Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Work to Play

Recently I've been working on a garage with a buddy of mine. We've been working hard for our next trip, and kayaking the green on the weekends. Life is good when your playing with power tools and kayaking on the weekend. Our drought here has given us a better work ethic, but our rivers are all dried up. Our one rain storm resulted in the loss of a good friend reminding us all how temporary life is. It reminds me to live each day a little more for isac. As kayakers we experience high sensation moments in life. With the loss of isac we are reminded to make all our moments sensational, from our day to day work, to our low water paddles down the green. Drought is a part of life, and while kayaking is one of the most incredible ways to spend a day, every other moment is special too. Whether its nailing in plywood, spending time with friends and family, or kayaking, life is truly amazing, and its good to be alive.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

British Columbia

photo: Baker Davenport

The coastal range of B.C. offers kayakers some of the most unexplored remote kayaking in North America. The diversity of the mountain ranges create a maze of rivers flowing into the ocean below. Glaciers and incredible waterfalls coated the landscape though many of the rivers we paddled. Many of these rivers are in danger from hydroelectric dam construction. It was our goal to go explore some of the canyons and rivers that are soon to be changed due to our ever growing reliance on energy. The ashlu river, outside squamish is one of these rivers. It is truly sad seeing the trucks and saws destroying one of the most beautiful canyons that I've ever traveled through. The turquoise water and gray granite gorges are just a couple facets that make this river so incrediible. While the canyons in B.C. are undoubtably astounding, they are also hard to navigate. Thick floura and fauna along with slick rocks, steep gorges, and ever changing weather make B.C. one of the most challenging places to kayak.

Photos: Baker Davenport
Ashlu River

Checkamus River

On our way home we managed to stop at the Little White Salmon River in Hood River, OR. This run is as good as they say it is. Spirit Falls is a great drop.