I'm just hoping that last summer was an anomaly. I've been doing the Main Salmon for about 10-12 years, and while yellow jackets are always present, they've never been the horrendous swarms that people were describing last summer. I wasn't able to go last summer due to injury, but my group went in late June/earlyJuly, and they reported no swarms or issues with yellow jackets. The only time we've had issues was in 2007 when we floated thru the fires. The smoke made them aggressive, but didn't increase their numbers. Fingers crossed that last year was a fluke.
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb