The Klamath River
The Klamath originates in Oregon, but travels across Northern California before emptying into the Pacific Ocean.
Some Scouts posing with Bigfoot
We met up with our river guides in the town of Happy Camp, California. This part of the world has more Bigfoot sightings than anywhere else and Happy Camp is famous for its life-size statue to the creature.
Our group departing on the river
We chartered an outfit called Orange Torpedo to take the 30 of us about 36 miles down the Class I to IV rapids of Klamath over three days!
In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful rivers in the state and apart from our group we rarely saw another soul. The weather was pretty good apart from some initial rain, but the river was a balmy 65° (18 °C).
I had gone down the Klamath back in high school, but at that time, they only had giant several person sized inflatable rafts. This trip, they had individual inflatable kayaks, which were even more fun.
Andrew on a calm stretch
Kristine taking on a more challenging section
The whole family had a swell time. Probably one of the more fun trips we've had as a family.
The rafting made for some fun days and the camp life at night hanging out with the others in the group was fun too.
Improvised camp golf course on a Klamath sandbar
Great fun, great company, great scenery, and great nature. We saw at least five or six bald eagles, multiple osprey, river otters, turtles, birds, and fish. But the thing I think I enjoyed the most was no work, no shaving, no worries, and the extreme relaxation.
Self-portrait, vacation day five
Everything was beautiful, including my wife – who would be appalled if she knew I was posting this photo, but I think she looks great all the time...
Next up, our final days away...