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“Quality Hanging Out Time” on Fish Creek

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Blog, Places | 0 comments

“Quality Hanging Out Time” on Fish Creek

The entire time frame of an adventure can be broken into bits and pieces and, in particular, dots that mark significant turning points. There is always a first dot, the starting point, and a final dot, which marks the end of your journey. Each decision you make (another dot) often has a profound effect upon the remaining dots yet to be made. If your adventure involves kayaking or rafting, your journey normally ends as expected, at the final dot, someplace known as a “take-out” or access point along the bank of a river. In a small clearing we...

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Trip Report and Boat Review

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Blog, Clavey Tours, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

Trip Report and Boat Review

My daughter Raini and I led 7 hearty souls who braved the rain on Sunday for a trip on the Petaluma River. In a constant drizzle and rain, we paddled through the marsh and tidal sloughs. The marsh is a fascinating place to explore, with signs of life everywhere. Route finding is very critical though, take a wrong turn and you’ll find yourself in a dead end. And you’ve got to pay attention to the tide as it can leave you high and dry very quickly. On this trip I decided to test paddle the Delta 15.5 After spending a couple of hours...

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Tuolumne river days and nights, Part III: a night in the Log Jam

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Tuolumne river days and nights, Part III: a night in the Log Jam

Some memorable times on the Tuolumne river–see the previous post to catch up on this story: My early days on the “T”, part II Part 3 A night in the jam The Rusty Sucker was back. But it barely made it through the logjam to hook up our train of rafts. The Sucker got about half way through the log jam before halting. From my perspective near the middle of the raft train, all I could see was Jethro and Ricky Bobby arguing, the iron rod alternating between clearing logs, pounding on the motor and being used in a threatening...

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Sawyer Lights Wood Oars – Review

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

Sawyer Lights Wood Oars – Review

For over twelve years, I had been rowing a 14′ x 24″ cat with 9′ composite oars. Last summer, I decided it was time for something smaller, something a little more lively and playful. The choice was an AIRE 13′ x 19″ Wildcat with a set of 8′ Sawyer Lights Wood Oars. What a difference wood makes! Well OK, the Wildcat, another story, is a big part of the difference, of course. The Sawyer Lights, though, are a total surprise! After so many years away from rowing wood oars, I’m happy to be back. These oars...

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The Clavey Half Box, Dry Box – Review

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

The Clavey Half Box, Dry Box – Review

For most of my guiding career I rowed 18’ Avon Spirits with slant board frames. We would pile coolers and rocket boxes on the front deck and then cover them with a myriad of dry bags containing everything from cast iron fry pans to black bags full of melons. In the rowers compartment we would hang water jugs and propane tanks. The rear was loaded with so many black bags I could not see over my shoulder. Everything was tied down with 1⁄2” hoopie and once loaded resembled the family truck heading out of the dust bowl in the Grapes of Wrath....

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