Launching on the South Fork of the Noyo River (newly named Candy Cane Lane) below the Egg Taking Station.
Jeff and Chuck take turns leading. Chuck says exploring a new stretch of river is like opening presents . . . something new and maybe even a surprise around each bend.
Cate reminds Jeff that she doesn't like surprises and is happy to let Jeff and Chuck open the presents.
An almost perfect flow made for easy and safe down river travel.
Cate in her Eskimo Starlight Kendo aka The Mermaid Boat.
Glacial green water.
Banks lined with ferns and mossy trees and candy cane striped ribbons - notice there's one on river right.
Fish counters for the Department of Fish and Game counting salmon and monitoring stream conditions.
Of course Cate finds mushrooms.
Jeff scouts the thick, willow, and bramble portage option.
Chuck assesses the over the log portage route.
Chuck is all smiles as he got to open this present.
Everyone was happy with Cate's starlight boat selection for the day - lightweight and fast.
Tourists have asked us, "How far up the river are our sea caves?" We reply, "Sea caves are in the sea, but there are definitely some brush caves up the Noyo River."
Chuck looking for salmon - we were excited to see 6 during our run.
Another Limbo Log.
By the 12th limbo log of the run . . .
Cate was laughing her way under them.
This was not the case in the beginning of the run as she threatened to portage them all.
Candy Cane Lane?
We saw these Candy Cane Ribbons all along our run marking where salmon surveyors have seen salmon redds.
A hawk monitored our antics.
Willows - our favorite form of riparian vegetation (NOT).
Too high to be a limbo log but look at all the trees knocked down in this section by a storm last winter.
Skunk Train Trestle and regular spot for seeing American Dippers (aka water ouzles - small birds that walk on the bottom of the river foraging).
Lunch at Matson's Hole just above the estuary section of the Noyo River.
Going with the flow . . . 475 cfs + ebbing tide=downhill boating.