Minnesota girl headed out west! YeeHaw...oh...wait...I lived in Oregon a long time ago. This was my first trip back to the state I grew up in since I left in "69". My first stop was to see Andy and John in Idaho. They were both working for Cascade Raft and Kayak as instructors and raft guides. I don't think I've seen a better operation yet. It is owned by the Long Family...world class kayakers and incredible teachers. The knowledge they pass on to their employees is priceless! John and Andy both encouraged me to attend a rolling clinic put on by Cascade to see first hand their teaching technique. I was amazed at how easily Chad Long put a new student in the proper position to roll within seconds. I will definately be putting this knowledge to work back home.
Kelly's Whitewater Park
I took the time to go up to the new Kelly's Whitewater Park to check it out. After looking at HUGE water on the Payette for days it struck me as small. Well it's not. My whitewater perspective had been pleasantly skewed. The features are excellently created from easy to challenging. The park it's self has brand new landscaping and a beautiful clubhouse. Plenty of comfortable viewing for spectators and a backdrop of snow capped mountains...I just love Idaho!
Hot Springs at the Swirly Canyon Take out
The rest of the crew moved on to Washington in the morning and I took Emily up on her invite for one more run on the Main Payette before I left. I took my playboat this time and it was addicting!
I was very reluctant to leave Idaho, but Washington and Oregon were calling and I needed to see my friend Lori to see how she was fairing. That evening I crossed over the Oregon State line for the first time in 41 years. I wondered if I would make it back to my home town of Coos Bay this trip.