Life is, of course, the grandest adventure of all. But it is the smaller journeys, various trips, and meandering paths we venture upon that create the poignant moments and stories that design our lives. For me, nothing captures my life and its recent changes better than the 26-day rafting trip on the Grand Canyon I experienced this past November and December.
We have been hit by a series of winter storms recently, dropping plenty of snow and rain in the area. With temperatures in the teens and 2 feet of snow on the ground, the White Salmon River looked like an Arctic wonderland. Wet Planet's Todd Collins had multiple video cameras on board while he was kayaking on the White Salmon River and skiing up on the mountain, and he put together this quick video sampling of his time in the snow. Here's our video of the week, with a great look at the White Salmon during the winter:
In the second half of January, a large chunk of cliff wall on the Lower Lower White Salmon River broke off and fell into the river, providing continuing evidence that the White Salmon is still evolving after the removal of Condit Dam. This landslide occurred on the first major cliff wall boaters encounter when paddling the Lower Lower White Salmon River, just downstream of Northwestern Park and the cabins. We have had a number of people contact us to ask about it, so we'll try to round up the information we have.
In this image, taken with my phone, you can see the copper colored wall that has been exposed and the pile of debris in the river.
Big thanks to all who submitted your favorite photos to our Wet Planet White Salmon River 2013 Photo Competition! It was very entertaining to view the entries and, of course, challenging to select the finalists. But we selected some good ones! Now it's up to you. You get to vote for the winner. Who will win the opportunity to join us for free on our new FULL-DAY White Salmon Rafting Trip?
Though the 2013 season has come and gone, memories of rafting and kayaking remain with us forever. Gratefully, those unforgettable whitewater moments are often caught by camera - the thrilling runs over Husum Falls, your crewmate falling out of the boat, riding the bull at Rattlesnake rapid. Isn't it nice having that image with water spurting from your nose captured for eternity (and posted on Facebook)?
We here at Wet Planet love seeing the photos from our river trips - and better still, hearing the laughter when our rafters view their post-trip photos. To share these good times, we invite you to submit your favorite photos from being on the river this season!
Like a waterfall, magic flowed continuously on the Salmon River. From its natural beauty to the people it brought together, this trip was amazing. I was captivated by the turquoise water, white sandy beaches, and night skies decorated with shooting stars. With five days to play in such sensory beauty, I felt awakened, relaxed, and more than a bit giddy.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons... I love the changing of the leaves, the refreshing chill in the air after a hot summer, getting cozy in my warm house, and spending time on the river! Here are some of the reasons why October rafting is some of the best of the year.
The Columbia River Gorge is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular and diverse areas of rivers, mountains, volcanoes, and lakes in the Northwest, and possibly even the U.S. The people here recognize the treasure we hold and help protect and develop this place to an even more beautiful and vibrant community. Besides the historically rooted logging and agricultural industries, you'll find your typical Northwest coffee shops, a rapidly developing wine region, micro-breweries, restaurants using the area's locally produced foods, art galleries, and of course a wide range of outdoor recreation related companies and outfits. And surprising to many: Bingen has the highest number of engineers per capita in the country due to our developing High-Tec industry, spearheaded by Boeings' Insitu. The Gorge is beautiful and diverse in many aspects.
Last week, Wet Planet offered 2 free trips to returning guests down the newly opened Lower Lower White Salmon in exchange for feedback in a post-trip survey. We knew that WE think the section surrounding the former Condit dam (taken down in October 2011) is amazing, but we wanted to make sure you did too! Here's what we found...