It started off great when the camp hosts invited me in for breakfast and we sat and talked until after 8, which was an hour later than when I wanted to start. It was already hot out but I only had a 17 mile day.
I only got 8 miles in and I was getting off the freeway back onto old high way 10 an a truck stopped and a girl stuck her head out and asked me what I was doing. I told them about my walk, and looked back and saw their rafts. I said how jealous I was and the girl turned back into the truck, and then turned back to me and asked if I wanted to come! They had an extra spot. I thought about it, because I am behind where I want to be, and I really need to catch up. But then I reminded myself why I am out here, and I said yes!
We loaded up BMW and a guy, and girl sat in the back with me while we drove down to the river. They were all super cool, and the girl driving was working that day taking a man and his kids down the river and the other girl was photographer, and the guy had the day off, and was just going to raft by himself.
What a great day, we rafted down the Clark Fork river in the Alberton Gorge. We hit some class 3 rapids and I loved every second of it. Saw another Bald Eagle and and stopped at Fish Creek for lunch. When we were done, they took me back to where they picked me up and I walked for another hour until Mike came and picked me up, my next host for the next two nights. What a crazy day! Half of awesome rafting for free!!! Thank you guys!
Mike and him wife Annette are ranch folk that live on 10 acres and have a grumpy dog that doesn't care for strangers. They are great! They still check to see what is on TV by looking in the newspaper. I didn't even know they did that any more! hahaha. Annette is a great cook, we had spaghetti for dinner with some garlic bread and cake for dessert.
I went to bed pretty early, I knew tomorrow would be a long day in the rain.