Today we ran the South Fork of the Smith river, it's an inaccessible wilderness run. The run is 13 miles long with 4 or 5 class IV rapids. The approach was over and hour and a half drive through mountains. These carnivorous Pitcher plants are native to the area and were prevalent in the lower section of the river.
We ran the Middle Fork Smith River, here's us scouting some rapids from the bank. There's me going down it, hard to see whats going on, I'm trying not to bang my paddle on all the rocks!
Later on we came to a class IV section, we noticed some head to body size rocks sliding down the slope. Before we could discuss it we were in the rapid and a SUV sized boulder tumbled down the slope, bounced and landed in the middle of the river, right where we were headed. Ten seconds different and we'd been dead, no question. I scrambled for the bank and chipper got himself stuck on a rock. This was a near miss. We camped by the river and I heard more slides in the night.
Faithful blog readers, I'm on the road. Kayaking and rock climbing with an ultimate destination of Joshua National Park. I'll have the computer and the camera, I hope to post from the field. (this is totally someone elses photo)
Slayer group heads and their boilers. Pre-heat tanks in the background. That Pre-heat tank is really what makes this machine special... plush looking so cool.. and being a hand crafted piece of art. Timeless. Am I gushing?
Smells like Slayer brewing with rockstar coffees. I'm getting spoiled by the depth of coffee quality hanging around me. Ethiopia is supposed to problematic, yet I'm surrounded by it's beautiful coffees.
I know I'm guilty of making mistakes. I'm also guilty of handling it poorly when people around me do. Recently, I was granted a serious credit by a friend after fucking it up for real. It's difficult to learn from the actions of others. I constantly remind myself, like a kind of credo; "pay attention, learn from that". Still, it's tough. There's no more effective way to learn than by trial and error. Like so many cats around candles humans flail through life. And despite the severity of some life's most powerful lessons, we often burn our paws again and again.