Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 18 - 24 2014

                     Great week! We still have good flows on the Salmon and were able to utilize all sections that we have been running for the last few weeks. Great having Kathleen and Rose around who, while they didn't paddle, took full advantage of the area. Bruce Wear was in great form and definitely got the top dog award. My friend and ski buddy Bill Sullivan made the scene and it was a total pleasure catching up with him. Pippin and Mario kept us on our toes and we enjoyed the company of two new women (Kim and Danielle). Our amazing chefs, Therese and Miranda did not disappoint and I may weigh 300 pounds by the end of the season. I believe we delivered an amazing product this week and the only downside was that It appears many people think we don't have water so the groups are small. Admittedly, we are moving towards the Klamath but the water is wonderful and the quality of the experience is as superb as always. So if you are reading this and were here this year leave a comment on Facebook re same. We need some help filling our weeks!  Thanks for coming   P

Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 11 - 17

                     Very keen group this week and we had a blast with these guys! Wonderful weather and water and the cooks continue to amaze all of us. All river sections had excellent features and we are super pleased that the flows on the Salmon have been perfect. We only wish more people had booked earlier this year. Great seeing Clifford Schostal who has been coming here for 30 years as well as Peter Eisner who has been a regular for quite some time. This group was a stand out in terms of wanting to learn and I have to say that our final meeting was very memorable as a number of people articulated their appreciation for the whole experience and, in particular, the excellence of the instruction here. Thanks for coming!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 4-10 2014

                   It was a total whirlwind getting the lodge ready to open this year as we did a ton of painting, landscaping, remodeling etc. Due to last year's fire we had been closed for nine months so it took Peter and crew many months of 10 hour days to bring it back. Week one was an absolute blast despite some rain and lower than normal levels. We started on the section from Otter Bar to Norheimer and progressed to the lower salmon, Ikes, Presido to Sandy Bar, Creeks run, Butler and Nordheimer for our strongest paddler. Fabulous cloud , brilliant sunshine and chunky showers were the norm. The food this year was outstanding (many people claim it was the "best ever") and Therese and Miranda worked wonders in the galley. This week was truly a bit of magic never to be forgotten and the stellar instructional crew of Scott, Andy, Jess and Dn was super well received. We also have Deborah who is new to the massage house staff team and is a most welcome addition! She and Judy B will be doing the massage program this year. We will miss Bob Beaver, although he has been helping Peter with a major overhaul of our bike fleet. We missed not having Steve Rossberg here last week and had a memorial for him with those who knew him on Wed (see post on FB). Thanks for coming and love to you all.   Pictured above is  Rheim, Mellissa, John,Cat, Tim, Willy, Greg, Dn,Jason, Teresa, Asuko, Paul and Merida.  Not pictured were Andy, Scott and Jess