Like any great adventure, you've got to have the right gear. Eddie has all the goods.
After a short drive, we're at Trout Creek Campground. Time to unload, set up camp and take it easy.
Dave adds the final touches to the food prep for the trip.
Our simple camp... waiting for the rest to arrive.
Dave relaxes by putting a hook in the water.
Whisps of smoke drift up and over to mid-frame over the river bend.
These clouds were the only ones we saw on the whole trip. I get the feeling most of the sunset action was going on behind this ridge.
The class arrives some time after the sunset and just manage to get their tents up in the last squeak of light. The next morning we get the rafts inflated.
The clouds help add to the dynamic feel of the blood red cliffs.
The class arrives from their morning geology stop and Eddie gives them the safety talk before we get on the river.
Then we have to move the rafts and all the gear to the boat launch and load the boats.
But loading the rafts is no problem for our other guides, Eddie and Dave.
Phillipe gets to coast in the bow while the rest of the crew provides the power for the boat.
Dave gets going in one of the gear boats.
And Eddie gets going with the other gear boat.
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.
It's hot out, and once on the river again, the students are quick to make a dip in the calm sections of the river between the rapids.
It's either a celebration or a mutiny.
Trying to knock Philippe off of the boat by spinning around in a circle... next time try it with out holding on to the line.
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.
Dave is the Chef for the trip, and gets a great lunch spread set up for all to make sandwiches.
Roy and Mark take some time in the shade to study up.
After the afternoon study session, Roy and Philippe get some zen stretching in.
Between getting lunch put away and before starting dinner, Dave is back on the river taunting the fish.
Dave puts out a great dinner of shish-kabobs with which Cameron and Rachel are well pleased.
No photos taken after dark, but the next morning, Eddie and Mark were found strewn out in the open air.
Others however opted for the shelter of a tent. Not a bad place to wake up to.
Some of the telephone poles are on a bit of a slant, and the osprey's have built themselves a little nest.
Ah good, the boats are still here.
Danny takes a moment before breakfast to enjoy a hot drink and to watch the river roll by.
A Western Tanger and his buddies come flying in and checks out our camp.
Dave whips up omlets made to order for breakfast.
Lenette gets out after breakfast to get some snaps.
Next, class is back in session and the students work out flow and erosion rates and the such.
Philippe brings his gear over to be loaded into the rafts.
Mark has his own rock to examine. Be the rock.
At the first stop, an acid test is conducted to check the composition of the rock.
And class transitions into a field trip.
Michelle is copious about taking notes.
Soem wildlife comes wandering through the classroom.
Dr. Taylor referes to his extensive field guide. Mark does well to keep up.
Dr. Taylor claims to have grown up around some Italians, and hence makes extensive use of his hands while lecturing.
Then it's up to the top of the cliffs above the river bend to get a look down river and across to what happened in the geologic past.
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.
The class continues further up the hill where Jason can get some cell coverage to call his daughter and wish her a happy birthday.
The class gathers at the top and gets a good perspective for the changes of the land around them.
Looking down river toward "The Pot."
And then, class is dismissed and there is a mad dash to the boats.
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