Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 6 - 12



                        Pictured above are Rex Richardson, Miles and Petey who were, as always, amazing on our final party night. Fantastic attentive group that bonded incredibly well and seemed to have the time of their lives. We specialize in this at Otter bar but it doesn't always happen to this degree. Scott Harding, Andy Round and Soph were on their instructional game and our wonderful chefs, Therese and Miranda once again spoiled us rotten. The Klamath is a wonderful teaching river and it is a treat to have it pretty much to ourselves. It was a blast seeing Jack Kyman return again and his daughter Lena was a delight. Likewise we enjoyed seeing David Dow again along with his daughter Erin. It had been 16 years since Jeff Depew and Trish Hayward had visited and I believe they had a total blast! We also hadn't seen Steve Webster in 9 years and it was pretty cool to see how he ramped his skills right back up after such a long work jag in The Apple. Fun having some new folks as well! Helena was pretty shy and retiring and hardly ever said a word but...  Ok - she was a bit of the life of the party - we loved her. And everyone. Appreciated the inclusion of Prasasta and Vajin at the last minute. Thanks for making OB a reality guys!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

June 29 - July 5 2014

Small but wonderful week with some fast learners! All sections on the Klamath were in and fantastic. The diving on Wed PM was amazing and I believe everyone saw fish! I was a pleasure having John Kretzler return and the the rest of the group were all first timers. Joe Kinner came with a solid skill set and was super serious about ramping up his skills. His dad was super human driving 44 hours to bring Joe down afrom Seattle and then pick him up at the end of the week. Too bad no one was from Seattle! We missed having Howard Torf the last night but it was great meeting him. Skye Ellison was something of a beginner but was combat rolling by the end of the week. Her dad, rafting legend Jib Ellison, joined us for the last couple of days and was a blast to have around. Calvin and Sandi were new to OB, as well, and were a wonderful fit with the group. It was kettering's last week and we will miss him. Andy Round also held court in the instuctional program. Therese and Miranda as usual were spectacular in the galley. Thanks for coming!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

June 22 - 28 2014






           Another small week but a delightful group! Really appreciate Jack and Maria making a return visit this year after being here last year for Steve and Michele's wedding. Maria kept us entertained all week and one can get radiation burns if you stand too close. Also really appreciate Tom's return visit as well as the addition of Steve and Rick. They were first timers here at OB and seemed to really have a blast despite some coolish weather and a bit of rain. We started the week on the ponds and section of river in front of OB and moved to the Klamath which is a bit of heaven with wonderful flows and fantastic scenery. Scott Harding and PK once again delivered as did our five star culinary staff of Therese and Miranda. Having such a great staff makes life so pleasant and easy for the management team - we love and appreciate them all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 15 - 21

A fun week at Otter Bar with another very game and interesting group. We were joined by four people in inflatable kayaks who learned lots of technique in the course of a week. We talked these guys into starting in hard shells for the first day only. This facilitated an awareness of hull performance and helped the learning curve. Kurt and Tristan were the stars this week and we so appreciate them coming back this year. Many of our regular clients did not come this year due to water level concerns. We fortunately have the Klamath 15 miles away and it has been fantastic for learning with great water levels and friendly warm water. The food has been 5 star  and the lodge and grounds are looking spectacular this year with most dinners outside. Very gregarious crowd this week and the vibe was fantastic. Sorry that Brandon and Ryan had to leave early. They were two of the strongest beginners we have seen in years and even taught themselves other side rolls on Wed. Speaking of which we did another afternoon of diving on Wednesday and the King salmon didn't disappoint! PK, Dave Farkas and Scott Harding did an amazing job instructing this week! Thanks for coming!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June 8 - 14

        A much smaller week but a super sweet and interesting group of people! Matt Oliva joined us Tuesday and was a great addition. It was an honor having him here as his work in Nepal and Ethiopia restoring people's vision is profoundly generous! Really enjoyed having Claire, Andrew, Cathy and William here as well - they were all fantastic. Wonderful paddling on the K this week and on Wed afternoon I took the group diving at leaning tree and everyone saw King salmon! Stunning clear water in the loveliest of gorges. A great week was had by all with PK and Dave Farkas leading the charge on the instructional front and Therese and Miranda killing it in the galley! Thank you all for coming

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 1 - 7 2014

A week full of surprises and a wonderful group of people made for a super memorable time! We had an itinerant couple stop by out of the blue and play some captivating music with a violin and a standup hammer dulcimer (not sure I have that description right - see photo on FB) and we were all stunned. In addition we had a stellar hooping expert (Nicole Bradford) in our midst and she performed magic on several evenings including Mexican night when she had live flaming hoops. We had the fire dept standing by (guide with blanket) in case she caught fire. Great seeing Brian and Heidi again as well as Bill, Sheryl, Robert, Linda and Joanne. That crew did a little boating on the way here and put the peddle down on the adventure meter.  Sal Jepson showed up a day late as she was just returning from Madagascar. She rallied pretty quickly and as ever we are so appreciative of all the vet advice! Nice having Bob Andrews back again and we had a new couple, David and Kay from Arizona who were a very welcome addition. Frank Colver was on the scene with his latest electric trike and I was less than thrilled when this 79 year old was doing doughnuts on the newly manicured beach. He always make quite a go of exploring the high country via forest service roads and as always he was very generous on all levels especially with his flute music. The guides and cooks were on the money once again and thank you all for making this such a memorable week!

Friday, June 6, 2014

May 25 - 31





                      I recognize that the superlatives in these posts is generally borderline over the top but the learning and commraderie was exceptional. "Old Home week" with a bunch of new (and much younger) friends was a huge success! "The Ferg" didn't disappoint and paddled his best week ever as well as bringing the best beer ever! How he spoils the guides! It was Henry"s birthday and Kristy organized a wonderful wine tasting extravaganza complete with wine expert Gabe. The dinner was tres fancy (complete with special menus), as well, and hats of to K on this one. Several mega repeats said it was "the best week ever" and this felt awfully good to hear! Pete Peterson and Jim Mikeska were in their usual irascible form and Top dogs Mike and Leslie ripped it up all over the place and the river is showing bruises. This was a sensational week with a stellar guide staff, cook staff and of course the upper level management was never missed a beat... well maybe a couple. So great to have so many new folks, as well. Business looks bleak for many remaining weeks which is odd considering we have the best water and flows in all of California with no other people on the river. The Klamath rocks for teaching all levels and we feel profoundly lucky to have it only 15 miles away! We are still on the lower salmon, as well but probably just for one more week. Eating outside now and it is truly lovely here. Thanks for sticking with us!