Main Salmon is a permitted stretch of river administered by the
US Forest Service. It winds through 90 miles of the Frank Church
River of No Return Wilderness. Plenty of Class III-IV whitewater,
beautiful sandy beaches, a Grade-A hot spring, and pioneer historical
sites make it a classic river trip.
We had a dozen people in four rafts
and an inflatable kayak. There were some long-time boating companions
and some new faces. It’s good to have new people along on
a trip, it lets you retell the old war stories your regular boating
buddies have heard a dozen times!
and Liz are dear friends who have shared trips for years.
Dave has many things about him that make him a boon boating
companion: he’s an EMT, a skilled boatman, and he’s
as full of it as a Christmas turkey. And he alone has something
no one else has – The Hat! When he found it by the side
of the road years ago it was already a sweat-stained, battered
felt vision. I tell you, any red-blooded male would give pert
near anything to own a hat like this. I believe The Hat was
responsible for Dave and Liz getting married. When they were
still dating, the raft flipped and Liz snatched The Hat right
out of the hands of the River Gods as it was going down for
the third time. I think right then, Dave said, “She’s
special joy for me was having Genetha Merrell in my boat.
At 86 years young, she’s an inspiration, living life
to the fullest and going for the gusto! She’d been on
other trips with us but this was the longest and she had a
had our share of thrills, spills, and laughter. After almost 30
years of rafting, layover days have gotten to be about my favorite
part of a trip. On this one we were out for eight days and two of
them were layovers! Those days when we didn’t move camp gave
the high-energy types time to hike, swim, and cliff dive. The laid-back
types (like me) got to be lazy, read, and work on perfecting our
items on the trip that worked great were our NRS
River Wing and the NRS
MaverIK inflatable kayak. The Wing got pulled out the
first night at the Corn Creek put-in and set up in the dark,
just ahead of a driving rain. It went up at just about every
campsite, protecting us from rain and sun – a perfect
outdoor living room/kitchen combo!
The MaverIK was on the water the
entire trip, with the young folks competing for turns in the boat.
Robert, who no kidding has interviewed for Fear Factor and is on
a waiting list, loved the thrill of the IK and (probably) driving
his mother, Liz, nuts with his daring!
Great folks, great memories, great trip!