Well, it was another weekend of eeking out more from summer here in Calgary as Mikey and I guided our first friend trip down the Kootenay River! We did a test-drive of the river with some family members earlier in July (recap of that epic weekend here) which made us extra excited for our trip with some friends, Jon and Karissa and Jon’s brother Nick and Barb. This group of 4 was our highest fundraisers at Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs’ annual curling bonspeil, so their prize this year was a trip with us! Karissa was unable to join so our brother-in-law, Craig, joined us for part two of the river and the Ropers and us had a great time adventuring together!
Here are some shots from what a weekend on the river looks like:
Car shuttled, boat loaded, people ready to go on a river trip!
After putting on the river at 6 pm, we made it to camp around 8 pm on day 1, unloaded gear, set up camp and got into warm clothes! A fire and dinner were the priorities. On the menu? Shrimp stir fry with coconut rice!
S’mores and good talks around the fire…
Rain gear can’t dampen our excitement at a snack stop.
Morning breakfast was an egg scrambler with hash browns, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and asparagus – french press coffee on the side!
…with a side of some wolf prints. Saw a wolf on the river in July and saw another one (looked like the same one near the same area) on our drive out to the river this time in August!
After jumping in the water – I love doing life with this man!
Warming up again and enjoying camp on our second night on the river – a beautiful place to hang out for several hours!
Exploring side rivers and damming them!
We woke up to such a gorgeous morning mist – barely captured in these photos but wonderful to soak in as the day began.
Shots around camp.
Good morning! I’ll be your cook! Pancakes with bananas, peaches and strawberries were on the menu this morning.
On the river for our last paddle out!
…an awesome group. 🙂
We saw some truly incredible spots along this river – and all in our own backyard here in British Columbia!
It was so great to get behind the back of a boat again and get our hands on those paddles as guides! My raft guiding certification was cut short when Mikey was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and we left YD Adventures where we were working as guides and came back to Calgary for treatment. Ever since, even though I’ve progressed as a kayak guide, I’ve been scared by the rafting, left a bit intimidated about the process. We both guided together at the back so we could help move our heavy boat and so he could give me pointers and by the second day I was happy to take the reigns! It was a great experience – here’s to more trips with friends and family as guides!
One of the funniest jumping shots!
All in all, it was a great weekend and gave us another chance to soak more out of summer! Have you ever been white water rafting? Would you go on a multi-day river trip, or if you have, what’s your favorite memory from the trip? Thanks for the fun weekend, Ropers and Craig (and for the extra pics, Barb)!
Off to meet my sister-in-law for a coffee before some back-to-back clients today! Live well & be well,