Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 20 - 26

We had some cooler weather late this week and it felt a bit like late winter. The levels dropped late in the week accordingly but all of our usual runs stayed in. A great group of folks made it easy for the guides (Kettering and Grum). Wonderful seeing Steve and Erin again and their was no shortage of banter this week! My ski buddy Bill Sullivan showed up and it was fun catching up. Bruce Wear biked and boated, styled all the runs and was a pleasure to have here. Amanda Tucker probably could have picked a later week but was a terrific sport and was very flexible re our creative approach to keep her on the right water. We had a lot of laughs with this crew! Thanks for coming.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 13 - 19

Our second week of the season was a continuation of spectacular weather and flows! A bit too summery, really, but there were no complaints. All sections are in and part of the group did end up on Butler towards the end of the week. Dan and Mary are killing it in the kitchen and Jess and Daan were beyond superb on the river. I know this is a lot of superlatives but... you had to be here. Great seeing Merida, as always and the addition of Paul Popovich for a second week was a treat. Long standing client Cifford Schostal made the scene again and his wry humor and constant medical advice were MUCH appreciated. We also had the delightful Peter Eisner and Miguel Flores make return appearances and it was great to meet Scott Mackenzie. Frank Colver made a cameo mid week and he will return in late june for a week of electric motor cycle riding and pack rafting! It was a super fun week! Thanks for coming!  p

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May 6 - 12

Opening week at Otter Bar!! We had a strong group this week with superb weather and flows. We were initially concerned that the warm temps would bump the river too high but the cold nights kept the river at optimum levels and an amazing time was had by all. Multiple trips to Idlewild this week as well as Matthews creek and the lower South fork. It doesn't get much better here at Otter Bar. In addition, our new cooks Mary and Dan were a huge hit with all of us as, not only does their food rock but they are great fun to have around! Great fun seeing Steve Rossberg, Rheim Jones (sorry we missed you in the above photo), Paul Popovich (he's even staying for a second week) and Jeff Donaldson. Jim Kilkenny was new on the scene and while he was kind of shy and quiet he was fun to have around. We also had Jay Anderson and Donna Poggi who biked up a storm and we were super appreciative of their help on the boutique. Graham and and Andy were the gurus for the week with able help from Dimas Pino who was a fantastic new addition! Thanks for coming!!