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Old 06-23-2018, 08:26 PM   #141
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We made it to Roosters stop #2 and a band to boot, this might be our last. Way to many choices on the tap menu.

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Old 06-24-2018, 01:41 PM   #142
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Glad you guys are having fun up there. It's a great stretch of river, very scenic, easy to navigate except for getting into your dock there. Too bad the owner got into a pissing match with the Corps. That's a battle you can't possibly win.


Looking forward to seeing you on your trip back down. I had another Klondike bar in your honor last night. Still 4 left and I'm hoarding those.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:10 PM   #143
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A few more pics of our bar adventures.....
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:29 PM   #144
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Hell's Canyon Excursion

Yesterday we loaded up and took a jet boat ride into Hell's Canyon. It was a fun ride for about 5 hours. The boat is 34 ft long with 3 Chevy 350cid engines with Hamilton jets.

The jetboat company provided lunch at the Forest Service entrance to the Canyon. There were fruit trees and grape vines. The Crusty was also on the search. For what, no one knows!!

The further up we went the narrower the river. Once we passed the Salmon River, the Snake River became very narrow and fast. We continues up through rapids and fast water until we reached the Nez Perce Crossing:

https://www.nps.gov/nepe/learn/histo...ar-history.htm

This was an awesome place. See the picture next post that explains it.

We used this jetboat company. We liked them because it was a small family operated company. We would recommend them.

https://snakedancerexcursions.com/
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Here are some more pics to include an old range marker from the early 1900s.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:40 PM   #146
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Last of the pics to include the Nez Perce crossing. Unbelievable the way they crossed!!
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Yesterday we loaded up and took a jet boat ride into Hell's Canyon. It was a fun ride for about 5 hours. The boat is 34 ft long with 3 Chevy 350cid engines with Hamilton jets.

The jetboat company provided lunch at the Forest Service entrance to the Canyon. There were fruit trees and grape vines. The Crusty was also on the search. For what, no one knows!!

The further up we went the narrower the river. Once we passed the Salmon River, the Snake River became very narrow and fast. We continues up through rapids and fast water until we reached the Nez Perce Crossing:

https://www.nps.gov/nepe/learn/histo...ar-history.htm

This was an awesome place. See the picture next post that explains it.

We used this jetboat company. We liked them because it was a small family operated company. We would recommend them.

https://snakedancerexcursions.com/

"The Crusty was also on the search. For what, no one knows!!"

My guess would be a 'Diet' of sorts.

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"The Crusty was also on the search. For what, no one knows!!"

My guess would be a 'Diet' of sorts.

You know Al, “I represent that remark”!
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:19 PM   #149
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I think that's the same company whose boat we took that same trip on. Great scenery and a great ride but it kinda spooked me when he'd run on plane 2'-3' from the rocks at the edge of the river.


Thanks for sharing the pics. BTW ,we may have to change our plans for the 4th. They changed the location of the fireworks light off place so our plans may have to be adjusted a bit. I'll do some checking and let you guys know.


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Old 06-28-2018, 11:34 AM   #150
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No worries. We should be in Tri-Cities on Sunday if we don't ground out trying to leave this marina.
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On our way back down river, man, I really like this “Locking down” option! Spending the night in Boyer’s Park.

Cheers all!
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Locking down is a piece of cake. It's like being in a bathtub when someone pulls the cork to drain it.


Have fun at Boyer. See ya in a couple of days. The ribs are thawing as I type this.
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Wifey B: In one trip you'll go from lock virgins to lock sluts. Seriously, just go in prepared and locks are nothing. Sounds like a great trip. We wished when we were there we could have gone further. One day we will.
Wifey B: I told you guys so. Locking is easy.

I'm like the proverbial chicken crossing the road. Why did wifey B go through the lock? To get to the other side and I must always see what is on the other side. Not letting a silly wall with gates keeping me from seeing it. I hate dams that don't have locks.

If we could have had locks on the Catawba River, we could have one so far and not been dammed in on one lake. We could have gone from Western NC and the mountains to the SC coast.
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We are now at Fish Hook Rec area. Tri-Cities tomorrow afternoon. The lock today was a wild ride. The lock operator pulled the "BIG" plug in the tub!!!! It seemed less than 10 minutes once the door was closed!
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A few Pics from Yesterday
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Your first photo is of an activity I've engaged in many times. Welcome back to civilization, such as it is.

Give me a shout when you're back at the Port docks.
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On our way down river on the Columbia. Tri-Cities was fun and I would highly recommend Clover Island. Nice day for a cruise. Thanks again to GFC for a wonderful 4th.Click image for larger version

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Well sorry for the double pics. That strange. Posted from my phone.
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Tom, got your text and it will be done. Thanks for doing the "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" thing with us. We really enjoyed the whole afternoon/evening with you four.


Boat safely and have fun.
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The end to an awesome trip

We left Hood River yesterday with 35mph winds on our bow. The wind surfers were having a great time, a little choppy for us, but it wasn't uncomfortable. As useful as it seems with down locking, Bonneville delayed our lock down by 45 minutes. I would have to say that out of all the 8 dams and locks, Bonneville is the worst.

We are leaving in a few hours for our winter dock, while Pairadice returns to Portland to start preparations for next summer's trip south. We will miss them a lot.

I am sure Crusty will add a final word here with stats and such. It was an interesting trip and fun with our friends. We met fellow TFs along the way who treated us like royalty. Would I do it again. Probably not for a very long time. The biggest disappointment was Hell's Canyon Resort in Clarkston, WA. The City of Clarkston needs to take over that operation.

All in all it was a fun trip and an awesome time with our friends, John, Tracey and Patches. ASD will truly miss these fine folks who we have the privilege to call friends.
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