Rule No. 1 of a whitewater trip: rig to flip.
We sacrificed a little whiskey to the Salt River at the put-in as a show of respect. Not quite satisfied, she devoured our entire kitchen set a day later—pans, stove, fuel, cutting board, spatula, utensils, dishes, and even a fire pan my buddy was bragging about just a few hours earlier.
The last piece of equipment I remember seeing as I was floating feet first down Mescal Falls Rapid—and there were quite a few miscellaneous items in the frothy mix—was our poor, poor kitchen set, formerly rigged to my boat, now slowly sinking to the bottom of the Salt River like a dying ship lost at sea.
I reasonably expected a disappointed response to my minor mishap. But being the relatively gnarly dudes they are, my buddies actually seemed rather excited by the idea of a primitive wilderness experience.
So we lived like savages.
Forced to be creative, we cooked chicken and vegetables on tamarisk skewers one night. Then we started cooking brats and peppers over a makeshift stone grill the next night, only to get impatiently hungry and skewer every last brat in sight. We used a flat rock as a cutting board, and fashioned a spatula/serving spoon out of a piece of driftwood.
All in all, we made things work. And we had a damn good time while we were at it.
The best part? No dishes. Something to think about next time you’re cooking dinner for the family.
Any of you who follow along regularly (and I sincerely thank you if you do) might know how I feel about spontaneity. In short, you should be open to spontaneous possibilities at all times.
Well, a buddy called yesterday asking if I’d be interested in a 5-day Salt River trip starting Wednesday. You bet I am.
So I’m driving from Carlsbad, CA to Globe, AZ today:
If you have a second, check out the rapids we’ll be floating here. I’ll be sure to tell you guys all about the trip when I get back. In the meantime, here’s hoping you have something adventurous planned soon!
People start getting cabin fever this time of year here in North America. Well, the people who don’t live in sunny Southern California, at least (don’t hate me).
With cabin fever comes the insatiable urge to start planning your spring and summer. We are a forward-thinking bunch, aren’t we?
So with that, I’m curious what you have cooking. Anything big on the horizon? Please do share.
I’d like to bounce ideas off each other, swap insider knowledge, and really just find out what you crazy kids are up to.
Here’s what I’m hoping for this spring/summer:
1. Scale Mt. Whitney, if we can actually get a permit this year
2. Raft the Salt River in Arizona
3. Snowboard in Chile or Argentina. Better yet, both.
We do have one long-term plan we just started working on:
1. Around The World! (We haven’t told our family yet. Good thing they don’t read my blog.)
Have at it friends.