The last week of our season did NOT disappoint! We finished with a bang on some nice, high levels like we had been having all season long. And, we finished up the season just in time. 2 days after our last guests left it started raining and literally didn’t stop for days–a fairly uncommon phenomenon for the “dry season” in Ecuador’s Oriente (we run our trips during the “dry season” believe it or not).
“Megatron” was in for 3 days straight which means the water is BIG! Megatron is the nickname we have for an old bridge abutment just upstream of our lodge. Under “normal” conditions (which none of us are really sure what that is anymore) Megatron stands tall; towering above kayakers who eddy out behind it by 15 feet or more. When the water gets really big, Megatron becomes a big stomping hole–which is saying a lot because it lays in a very wide spot in the river. If you really want to see big water, come paddle the Quijos at Megatron levels–it’s a hoot!
After two somewhat dry years, the big, billowing clouds came in full force this year and made up for lost time. But they dumped their rain in perfect-for-kayakers increments. The rivers were rarely blown out and for the better part of our 4.5 month season water levels maintained at perfect medium to highish flows.
Our last group of the season was a small group made up of Ben from Basalt, Jeff from Pennsylvania, Heinz from Austria and Darren who just wouldn’t go home after his 1st week of kayaking with us and stuck around for round two.
Now we are all back in the US (well almost, Guy is currently in transit from Australia to the US). Larry is rowing his first Grand Canyon trip of the season and Don and Darcy have just kicked off the SWA Summer Tour 2012. We are currently in California getting back into boating mode, but stay tuned later in the summer to hear tales from Small World Adventures’ European Vacation…