Michael staying focused on a tricky lead in above a juicy hole
Ah yes, just over 1 month behind in the ol’ blogging world. But, better late than never! Back in April of 2012, Don and I joined up with a crew from Portland to have an Ecuador reunion paddle on one of their favorite backyard runs–Opal Creek.
Megi (representing Newport) running a sweet slot just below “Big Ugly”
Opal Creek is actually the Little North Santiam River, and is an incredibly beautiful run. Reportedly, this is one of very few drainages in Oregon that has not been logged. Consequently, the soil and nearby forests are still in tact and when this run is flowing its waters are crystal clear.
Darcy, just a blur, since she is going so damn fast in her Zen
We had sunshine, 80 degree weather, beautiful water, fun rapids, and a great crew. You really can’t ask for a better day of paddling than that, now can you?
The gang enjoying sunshine and clear water! From left to right it’s: Darcy, Craig, Joey, Shannon, Michael
I’ve tried to do my best to get the names of the rapids right, but those of you who know better, please feel free to correct me if I’ve messed them up! You can also check out Joey’s Video of the day to see some more action.
Craig boofs his way towards a cold take out beer as Darcy and Joey look on
In other news, Small World’s Summer Gear Giveaway is still on. We are giving away kayaking gear and goodies every 2 weeks through October, and the prizes are just going to keep on getting bigger!
Joey–da boof! I can’t remember the name of this rapid…
On June 15th, 4 lucky people will each win one of the following prizes: 1.) a spray skirt (Whitewater EXP) from Snap Dragon Designs, 2.) a Thin Skin from Immersion Research, 3.) a one year subscription to Kayak Session Magazine, 4.) a copy of Wildwater from Forge Motion Pictures.
The gang at the take out celebrating a successful day: Shannon, Michael, Darcy, David, Joey, Don, Megi, Craig
Thanks to the Portland/Newport crew for an awesome day on the river. I think many of you are coming back to Ecuador this winter so that we can have many more incredible days of boating together. In the meantime, happy paddling and safe travels to all!