Hey Hal, believe it or not, I think I remember you, the name anyway. Has been every bit of a decade ago, blast from the past so to speak.
Indeed, since I rowed the grand in an aluminum Mckenzie dory in 2000, I fell in love with the Briggs, and like you took Brad's class as I wanted my own "Gaily painted eggshell" as a friend on last year's grand trip called them. Is damn near killing me not to be able to row her, and do little more than look at her.
A guy who was in Brad's class from ID keeps telling me to come up to ID and do the lower Salmon, but that's a looong way to go for low water
Good to hear from you, and yes, praying for snow, or a Grand trip next year. I missed the deadline for the lottery as I was in Brad's class at the time, so hoping to beg onto someone else's permit this year.Would love to boat with you, PM me your contact info and I'll do the same...