My apologies to the fine folks at the forecasting center. I doubted the river would break 10K. The level was 13,400 as we launched Saturday, before noon. The rain had stopped and never so much as threatened all weekend.
I've never seen any river that dirty. It was much darker than any chocolate milk. A 3 gallon dish bucket left close to an inch of sediment by morning.
I've aslo never seen a river drop that fast. The water was licking the 4x4 post at little hole camp as we arrived. You could practicaly watch it recede. By morning it had dropped fully 2 feet in elevation.
I think the dark color made it seem a little bigger than it was, but 8K is what we had for the rapids on Sunday. Our trip consisted of 4 rafts plus me in a kayak. Everything was straight forward, but I do think the color made it look more intimidating. The swirlies were present here and there, but the big eddy fences that form in the teens were not. There really was not much surf, at least for me. The wave right above little D was easy but slow. The huge waves at the top of Big hummer as well as last chance looked great, but proved elusive.
All in all it was a gret trip, but I'll take the lower water play or the higher water challenge over 8 grand anytime.