This is a video of the Lower Columbia Canoe Club’s annual Sweetheart Paddle in February. This year the event was held on the Lewis River, which because of heavy rains was running at 10,000 cfs. The river was big, flat, and moving. The day itself was very wet as the droplets on the camera lens will attest. Be sure to watch to the end to see the first public appearance of the LCCCC–the Lower Columbia Canoe Club Chorus in action.
Greg Davenport coordinated a great trip of 16 boats on the Clack on the last day of June–and contributed some of the stills I used in making the video (see the shots at the end after the raft). Level was 1400 cfs. I’ll try name everyone that was there: Bill Jordens, Audrey Bergsma, Ted Housen, Kathy Cody, Russ Pascoe, John and Matt Loozer (in the Blast and from Idaho), Eric Lindenauer, Ed and Bennett Kornbrath, Chris Watson, Gerry Orr, Denny Egner, Chad Price, Greg and I.
It was a small tribe that headed to the McKenzie for our annual weekend there, but enthusiasm and a perfect 950 cfs made up for anything we lacked in numbers. In fact, I wouldn’t mind being right back at the put-in at Olallie right now.
Curt Peterson, Murray Johnson, Denny Egner, Patrick McCarty, Audrey Bergsma and I headed to the Wilson on March 5 to run the elusive DLF section of the Wilson. It had just spiked from rain the night before to the perfect level (3,600 cfs). The snow on the banks added an extra degree of beauty and when you looked up, the snowy mountains made it simply a wonderful day to be on earth and water. As the music I put to this video suggests, the things the human spirit needs are free. Enough preaching to the choir for this Sunday.
A week after I posted the last Clack video, even more canoeists joined me for another run. In solo canoes we had Chad Price, Greg Davenport, John Murphy, Murray Johnson, Audrey Bergsma and myself. In a tandem we had Bill Jordens and Alan Douglass. Patrick McCarty and Rob Blickensderfer in their kayaks rounded out the group. I caught a lot of great action, and Greg even got a video of me running Toilet Bowl. What saddens me is what I missed. I captured a capsize of the tandem, but should have kept filming. Alan rolled up with a from-the-water assist from Bill, who then climbed back in the boat. They also later pulled off their first combat tandem roll. (We won’t talk about the lame move they made that flipped them … whoops, I guess I just did.)