Wow, I guess I was one of many thousands of happy fingered people anxiously awaiting the 7am release of those coveted May 31st and June 6th launches on the Selway.
After checking my permits options at 3:30am like any dedicated rafter does, I was amazed to see that there were two
Selway permits available. Greedily I clicked on the first one I could get my mouse to. Only to be informed that the permits were only going to be available at 10am EDT or 7am PCT (my time). Heading back to bed with the alarm set for 6:45, I anxiously awaited my chance at the coveted prize. Of course not before checking the other 4Rivers permits and at least securing a Hells Canyon launch on the 23rd
With my mouse in hand and computer screen set to the Selway river permit page I dutifully began clicking the "Book Permit" button at about 6:58 just to be sure I didn't click too late. Seems like others were doing the same, since the availability of the permit flickered out and came back as others were told they were just a little bit too early. Sadly, the permits disappeared in between furious clicks never to resurface.
Congratulations permit winners. Maybe next year. Or better yet, invite me on your permits!
(I'll keep the Hells Canyon launch as a salve for my forested river dreams that have been dashed this night.)