Friday afternoon it finally started raining and it did not stop. The river levels and frequency of precipitation has been meager, making 2015 one of the worse winter and spring run-off seasons in 20 years! I decided to spend the weekend paddling my home run the NF Nooksack River in Glacier, WA. As much as I had been looking forward to the forecasted record high flows, I knew I would have to be smart and exercise good judgement. When I arrived at the river it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. The river was raging a thick chocolate like liquid, all the rocks were covered forming some massive holes. Fortunately, I was able to get on the river with my friend and paddling partner Josh Larsen, we paddled that surging ocean of a river to south of Glacier as we were chased downstream by trees and rocks, it was a truly surreal experience.
Even the tributary creeks were raging thick liquid clay!
We felt very small as we paddled!
The power of mother nature never ceases to amaze, inspire, or humble me.
It was a day unlike any other and if I had to choose one word to summarize it, it would be: WILD! One aspect of kayaking I'm very intrigued and attracted to is big water. You learn to flow with the river and make your moves accordingly, you're not going to overpower it so you must work with the river feeling and listening to the water, to each wave, to safely maneuver through the chaos. It ended up being a combination of the best humbling, wild, and soul engraining experiences I've had; I couldn't stop smiling! #shegoes