I am planning on taking my two kiddos on their first multi-day trip this summer (wife is coming too). They will be ages 2 & 4. So I am looking for options for a mellow, easy Class II trip that will also have decent weather. My dates are somewhat flexible. I have heard that the John Day from Dale to Monument might be a good option for an early to mid June trip.
The kids have already run quite a few day trips on the Santiam and Rogue, but this will be their first overnight trip and I want it to be a success.
Can I get a little feedback from my fellow buzzards?
These are the things that matter to me.
1) Class II tops. Maybe a Class III, but needs to be mellow to not freak the kids out just yet. They love what they call 'baby waves'! Plus, flat water is a good thing, more time to splash toes over the side of the boat.
2) Weather must be reasonable. Yes, weather is unpredictable, but no snow, and preferably warm enough for little protective clothing during the day.
3) Nothing longer than the 3-4 day range.
4) No overnight drive to the put-in. We live in Salem, OR and it must be within a days driving distance.
Feel free to suggest other runs that meet the above criteria. And please let me know if you have thoughts on the John Day - Dale to Monument section. That currently appears to be my top option.