Yeah, Nor Cal is where you want to be that time of year, although you might find access to some of the classics still closed by snow. Nonetheless, there is always something good in CA, especially Northern at that time. For some more beta on creek runs there check out www.caliproduct.com
. Also, the guys who run that show live in Arcata and it sounds like youll be in their neck of the woods so you might be able to run into them somewhere....sick paddlers and fun to party with.
Im coming back to CO from the southern hemisphere soon, and if I cant land a pass job to get a month or so of turns in, i might try and meet you out there as I would love to revisit the area, some friends and paddle some super quality Nor Cal shit at a time of year when you DONT want to get stuck out in the tick infested woods overnight in the freezing rain with nothing but a space banket between 4 people. Trust me.