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Reflections of Food and Water by Tom Meckfessel

Posted by on Jun 17, 2009 in Blog, Team Clavey | 1 comment

Reflections of Food and Water by Tom Meckfessel

I pretty much grew up in the “gourmet ghetto” of the bay area. When I was a child living in Marin I used to take trips with my mom over to Berkeley just to buy coffee from Peet’s or cheese at the Cheeseboard. I spent countless hours thumbing through Diane Kennedy’s “Cuisines of Mexico” and watching Julia Child cook on TV. I appreciated good food but spent more time watching my mom cook than actually cooking. That would all change when I started working as a river guide. Through a strange series of events I ended up working for a small river...

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Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator!

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Instructional | 2 comments

Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator!

I’m a big fan of the R2. Two people, one small boat, lots of harmony (lots of swimming). Don’t get me wrong, I like to row. I like the sole responsibility of taking my boat through the rapids. I like the ability to carry more gear, beer and food than I can possibly need for my time on the water. I like being able to carry people who can’t boat and dogs that can’t swim. I like the feel of a floating ’74 Country Squire station wagon when I’m on any river for more than a day. But I also love the R2 and here’s why: I’ve got a 12 foot Avon Scout....

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Dogs Love Rafting…

Posted by on May 6, 2009 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Team Clavey | 5 comments

Dogs Love Rafting…

Not my dogs. But I’ve seen big yellow labs having a great time on the water. When I proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes, I suddenly had an instant family: Two step dogs and two and three quarters step cats. The cats are no big deal. Feed ‘em. Pet ‘em. Clean up after ‘em. But the dogs are a different story. Nicole likes to take the little fluffy darlings with her when she goes up to the mountain, out to the beach, through the woods. And as Nicole and I have been having a great time out and about and on the water, she thought maybe we...

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Trip Report: Middle Fork of the Feather

Posted by on Apr 23, 2009 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 1 comment

Trip Report: Middle Fork of the Feather

Tom from Clavey did a 3 day run on the Middle Feather. This is a recap of the trip written by Robyn Suddeth. For more photos of the trip go to Clavey’s Photo Gallery. I had already made other plans for the weekend.My bags were packed and carpool was set for a beginner’s kayaking school on the Kern River, and I was even getting a great deal on the class (i.e. free).But when Scott A called up and said, “We’re trying to put together a Middle Feather trip for this weekend… you in?”I really only hesitated about a minute before replying, “100...

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If you’ve got a sweet Clavey Rig you don’t need a Ferrari

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in Blog, Gear Reviews | 1 comment

If you’ve got a sweet Clavey Rig you don’t need a Ferrari

If that sounds pretentious, it’s because you don’t already have your own sweet Clavey Rig pimped out on your own 15′ Avon Expedition, Aire 156R or NRS E-150. Because if you did have your own Clavey Rig, you would know that the only thing it’s missing is tinted windows. Let’s start from the beginning, from the water up, so to speak. Let’s take a look at a recipe for what we believe (humbly) is the “can’t be beat”, best multi-day rafting package ever created. Begin with a 15′ raft like the Avon...

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