Saturday, September 09, 2006


Instead of a computer screen this week I'll be resting my eyes on the rushing flow of a river.

I leave tomorrow to go whitewater rafting down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, through 100 miles or so of Wilderness.

The river was also named the River of No Return by early trappers because its whitewater made it impossible to navigate back upstream. Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery went overland rather than run its rough waters.

I do intend to return.

Back in a week.

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Blogger floots said...

(no deliverance adventures though) :)

9/09/2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

What a beautiful place! Sounds strenuous and exhilarating--get back safe! I predict your
mind and spirits will be in a much better place.
And it's about time you got some fresh air...

9/10/2006 1:05 AM  
Blogger GoGo said...

What a fun site I've found. I'll be back. Safe and fun journies down the river.

9/10/2006 2:51 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

Oh, I love that river. Happy rafting!

9/10/2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Floots, there will be strumming guitars but hopefully no duelling banjos! Thanks!

Firebird, yes, I hope there will be no smoke. Thanks for your good wishes!

Gogo, welcome! Thank you for your comment.

Dale, it's an incredible place, isn't it. See you next week.

9/10/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

OMG, is this the same Salmon River that flows into the Columbia River near the WA/OR border east of Portland? If it is we were just there today! And, the steelheads were jumping like crazy in one area! It is a pretty amazing river. So is the Columbia River Gorge area. If I can ever post photos again on my blog, I may have some good ones from this recent outing.

Have fun. Let me know what part of the river you were on! Bring us back some pics. Is there anything you DON'T DO, Miss MB?! *smiling*

9/11/2006 12:03 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

OK, I have answered my own question! I learned that the river to which I have referred is actually the White Salmon River - not the Salmon River. It originates around Mt. Adams in WA, I believe. :)

Be safe, have fun, and do your best to stay in the raft!

9/11/2006 2:35 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

So fresh and free: energy in the river, the stillness of water-carved hills and trees. Breathe in the air, fly with the tumbling current, sleep with the stars... you'll come back strong (from all that rafting!) and restored (by all that beauty).

9/11/2006 6:22 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

....ahhhh...what could be better...but i am a tad bit jealous...

have fun!

9/11/2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I'm enjoying imagining you rafting down this beautiful river. Looking forward to the poems that spring from the journey. Wishing you a fantastic time.

9/11/2006 2:11 PM  
Blogger Firehawk said...


Ah, another trip! Lucky, lucky. Hope you have a great time.

9/11/2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I'm expecting lots of river poems...enjoy.

9/11/2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Have a blast.

9/11/2006 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great trip...It sounds wonderful.

9/11/2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

hope i'm not too late to wish you a wonderful trip... i'll miss you, but it will give me time catch up on what i missed while i was away. safe and magic travels to you!

9/13/2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger rdl said...

Looks wonderful, have a wonderful time. Glad I clicked on you today, blogrolling hadn' updated you.

9/13/2006 2:33 PM  
Blogger chuck said...

Living on the river: about as good as it gets!

Have the time of your life...

9/14/2006 1:21 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Of course, by the time you read this, you'll be back. Hope you had a wonderful time, got rejuvinated, have lots of pictures, songs and poetry!!

9/14/2006 6:32 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Has your hair dried yet?


Hope you've had Great Big Fun.

9/17/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger MB said...

I didn't get eaten by bears ;-) and what a nice thing to come home to all your good wishes.

Sky, this is the Idaho Salmon River that flows into the Snake River and thence to the Columbia River.

Brenda, thank you for your good thoughts.

Michelle, thanks. I did have a good time.

Robin, thank you. I'm looking forward to some of those poems, too.

9/17/2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Firehawk, I consider myself very fortunate.

Patry, when I go on these trips I'm like a sponge, and it all surfaces later, eventually.

Dave, thanks, it was a good trip.

Never too late, Snowsparkle! Hope you had a great trip, too.

rdl, thanks. Blogrolling is a mystery to me.

Chuck, you would have loved this.

Pat, thanks so much. Good trip, good to be home.

Lori, I think I'm still drying out! Between the whitewater and inch of rain Friday night, everything is wet...

9/17/2006 6:03 PM  
Anonymous yllstonewolf said...

AH!!! so here IS my answer about where you'd gone. what a completely lovely trip it seems!

9/20/2006 9:39 AM  

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