Take that Tommy Hillike!
So we loaded into the car, drove 20 hours straight to Bill’s house in Coloma, grabbed creek boats, overnight gear and a 2nd car. Without rest, we drove the 6+ hours to the take-out (remember, we’re in a major hurry, don’t want that water to run out on us)! After we tried to sleep for 4 hours in the sweltering heat, we got up and proceeded to watch Don pack and re-pack and insulate his precious cooler with extra clothes, a sleeping bag and a foam pad.
Don had put a lot of thought into beer selection and cooler preparation. He layered the bottom of the cooler with a selection of pre-chilled beer: PBR for instant takeout gratification and re-hydration, then onward to the likes of Stone IPA and Green Flash. On top of this he layered three blocks and a bag of ice to try to give the cooler a fighting chance. The sleeping bag and clothes were to add as much insulation as possible to the total cooler package.