Columbia River Trek--July 2009

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Lunch stop at Ginkgo Petrified Forest Lunch stop at Ginkgo P...
Rest stop at Dry Falls (WAY bigger than Niagara-just no water) Rest stop at Dry Falls...
Our camp overlooking Lake Roosevelt Our camp overlooking L...
Is that some bad weather blowing in??? Is that some bad weath...
Laser show on Grand-Coulee and lightening show above Laser show on Grand-Co...
A soggy, cold start to the trip A soggy, cold start to...
It was cloudy and raining most of the morning It was cloudy and rain...
But the weather broke by the time we found a campsite But the weather broke ...
Day 2 was clear and sunny Day 2 was clear and sunny
We rafted-up, hoisted the sail, and cruised while the wind lasted We rafted-up, hoisted ...
A great place for canoeing practice... A great place for cano...
...and a great place to camp ...and a great place t...
There was time to think... There was time to thin...
...and time to swim ...and time to swim
Sand castle building instruction by the master Sand castle building i...
He seems to be reliving his childhood?? He seems to be relivin...
Then the tide came in.
(refer to "a great place to camp--notice the land bridge is gone) Then the tide came in....
The boys decided it was better to move the tent The boys decided it wa...
WOW, how does mom get that clean?? WOW, how does mom get ...
Ben gets his turn in the kayak Ben gets his turn in t...
Lone pine island.  Grand Coulee-36 miles, Chief Joseph-15 miles Lone pine island. Gra...
You find shade where you can.  It's not raining or cold anymore You find shade where y...
Rocky-Flats is our multi-day campsite Rocky-Flats is our mul...
We worked on Canoeing merit badge We worked on Canoeing ...
and worked... and worked...
and worked... and worked...
and worked...but got most of it done. and worked...but got m...
There was time for napping There was time for nap...
The desert has it's own form of beauty The desert has it'...
Mmmmm, pancakes! Mmmmm, pancakes!
A praying mantis A praying mantis
The intrepid adventures The intrepid adventures
The non-adventurous card players The non-adventurous ca...
That's a big cougar trak That's a big coug...
The adventurers find an animal den. Do you think it's dangerous?? The adventurers find a...
Is this picture upside down?? Is this picture upside...
It's easy to feel like you're the first one to ever be here It's easy to feel...
Our group on the river Our group on the river
Side trip across the river to explore Side trip across the r...
Habitat restoration project Habitat restoration pr...
What a place to experience nature at it's best What a place to experi...
Ready to go for our final push to the end Ready to go for our fi...
Mitch and Eric Mitch and Eric
Ben and Jake Ben and Jake
Carson Carson
Eric and Larry Eric and Larry
Quinn Quinn
Self-portrait of the river-rat Self-portrait of the r...
'General ground-squirrel' the marmot 'General ground-s...
All the guys ready for a tour (no cameras allowed past this point) All the guys ready for...
Chief Joseph Dam -- Spillway to the left, penstocks center of picture.  If you're ever here, ask to see A.J. Jensen (Best ranger anywhere!!) Chief Joseph Dam -- Sp...