|Spencer creepin on my long exposures|
The race was a ton of fun, and about the difficulty I had imagined. It was a mass start, so that we all knew about how we were doing relative to the pack. Josh and I kept trading back and forth during the race, with him yelling to me about how stoked he was to be back on the water, and me trying not to puke from the exertion. In the end, Josh took fifth and I took sixth. My good friend Dan Rubado (Portland local) was just barely in sight in first place. Spencer managed to not swim, but said that he was like second to last. Overall it was a great time.
|Josh stoked on a playboating river run.|
|Typical scene in the BDP mansion|
Throughout our time in the Hood, we stayed at the BDP mansion. If you spend much time on mountainbuzz.com, you may already know of BDP, since apparently they're a bunch of misogynistic drunks intent on destroying the sport of kayaking and probably doing something unspeakable to your daughter in the process. We had a great time hanging out with them. They were incredibly welcoming, inviting us, practical strangers, to stay in their living room for almost a week. I won't lie, there was a fair amount of drinking and partying, but they were fun people to be around, and I definitely appreciated their careful beta and safety when they led us down the Little White. This whole break just reaffirmed my dislike of rafters and rafter culture.
|Josh on Celestial|
|Jakub's Hail Mary||Recovering after the beatdown|
|Spencer on Punchbowl. Photo by Wes Schrek.|
For our very last day, we joined up with Dan Rubado and had a relaxed run down canyon creek at low water, taking our time and getting lots of photos. It was a good reminder. I had hoped to run more new runs during this trip, but even running stuff I had done before was a ton of fun, especially since it was all new to Josh and Spencer. Next trip maybe I'll explore some newer runs and bigger waterfalls. Even the standard runs are worth enjoying, though.
|Everyone's doing back freewheels these days. I switched it up and went forward. Photo by Dan Rubado.|
|I think Dan was doing "Blue Steel" here.|
|Spencer getting splashed in the face|
I'm working on a video of the trip, but here is a slideshow of my favorite photos that we got:
Some of the photos in this post were taken by Spencer Mauk. In order to publish those photos on this blog, Spencer requires us to include the following sentence: Spencer exemplifies all the traits I hope for in my first born child.