16 October 2011
either get right or get left
...which leaves us with Day 2, in which our heroes venture further a stream than ever before and learn a thing or 2 in the process.
Having once before dunked my camera/phone in this particular river, I only took pitchers on the way out.
Don't be a piker; use your imagination to tell you these are photos of us all blowing up floaties.
And by "all of us", I mean me. Red in the face, I set out hiking up stream with the older children toting an inflatable seal and an inflatable shark. J was celebrating his 7th Birfday by wearing a life-jacket and using an inflatable kick board. I was to be swimming.
That water was COohOLD!
Take your breath away cold. We were already in, so after swimming the 1st unwalkable section, we eagerly waited the sun's further reach into the canyon. We alternated paddling and walking up to the narrows, where the walls close in tight. 30feet high sheer walls about 3feet apart. You can hear the low roar of the waterfall at the head (around several bends), and feel the rumble in the water. The kids were nervous. We made it, though.
By the time we got back, 5 hours had passed and we were too tired to do more than lounge about.
Night brought a very small camp____ by the river's edge. We roasted asparagus, baked green beans in foil with the coals, and the couscous took care of itself. I tried some TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein) in an attempt to round the meal. It was taco flavored. I think the stuff is a fine vegetarian option (for camping)- it's hella light and has lots of protein- but the taco flavor, frankly, is terrible. Hungry as we were, it was not a winner.
We salvaged the evening with spotlighting crawdads, watching Jupiter crawl up the night sky about 16inches away from the Full Hunter's Moon, crafting more s'mores, and rousing wouldyourathers.
Would you rather live inside a bike (there would be a door, and you could have TV and stuff) OR just walk around?