Just got a new van and I'm STOKED!!! Picked it up Thursday morning and hit the road. 4 days and 800 miles later my weekend has ended. Got a good feeling with this one.
Pretty much sums it up.
First stop, PDX Kayaker Film Fest sans photos. Lots of great entries this year. Ryan Scott submitted a great piece on rafting in the PNW with some long time legends like Shane Turnbull. Of course our very own Scott Waidelich and JP were in there. Nate Herbeck, keeping the competition tough, took home the cigar box!! The Film Fest was a great event, my first! A lot of people came out of the woodwork for this one. 11 years and going strong!! Thanks Luke Spencer, Next Adventure and everyone who pitched in, helped out AND submitted films!!! Good times, y'all. I'll be back for this one.
Paranoia, a Creek Sides fave
Of course the good times were bound to continue in the next place Creek Siders like venturing into.. the woods. This weekend was full of tromping through the woods in one of my favorite locales, the O.P.
I LOVE my new drysuit.
Jeremiah Johnson.. snowshoeing with Crocs
a classic in the making..
...the good woods
found this near the 'elusive' good woods
having a look at the put in
a little frosty this morning on the O.P.
looking down into Matheny Creek
a fraction of the Matheny crew
making our way into the O.P. goodness
Arn & Mary
i smell bacon
thawing gear.. and bodies
the popsicle I need to find my way in to
By Sun the cold had cut off the water supply so we ventured into a canyon none of us had been to. I had scouted Fool's Canyon a couple years back on another trip to the O.P. It had a LOT more water last time, probably too much. This time was low, but still so very cool. Here was the only drop we could get out for, toward the end of the canyon. Fool's Canyon is in the Satsop drainage near Montesano and if you haven't been in there, I suggest a visit.
a shot inside Fool's Canyon
Ellie likes getting her boof on.
'Otherworldly' is one word I would use. This was one of the widest spots in the entire mile long gorge. Definitely a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.
parting shot of Toria taking in the magic that is
the Olympic Peninsula
Until next time everybody. Stay warm and safe. Happy Holidays.