swallow action, birds coming out everywhere.||OK, this is a big one.|
|Seth and Tayson ace through first drop and sharp turn. Impressive!||Still upright, they blast into the turbulence on the lower half.||Feet out for stabilization||There's the hand wave, still OK.|
|and they're through, what a run!|
|The Ohba team braces themselves for the first drop!||And they're down, still hanging on.||Bit too wide to make the sharp turn.||Now heading over to the walk down.|
|Team Austin come up. Hate it when you come into it with your back!||Ohh, that's way too steep!||They're holding together though!||Can they make the sharp right?|
|Missed the main channel, so they're going through some of the rocks with less water.|
|The Keri team lines up. Hang on kids!||Nice drop Mom!||Keep that chin above water.||Can they make that turn...|
|Bit wide and Tayson's sister gets bumped off the tube.||She's going to float it down on her own. Don't worry about holding onto the paddle.||The Austin team heads down the same channel, Austins off, Isaacs off, it's just Javon hanging on...||Floating down ain't that bad. Feet first so you can walk over the boulders.|
|The Keri team finishing the last leg.||Mom, I'm falling out!.||Don't worry son, I got your leg.||OK, how about your arm now. .|
|OK, I'm pulling you up ...||Almost in and you going over that last dip.||Don't forget the water gun mom.||Not now, I'll get it later.|
|and over they go....||with the water gun in hot pursuit.||Hey Seth, you might want to move.||That was awesome!|
|Not half so scary looking from this end.||We like calm waters.||You might have to push us off this calm water gravel.|
|Bring on the next one. Our dad can handle anything.||They say water walking is good exercise too.||Too shallow now. This river just can't make up its mind.||Good. Floating depth again.|
|Team Ohba thinking they should have approached these rapids from over there.||Too late, hang on...||Still hanging on...||Looks like mom's checking out the underside of the tube.|
|No problem Devin, all looks good under there.||Go on ahead, need to get some water out of my ears.||Come on mom, I'll slow the tube down and you can catch up.||Almost deep enough for a Front Crawl opportunity...|
|Super Dad speeds past the Tayson team.||Keep kicking, we can catch up...||This is kind of like riding a bronco at the stampede.||How's that front crawl going mom?|
|Just fine Devin, How's your slowing down the tube going?||More action coming up...|
|I don't want to go down backwards again.||Focus Isaac, we're going down a rapid, we can check out birds later.||OK, This is good. we're all facing the rapids.||This is intense man.|
|Oh No, stop the turning thing.||Just hate this going down backwards thing.||It's OK, we're through that one.|
|We're going to rub over a bunch of rocks mom!||No problem, I'm an expert driver.||See how easily I got us turned the right way and in the channel without the rocks.||And everybody makes it through.|
|Bring on the Kicking horse!||Or the Alsek!||See, I'm good, still got my hat.|
|And Devin? Still dry. How does that happen?||Not so dry here again. We were getting too hot anyways.||More dive bombing swallows...||We should put a motor on one of these. Steerable one.|
|So much quality time together...||OK, this falling into the water again is starting to drop my core body temp a bit too low.||Spread the weight and keep it low, its the key to staying stable.|
|and avoiding low trees.||Seth has this one though. Using the paddle to push back on those branches.||OK, so maybe the paddle isn't the best. Tayson can you hop out and push us please.|
|Video of Tayson and Seth avoiding the bank.||Pretty shallow stuff here.||Not too often the fallen tree goes right across the whole river.|
|Devin swinging at low flying bats with his paddle.||It's just a portage guys, not a siesta?||Were almost there guys...||You bring the diaper bag Dad?|
|Just cruising now.||We could do "Bump-em" cars with tubes!||Push Taysen!|
|Sorry Mom, lost those Sun screening sun glasses, I think it was back on the 2nd time we flipped.||Remember, Bro. B said to avoid tree roots Mom!||You're right, just step out and pull the tube around.||What a "Safety First" Mom!|
|Speeding up again.||Look. There's the bridge?|
|Oh man, these sock just don't cut it when it comes to pointy rocks.||Still got my paddle! No small feat.||You splash water on my back?||Want me to help you with that heavy raft?|
|Nutrition is good! and don't sit on my watermelon.||Sitting on watermelons messes your pants.||
Hector's here with the car, alright!
We can drive and get cheese burgers for everyone now.
|and they all lived happily ever after, for that day.|
|Giant Puff ball|