KLAMATH RIVER RAFTING WEEKEND
May 24-27, 2002


We met and camped at Sarah Totten Campground in Klamath National Forest, 35 miles west of I-5 on state route 96, just west of the confluence of the Scott and Klamath Rivers. This was to be a Family Trip and we had 11 kids, aged 5(!) to 12 vs. 12 adults. There was also a sweet, gentle female Rottweiler. The idea was to run an "easy" river that would be suitable for young children. IMHO, the adults to children ratio of 1:1 was pushing it a little. These were really young kids and the river was not that "easy." Fortunately, we had no mishaps except for one swimming mom, Ravenna.

The Klamath is technically rated Class II+/III-. On this particular weekend, the river was full (~3000 cfs) and I would rate it III- with a bullet: few eddies, a couple of tricky little drops that weren't easy to read/run and a stiff up-canyon wind that added up to make it pretty challenging. We read everything from the river and scouted nothing. Steve captained the lead boat both days and thanks to him for doing a great job - only one swimmer, a grown-up.


The Crew

Dads Bill Juan Ron Walter Angelo
Moms Mary
Vicki Ravenna
Lixa
Kids Danny & friend Megan Jenna Alex Nikki, Krissa Preston, Royal

Others Steve Giuseppe Markie The Hound


Put-in

Snow-capped peaks of the Marble Mountains
Getting the kids to help inflate the rafts
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Nikki
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OMG, whadda Hambone
Put-in can be boring for some
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Mary
Careful with that knife, Mary!!
Like I said, put-in can be boring for some
PFD: Puppy Floatation Device
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They can hardly wait

Lunch

Pull out for lunch
I love river picnics!
Juan clowning around
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Chow down
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Mellow river
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On the River

Mary
Rollin on the river
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Captain Mary reads the river
Kids enjoying some riffles
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Captain Juan and his unruly crew
Avast!
We're movin'
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Floating into Seiad Valley


Seiad Valley

Evening by the river
Dawn by the river
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My camp by the river
Morning walk along the river
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Madrones
Marble Mountains
The kids are ready to go
I think she'll grow up to be a guide
Kinda young for boating, yet
Royal
Danny goofing around with his pal
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Not one bit camera-shy



China Point campsite

Evening at China Point
The river life can be good
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