White Water Rafting

Rivers are natures original highways, carrying trade and passengers over long distances. Some rivers were considered sacred, others were the lifeline for the largest civilizations.  Today they are a major source of recreation either by boat, tube, kayak, raft or creature and they are something different to everyone. Whatever they are, rivers are the perfect balance of peace and violence. The tossing and turning of rapids can be captivating and mesmerizing. Like watching a fire, other people work or fat porn you want to look away, but strangely you can’t.

 

 

Boatsmith Whitewater Festival 2019 and 2020

Boatsmith Whitewater Festival 2019 and 2020

The Boatsmith River Festival takes place every year over the Presidents Day Weekend on the Smith River near Gasquet, California.  The proceeds of which go to benefit the STEM-based Gasquet Mountain School. As one of the newer, if not the spring chicken of paddling...

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The Milner Mile: A Hidden Gem Born From Collaboration

The Milner Mile: A Hidden Gem Born From Collaboration

​ It’s a rare opportunity when the energy company, farmers, and the outdoor recreation community work together.  When you watch the news, you won’t even know that cooperation exists. Most rafters are used to ranchers and farmers putting up barbed wire over rivers or...

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My First Trip To Gauley Fest

My First Trip To Gauley Fest

  “Welcome to West Virginia” were the first words I heard as I blinked my eyes, easing them into the world of the awake. In the background, the first few bars of John Denver's, ‘Country Roads,’ played on the radio.“Looks just like Pennsylvania” was the only...

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Meeting the Creature Craft People

Meeting the Creature Craft People

I had only been to Boise, Idaho on two previous occasions.  One, when I was a wee tot and my mom turned the wrong way into oncoming traffic. I can't really blame her,  thanks to a plethora of one-way streets, more sense can be found in a tide pod challenge than the...

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What is Camping?

What is Camping?

There are several types of people in the world, and for each one of these types they have a different definition of camping.  However, trying to fit so many different beliefs under one interpretation would be like nicknaming Hilary Clinton “Honest Abe.”   No matter...

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Kelty Cosmic Down 40 Review

Kelty Cosmic Down 40 Review

BACKSTORY Once upon a time, I had a mountain hardware phantom.  I do not know what happened to it, but it was by far the best sleeping bag I have ever owned.  Then I purchased a Lafuma Warm-n-Lite. It was a 40-degree bag that was lightweight, compressible, and kept me...