Birthday/Memorial Weekend on the Owyhee River

It’s been a long winter and even though it was supposed to snow up to a foot in the Sierras over Memorial Day weekend, we decided to get out on a multi-day river trip on one of the few 3 day weekends I get every year.  It also always coincides with my birthday, which is pretty awesome… thanks Mom and Dad!

We chose to travel to the Owyhee River, which is known as the Grand Canyon of Oregon, located in the Southeast corner of Oregon.  The Owyhee has seasonal flows and is rarely flowing this late in the season, but due to the late winter it would be, so we jumped at the opportunity to get on it during semi-nice weather.

I kayaked most of it and it is always nice to get a lot of days in a row – 4 days, 3 swims (need to work on that) and 49 miles.  It was incredibly beautiful and had the most fun takeout road ever, but I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Kayak girls!

Campsite 1:

Cool rock formation:

View down the river from a hike:

Kayaking a rapid:

PK at the oars:

Hotsprings at Camp 2:

Birthday celebration… out of control:

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