Wednesday, June 24
The air temperature climbs into the 90s today, and highs of 101 degrees are expected for the weekend. Nevertheless, the crew and I are comfortable in our shady campsite. Gotta’ love dry heat. I run the fan in the ceiling vent for about a half-hour when we come inside for the night and that clears out warm air.
It’s nice sleeping with the windows and door open.
When we wake up in the morning, the birds seem to be inside the Best Little Trailer singing to us.
“I have a surprise for you two,” I announce to Bridget and Reggie as we set out on a late afternoon walk around Humbug Campground along the Breitenbush River.
Earlier today I approach a fellow camper.
During the week there are only a few over-nighters at the campground.). I asked him if he knows a place where you can get down to the river. The banks are very steep all up and down the Santiam and Breitenbush Rivers in this area. He says that he does know a path and it starts right here in the campground!
He shows us and that’s where the crew and I are going this afternoon.
The first part of our descent toward the river is easy. The sound and glimpses of the river lure us.
Then we come to the steep part. The ground is loose gravel. Reggie, being so light and also possessing the recklessness of the young, scampers down the trail (photo below).
“Well, Bridge. It’s time to make gravity our friend.”
I sit down and together we scootch and slide to the bottom.
On the way down I dig in my heels to stop and take a photo. How’s that for dedication to this blog, eh?
“What a pretty color! Gosh, it’s beautiful here! I can’t believe it!”
“C’mon! Let’s get in!”
I step in with my camera ready to record the fun. Bridget follows.
Without hesitating, Reggie marches in, too!
At this time of day light is harsh and shadows are dark. Reggie is bleached out in the photo above. I’m dancing around trying to keep my shadow out of the photos, holding on to the tether, jiggling the camera with each shot, and having fun in the water with the crew. I realize picture quality is pretty low in this post. Let’s not notice that, okay?
In the bottom of the photo below you see a rock ledge under water. Beyond that the water looks to be twelve, maybe fifteen, feet deep or more. Where we wade is comfortably cool. I imagine it’s very cold out in the deep water.
Reggie doesn’t sit still for long. Too much fun stuff to sniff!
“Oh, no, stay out of there, you two.”
Bridget and Reggie nap nearby. I’m reading Jinx Schwartz books. Light, funny, and just right for a summer day. I think this is the fourth one I’m into now. You can read reviews at this Amazon link and decide if it’s your kind of book: Just Add Water (Hetta Coffey Series, Book 1).
Bridget and Reggie come out of the water.
They’re wet up to their bellies, bright-eyed and happy.
“You ready to climb up to the campground?”
Make that crawl up to the campground . . . on all fours.
What a fun day!
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