Andy, glad we can make a difference and Dino listens to our concerns. My original post was a heads up for everyone and I hope it made a difference on both sides.
I just got off Deso, ranger Jim was launching on his patrol trip, so younger ranger Ryan checked us in. The typical Deso check in, but a lot more relaxed. We had all our gear in tact, so it was very easy and smooth. He even notified us we didn't have to have spare PFDs on Deso anymore...good to know, but we brought ours regardless.
Boated all the way down along ranger Jim, bumping into him a few times. Always a cheerful guy. Saw a bear just below Mushroom and a different one at mile 44, munching on some berries.
Bugs were bad all the way to Mushroom, after that it got better.