Corn Creek, our launch point, is almost a 2 1/2 hour drive from the town of Salmon, Idaho. We are already 25 or so miles downstream from where Lewis and Clark turned back, deep in the canyon of the River of no Return. The first day on the river is short, and the rapids are nice warm-ups for what is to come. We hit camp early, to allow plenty of time to get settled before a hearty meal and an evening of campfire and stars. The following days we set a routine of breakfast around 8 AM, followed by packing up, loading the rafts and hitting the river by around 10 AM. We float for about three hours, then take an hour or so to break for lunch. We float for another few hours before stopping for camp. Evenings are a great time for exploring the canyon, lounging around, fishing, hiking, swimming, or socializing.
By now, the river has usually worked its magic. People have shed their workday tensions and settled into the easy rhythm of the trip. The group comes together through the sharing of the excitement of the rapids and the beauty of the canyon. The last night often becomes festive, with skits and awards commemorating trip events and individual personalities. It can also be a reflective time, as we talk of the trip and how we will remember it. The last day is a short one on the river. We hit takeout about noon, where we have a good-bye lunch and get people on the road early. Everyone takes the two hour bus drive as far as McCall, a beautiful mountain town on a lake, where the motel room will seem awfully small after sleeping under the stars on the River of No Return.Those who drive have their cars shuttled to McCall, while those who flew will fly on to Boise late in the afternoon.
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