Well, a three day turnaround between the Owyhee and the North Fork John Day river trips was pretty luxurious for prep time so we shortened it down to one day back home before we were headed to our third river in three weeks, the lower John Day. The Clarno to Cottonwood float is about 70 miles and you can’t have any appreciation for the country you float through unless you see it from the water. You start out in some pretty, well, lets just say, agricultural, country. Country infested with noxious weeds, showing lots of signs of erosion, plenty of cows eating down the riparian area and broken down abandoned equipment. But before the end of the first day you start to get away from all that and you float into paradise for the next 4 days.
It’s been a little quiet around here over the winter. That’s not to say there’s been nothing going on. Piggly Wiggly, the backyard squirrel has provided hours of viewing entertainment for one.
Wow, is fall flying by! Wasn’t it just September? Now the end of October is closer than the start. I guess there’s just a bit of catching up to do here. Fall means a lot of things, among them is steelhead season and getting on the big D to see what can be dredged up in that department. The first float on the Deschutes actually began in September and then there it was, October by the end of the trip. The second trip was only 4 days later. A little bit of a whirlwind, but was it ever nice to be on the river. And of course it’s always nice to get out and see some fall sunsets as storms threaten that usually don’t produce a whole lot.