Santa was kind enough to bring my present a day early: December 24 was sunny, warm (relatively, as it was almost 40), and perfect for hitting the Clearwater River with [redacted] and (one of) his new kayak(s).
All this talk of fall? I call nonsense! It’s not officially autumn until the 22nd. And in that vein, I dragged some friends down to the Salmon River for a day trip to celebrate “It’s Not Fall Yet, Suckers!” day. (I say it’s a thing, so it’s a thing.)
We floated Carey Creek to Spring Bar (about 15 miles), watched the clouds burn off, felt the wind subside, and in general had a good time (I did, anyway).
Thanks to Doug & Susan and Chad & Megan (in the kayaks) for finding the babysitters and making it happen.
Someone at work got drunk and let me write an article. Heads will probably roll.
The text came in after 10:00pm Thursday night: “Wanna go boatin’ Saturday?” Does a one legged duck swim in a circle?
For December in northern Idaho, the weather was just about perfect: upper 40’s and low 50’s, non-driving rain from time to time, and sunny blue skies as we approached the takeout. We were on the road pre-dawn (I haven’t seen 5:30am in a good long while) and home in time to read stories to the kids before their afternoon naps.
When my buddy Tom asked in an email what I’d be doing over the weekend, I told him I had been nursing a nasty cold all week, and as such I’d probably be just hanging out on the couch trying to rest and get better. No sooner had I hit “send” on that email, friend and co-worker [redacted] asked, “Wanna go boatin’ tomorrow?”
I never claimed to be all that bright.
It was a great afternoon of kayaking down northern Idaho’s Clearwater River. I’ve decided that “ideal October Idaho boating conditions” simply means the wind is blowing the icy rain into the back of your helmet (as opposed to your eyes).
Quote of the day (in the context of passing all the surly Steelhead fisherman huddled miserably on their boats): “I would feel less silly if I weren’t dressed like a giant Power Ranger!” True, but we were warmer. And smiling.
I always loves me some good behinds the scenes footage. Here we have the creator/director of that work-sponsored video project I’m tangentially associated with talking about how it all came together.
Labor Day brought three generations of Maxfield’s together onto a relatively placid portion of the Clearwater River for a fun family float.