|Our Trip Leader.|
On friday the 20th of July we drove over to Ben and Sherma Higgs house and loaded their boat onto our boat for the trip down the Lower Salmon River. Everything went as expected and we were back home and finishing our final preparations by 9 pm. It is a known fact that the Bennett's generally prepare for their trips days before they actually leave. So we just had to do a few things and get to bed.
|Sherma and Linda at put-in.|
Early Saturday morning we drove over and loaded into their truck and left at about 9 o'clock. We drove down to Whitebird and then over the bridge to the Hammer Creek river access. The launch ramp was not crowded and we were able to get on the river quite easily. We floated down found a beach on river right near Woodruff Gulch, at about about 5.5 miles. We had nice dinner of cold pizza and watched the sunset.
|Pictographs on day two.|
|The ladies examine the paintings.|
That evening Linda prepared a wonderful dinner of lasagna in the Dutch Oven. It came out very well and everyone ate so much we almost couldn't have any dessert. I did say almost, didn't I? We were tired and in bed by 9:30 PM each night. The sun and heat really tires you out in the canyon.
By this time morning routine was always the same with the exception off this morning. I went on a mission and found a patch of black berries and came back with about a half gallon sweet, juicy berries. The rest of the trip my breakfast consisted of Almond Crunch cereal five spoons of yogurt, and a handful of berries.
|Fresh blackberries every morning!|
|Five bass for dinner.|
The next day we swept through all the numerous class two and three rapids, including Snow Hole and China rapids. Each one was fun and we bumped on through with no problems. Our camp for the night was directly across from Rock Beach in the area below Billy Creek. We had hey dinner off fish tacos which very good. We talk to fish locate during the float down.That evening Ben and I caught five bass and we fillet them out. The Higgs prepared fresh fish tacos for our evening meal.
|Our birthday Girl.|
The next morning we left the canyon and the Salmon River. On the Snake River things become a bit more noise and not quite as clean. Jet boats and the people who use them tend to not take as much care of the river, so the Snake River beaches are not as clean as the Salmon's. You also have to put up with the big, loud boats speeding by. Our observation is that two in ten jet boats slow down when passing rafters. Not a great average.
|Ben and his boat.|
We camped just above the information center at Cache Creek Ranch about mile 63 on the map. Our final dinner was a Dutch Oven meal of Mac-n-cheese with Brats. How can you lose any weight eating like we do each night. That's part of rafting!
|Smacks before dinner, with drinks.|
|Three toads f#^&$*~.|
|Band of thieves.|
|Mini lobster tail. Ouch!|
|Sherma refreshed her crib skills.|
|Black berries every morning.|
|For Dennis. They don't bite.|
|Higgs floating the Black Canyon.|
|On the Snake River.|
|Snake river sheep.|
|The last supper.|