Floating a river is one of summer's best and most relaxing adventures. Tie some inflatable rafts together, pile your friends in, don't forget to strap down the cooler full of beer, and you're set. All you gotta do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Yakima River flows through central Washington's spectacular basalt canyons. Typically by the end of summer the river isn't very deep, nor does it move very fast. It's even ranked as a class 1 river, which is the easiest and safest of river runs. So yes, all you moms out there, even though we were having a few beers, we weren't doing anything crazy. :)
The water was a bit chilly, and the sky was mostly overcast. With a high of 68F and four hours in the gusty wind, we landed on the far shore a tad worse for ware. All 10 of us (half-naked) boys were cold... some a bit cranky. We had all camped the previous night at a frosty 6300ft, but the frigid float was enough to send some of the boys home soon after returning to camp.
Garet broke out his specialty pudgy-pies for dinner (thanks for the new irons Doug!!) and the remaining happy campers enjoyed some beers and our spectacular, unobstructed view of the AMAZING stars from high atop Table Mountain.