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Weekend Adventures After Work!

It’s always fun to try to do weekend type activities after work and it is more possible than ever right now with the extended daylight of summer solstice week.  Last night I did a solo mission on the Upper Truckee River where I kayaked from Meyers down to the lake and biked the shuttle.

Map of the route: UTRmap

The UTR is raging right now – > 1,000 cfs!

 I left work, dropped my bike with a change of clothes off at the take out, drove to the put in and got on the water around 5:20pm.  The first section is super pretty with lots of wood in the river and a few fun little wave trains – definitely unusual in this meadow river.  The river winds through the Lake Tahoe Golf Course and I stopped to say hi to Pat teeing of on hole 15.  Next up was the more traveled section of Elks Club to Venice and I stopped to take a few photos of the restoration that I worked on a few years ago.

Here is an example of some of the rapids on the UTR (SO GNAR!).

I saw a few more boaters lower down and got to my bike at the take out around 7:30 pm.  If it were the weekend, I would’ve taken my time and maybe paddled a bit less, but I wanted to get back to my bike with a reasonable amount of daylight to do the change and 7 mile shuttle ride.  Here I am back at the car at 8:15, just in time for the Alpenglow!

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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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