Waaaaay back around the end of April, Don and I finally gave up on Colorado’s skiing. We gave it our best though, suffering through 3.5 weeks of skiing slush in 70 degree weather, jumping over dirt patches, all the while thinking “it’s really time to go boating.”
So we finally packed up the truck and headed to the Pacific Northwest. We were just in time for the Northwest Creeking Competition. We got out to the festival, had a nice, quick run down the East Fork Lewis and then headed over to Canyon Creek to check out that gem of a run.
We had run it the previous year at a somewhat ridiculous flow. It think it was over 3,000 CFS, and while it really was an awesome day, the run didn’t have the characteristic boofs and creeky feel that we’d heard about. It just felt like a big water flush all the way through the canyon.
This year we got on a “good high” flow of about 1400 CFS. We got our sweet boofs and defined moves and it was great. Canyon Creek, while short, truly is an exceptional run for the Portlanders to have in their back yards.
We were lucky enough to paddle with Jenn, Willie and Andy who had come down to Ecuador last winter. Plus we met 3 new paddlers and all and all had a good crew.
The party at NWCC was a rockin’ one and so as we were packing to leave at 7:30am the next day, there weren’t too many people stirring. But the sun was shining through the thick Northwest forest and it was shaping up to be a beautiful day!
So, get your entries in ASAP! Go to our website, click the win link, fill in a few answers to easy questions and you are good to go.
Good Luck to everyone!