It was epic. It had been raining some all week so I was out on the creeks starting on Thursday. We paddled Bobtail Creek and then Richland Creek that day. It really rained hard Thursday night so we ran a second-time-ever creek called Bear Creek on Friday All I can say is that it was the most intense day I've had in a long time....class five in the same class as Lake Creek.....the first 1.5 miles drops at over 300-400 ft per mile then settled down to about 200 ft per mile. Alot of wood, blind drops...hair! Very remote Ozark gorge. We put on before 10:00 and I thought we would be done in about 2 hours over the four mile section and only took one water bottle and one power bar. I finally got back to the truck at 5:00....very tired and hungry and glad to be alive.
Then went to Richland campground and camped. It started raining...rain some more....all night and all day Sat. Hard rain! The bridge at the campground went under water at 9:00 that morning and we didn't see it again till late that afternoon. The road was washed out on both ends of the bridge and we had to move big rocks into the washout to use the bridge the next day. This was a 50-year flood.
All we could do on Sat was build a big fire and drink beer all day waiting for the creeks to settled down. Paddled Richland on Sunday at high water and then tried to go home but the roads were a mess. I got stuck in the big 4x4 truck and had to be winched out. Drove around LR yesterday looking like a studly man in the muddy truck.
More rain forcast this Friday.......
Oh yea....JB wasn't there as he and Diane are in Italy. Haha.
gh....Diane is doing very good. She stayed at home to do some work-work all weekend. Just as well as this was some kind of sloppy camping in the rain. I hope you had a good trip to Cali. Was this for a clinic or just river-running?