The gear is stacked, the rafts get defleated and rolled up.
At the pull-out the boats get unloaded.
Some big splashes got everybody wet on that last run.
The crew digs in for sandwiches.
A group shot while out on a little field trip.
Class is back in session.
Kara, and her extensive SF wardrobe, tackles the tangles to face the day.
Mark celebrates a well deserved victory after a solid day on the river.
A train rolls northbound (down river) this time as we pull into our spot for the night at Buckskin Mary Campground.
They meet up with Eddie and Philippe boards the cargo vessel.
A bunch of drifters just letting the current take them in the late afternoon.
More choppy water.
Letting lunch settle in and sitting Nepali style.
They're a dedicated bunch, and teamwork gets them through with out flipping the raft.
And there they are... Kara in front suggesting a route.
Mark's crew is looking pretty satisfied after the first section through Whitehorse. But there is more to come.
And then, class is dismissed and there is a mad dash to the boats.
The class gathers at the top and gets a good perspective for the changes of the land around them.
Dr. Taylor points out the massive land slide that came crashing down and may have dammed the river to form a lake, and eventually the Whitehorse Rapids that we are about to go rafting down.
And class transitions into a field trip.
Next, class is back in session and the students work out flow and erosion rates and the such.
By 3.30 we had made it to our first camp site, Whisky Dick, and it was time to unload the boats and get camp set up.
Our first stop along the river is this slope side cut where we can get a good look at the strata that makes up the earth. The lighter lower half we soon find out will be the nearly ubiquitous John Day Formation... see if you can spot it in upcoming photos.