Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 6 - 12

                        Pictured above are Rex Richardson, Miles and Petey who were, as always, amazing on our final party night. Fantastic attentive group that bonded incredibly well and seemed to have the time of their lives. We specialize in this at Otter bar but it doesn't always happen to this degree. Scott Harding, Andy Round and Soph were on their instructional game and our wonderful chefs, Therese and Miranda once again spoiled us rotten. The Klamath is a wonderful teaching river and it is a treat to have it pretty much to ourselves. It was a blast seeing Jack Kyman return again and his daughter Lena was a delight. Likewise we enjoyed seeing David Dow again along with his daughter Erin. It had been 16 years since Jeff Depew and Trish Hayward had visited and I believe they had a total blast! We also hadn't seen Steve Webster in 9 years and it was pretty cool to see how he ramped his skills right back up after such a long work jag in The Apple. Fun having some new folks as well! Helena was pretty shy and retiring and hardly ever said a word but...  Ok - she was a bit of the life of the party - we loved her. And everyone. Appreciated the inclusion of Prasasta and Vajin at the last minute. Thanks for making OB a reality guys!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

June 29 - July 5 2014

Small but wonderful week with some fast learners! All sections on the Klamath were in and fantastic. The diving on Wed PM was amazing and I believe everyone saw fish! I was a pleasure having John Kretzler return and the the rest of the group were all first timers. Joe Kinner came with a solid skill set and was super serious about ramping up his skills. His dad was super human driving 44 hours to bring Joe down afrom Seattle and then pick him up at the end of the week. Too bad no one was from Seattle! We missed having Howard Torf the last night but it was great meeting him. Skye Ellison was something of a beginner but was combat rolling by the end of the week. Her dad, rafting legend Jib Ellison, joined us for the last couple of days and was a blast to have around. Calvin and Sandi were new to OB, as well, and were a wonderful fit with the group. It was kettering's last week and we will miss him. Andy Round also held court in the instuctional program. Therese and Miranda as usual were spectacular in the galley. Thanks for coming!!