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Adam, Susan and Wallace  Watershed explorers, paddling 50 Wild & Scenic rivers in 2 years. Full time #roadhome dwellers. On our way to Chetco and Klamath Rivers in SW OR!

http://community.nrs.com/duct-tape/2017/04/10/creating-wild-river-life/

Wallace is unimpressed by the frosty morning on put-in day for the lower Owyhee. "My food is in this drybag; you gonna come get it for me?"
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He's not naturally a good boating dog, but he did surprisingly well after a few days of figuring it out. Having a good doggy pfd really helps, mostly for a good handle to hold onto.

Chapped skin and lips, dirty gear and empty coolers. We just emerged from 6 days on Oregon state Owyhee River. Wild and Scenic like no other.
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It might seem like we do these trips with a group of long-time friends each time. Really, we always meet new people brought to the river by another friend. Often, more strangers push off at the put-in than friends. The river changes this quickly and soon everyone feels like family. Happy to have some new #riverfamily members.
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Can't wait to share more stories over the next few days as we head toward the Chetco and Klamath Rivers! #wildandscenic #wildriverlife #wildfortheowyhee

There seems to be a few @basecampbrewing beers missing. I wonder what happened... ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ•

2 Captions for this photo, both true.
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Jarbidge Falls is an ugly mess of "F you" rocks and must make zig zags. It has sieves, undercuts and wood. The crux is a folding hallway that sends you wide left toward a mass of logs. The portage is not far and has a good trail for most of the way. Pretty easy decision.
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Jarbidge Falls has a tight but well-defined route through large boulders, almost hidden rocks, Juniper and Pinion Pine drift wood. Like a good boulder problem in climbing, rapids like this offer kayakers a complex puzzle to figure out. While the danger is real, it's also very avoidable.
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3 out of 11 of us ran the falls on this day and sent the route almost identically. This technical boating reminds me of my childhood rivers in the desert - a long way from the padded bouncy rivers of the NW.

A typical turn in the river for the Jarbidge looks like this. Spectacular. Here Nate Moody paddles under the towering cliffs of riolite. --
The Jarbidge and West fork of the Jarbidge, with other creeks, flow into the Bruneau River. By linking both Jarbidge and Bruneau rivers, our team spent 4 days kayaking form tiny desert stream to raging river.
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Feasting every night, rock climbing at camp, running fun bouncy whitewater, stories and whiskey by the fire. What a fine life the wild river life is. ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ•

Shuttle in Owyhee County, Idaho. Boys on horses herding cows stop to ask if we know thier buddy, who also kayaks on the Wild and Scenic Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers. He's probably a cowboy too. A friend in our crew who grew up here says that locals never used to paddle, now it is just part of thier stomping grounds, thier landscape.
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We wait as they usher the heard around our rig loaded with 10 kayaks and continue our drive toward the snowy mountains beyond, where the river begins.
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#wildandscenic #wildriverlife

Morning run along the most harnessed river in the NW - the Columbia. We slept within a stone's throw of the water, with the train on our other side and the interstate up on the hill. The John Day dam spilled from the reservoir because of such high flows this spring and, I believe, a court order to help juvenile salmon get out to sea for the next stage of thier arduous life cycle.
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These are Native American fishing platforms. If you've never seen footage of thier precarious dance to retrieve fish, look it up. This river used to be the mecca for all tribes of the West, North, and probably even East. Trading for Salmon and the bounty of the NW brought together tribes that may otherwise be fighting.
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The river was, and is, the peaceful ground. We just have to let some rivers stay rivers to maintain that peace.
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On to Mountainhome, ID today! #wildandscenic

Can we just say holy road trip? We certainly dreamt of this tour as a nice big loop around the country. But rivers just don't behave that predictably. Some only flow certain months, others only when a dam upstream releases water downstream. Others we need permits to float. Some we'll join a commercial trip. All-in-all, it is a pretty twisted, zig-zag route.
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Still, pretty excited to think we'll be on the road in 2 days! (Now back to work while we have internet and desks here at our hosts @wetplanet ! Pretty sure we wouldn't have gotten through the winter without them.)
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#wildandscenic #wildriverlife #lifeontheroad

Come One, Come All! Tonight, April 11th, from 6 until 9, we're celebrating the launch of our road tour at @Basecampbrewery in Portland, OR. For more information about the event, find us on Facebook. @wildriverlife
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We'll have a free raffle with great gear from Yakima NRS and Base Camp Brewery. First 30 people get a ๐Ÿบ on the house!
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While we've already been getting after some #wildandscenic rivers over the last several months, this is really the beginning of our two year road trip around the country advocating for the W+S Rivers system. And check out Susan's great overview of our project at the link in our profile.
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See you at Base Camp!

A quick Queets River expedition - the packraft felt like the best craft for the trip. Start on tiny headwaters with portages around log-jams and end up here, on the banks of the Queets, a large river pulsing with run-off flow.
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We hope to have more time in these boats. So maneuverable, so light, so perfect for lightweight multi-day river trips. We'll hopefully be at the annual Packrafting Round-up this year in the Tetons! Looking forward to meeting more folks with #americanpackraftingassociation and @alpacka_raft!
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Thanks @colin_arisman for the great photo! #wildolympics #12wildandscenic

Within the watershed of the Queets River, there be giants. Our day fishing with our @badash_pnw, a stellar fishing guide and a member of the Quinault Indian Nation, quickly became one of my favorites on any river, anywhere - and we didn't even float.
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I snagged the winter steelhead that I'm holding in this photo, which was the only fish we took home that day. The only one we needed really. It fed our crew of 5 people for several meals. We caught at least 10 other King Salmons, a few wild steelheads, and more that were all easily double the size of the steelhead I'm holding in this photo. Astounding.
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What I remember most, was Ashley's perspective of the river's movement from beneath the surface. She described eddies and currents as if swimming through them. We boaters think about how it feels to float over these same hydraulic movements. New perspectives. #12wildandscenic #wildolympics

Our 11/50th Wild & Scenic River was the Sol Duc on the edge of the Olympic National Park. Technically, this river does not yet have Wild & Scenic status (Crazy!), but it is one of the highlights of the Wild Olympics campaign. We believe that by the time we are at number 50 on our list, this river will have been designated and protected for it's wild and recreational qualities.
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We hit up a local bar after the day on the Sol Duc to discuss plans with our crew and Tom from @americanwhitewater (the ultimate guide to the peninsula). Maps and beers and burgers and country music filled our evening before we made the drive farther south for our next day's adventures. Not an atypical evening, that's for sure.
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The rain poured as we drove south that night, but we were oh-so-dry-and-cozy in our #roadhome, Gilly. The perfect travel type for the wet and wild #pnw. #11wildandscenic

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