Zane decided for his 10 year old birthday party that he would like to do an overnighter on the Salmon River with some of his friends. We set out on a Friday afternoon with my four boys, three of the boy’s friends, and one of their fathers. We put our flotilla in at the White Bird gravel pit ramp on a sunny, warm afternoon and began drifting down stream. The river was flowing at about 9,200 cfs.
We proceeded without incident, catching a few fish along the way and stopping to pick some of the many ripe blackberries along the shoreline. The nine of us pulled in to mile 49.9 camp and set up for the afternoon. Storm clouds were gathering, so we pitched the tipi and then spent the afternoon swimming and fishing. We fixed burritos for dinner as he clouds continued to gather.
The winds began to pick up around 6:30 in the evening and lighting began dancing on the horizon. Bands of rain began to pass through, bringing a respite from the heat. Rather than take shelter in the tipi the nine of us stood outside enjoying the rain as the dry earth eagerly absorbed it. We but a small fire as the rains abated and enjoyed the temperate evening.
Morning dawned to a heavy dew. We played out gear to dry as the sun began to warm the air up. Camp was packed up after a breakfast of burritos and the boats were loaded. By 9:00 we were back drifting downstream. The float went well until hitting Green Canyon. We had swimmers in both Wright Way as well as Demon’s Drop. Though there were initially some anxious kids, by the time we reached Pine Bar all of the swimmers seemed to be back in good shape and were talking about how much fun they had.