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Jul 30, 2017

Salmon River!
last update: 07/30 @ 22:49

Back from a great trip to Idaho: ~90 miles paddling, 6071 driven and 3 weeks with no work worries! Many more photos in three pages of the vacation section.

Jul 28, 2017

Traditional Birthday Dinner
last update: 07/28 @ 08:59

I got back to Alexandria early Thursday morning (about 2:30). So we celebrated Robert’s birthday dinner at Los Tios as we have for several years.

They have the best birthday sombreros!

And very tasty food as well.

Jul 24, 2017

Early Rafting Pictures…
last update: 07/24 @ 23:41

… Or the most unexpected pictures…

Someone will have to correct my spelling (and I’ll update this post) — thank you Robert.

Sarah and I were talked into buying an inflatable alligator (later named Gary) to take on the trip. But Robert decided klawboautoman the lobster was more stable.

Sarah preferred Felecia the Flamingo (there may be stories about her flight and recovery when the main posting goes up).

And Annie managed to tame Gary the Gator (mostly).

Which was good because they all were towed through some fun rapids on the Lower Salmon last week.

All the inflatable critter riders reported having a good time. Robert, perhaps, the best time if for no other reason than he was mostly able to stay out of water. It was “refreshing.”

But an excellent counter to the hot air.

Everyone (rafters, hard boaters, IK1ers and inflatable critter riders) had a great time. While the weather was hot, it could have been hotter; the water was cool and high — but not too high.

Of course, for the bigger rapids, the pool toys (inflatable critters) were strapped to the rafts (which made the rafts extra fun to look at).

More later when I join Robert and Sarah who are already back in Alexandria.

Jul 22, 2017

last update: 07/22 @ 10:33

Robert is now, officially, a teenager!!!

This is from our drive out to Idaho; we stopped a Devil’s Tower (after watching Close Encounters before we left.

This was all the Park Service had on hand recognizing the role Devil’s Tower played in that movie.

Happy Birthday Robert!!!

Jul 03, 2017

A little tune up…
last update: 07/03 @ 20:17

The weather was nice (hot but surprisingly dry) yesterday so we took our water craft to the Potomac.

Robert has outgrown his sit-a-top kayak (we’re pretty sure) so Sarah give him a ride on her paddle board.

With a Salmon trip coming up, we expect he’ll get a chance to try out a ducky and decide if that’s the next boat for him.

Robert got in the canoe briefly and looked pretty good; Sarah got in and pronounced it tippy. I don’t think it’s any more tippy than her SUP.

Jul 02, 2017

Beach trip
last update: 07/02 @ 12:29

Sarah and Robert are back from Assateague Island. They joined the annual 4th of July trip this year. I’m saving up my vacation time for our Salmon trip.

They said it was really windy and a bit cool — frigid compared to last year’s oppressive heat.

The wind kept the mosquitoes down. And being a week early meant a bit less crowded. but not actually being there for the fourth.

But in exchange for missing the fireworks over the beach (Ocean City is close enough to see), they saw a cool rocket that planted huge, colorful clouds in the night sky.

Night sky, sorry, no pictures. But it sounded really cool.

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