Topic: Longest Day
Today is the longest day of the year - the hours spent just before leaving on an adventure. In about 10 hours my son and two of my old friends are leaving Ohio for a 5-day float fishing trip on the Salmon and Snake rivers in Idaho/Oregon/Washington. We're launching from Hammer Creek on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho and floating through Green,Blue and Snow Hole Canyons on the Salmon before entering Hell's Canyon on the Snake River and taking out at Heller Bar in Washington. The trip will take us through the deepest canyons in North America. My son will be floating with me in my raft while Doug and Mike will be in Doug's raft. We've studied river maps, inflated/deflated the rafts, added extra D-rings and clips for dry bags, checked rods, reels, line and lures, arranged camping gear, etc over-and-over during the last couple weeks and finally the day has arrived to begin our trip.
We'll spend a week roaming the Tetons and Yellowstone and Glacier parks before we launch our rafts for the float. We're expecting some cool evenings while camping as the weather predictions for the Tetons is mid 30's at night. The last time I rowed my raft in Idaho (5 years ago) the trip produced some new songs and I'm hoping the road trip and float will inspire me to pen some new tunes, plus I'll have a couple weeks of Chordie posts to peruse and a lot of catching up to do when I return.