This trip begins like many of our outings. There were long discussions, plan alterations and finally commitment. I will try to provide a broad but brief description and let the photos tell their story.
My wife, three boys and I departed for Happy Camp California on July 23, 2010: Our destination – The Klamath River. We spent three glorious days on the river challenging class I – III rapids. Although this was not a private trip, there was only one other couple who joined our party of five. As luck would have it, the gentleman was a retired forest ranger and a wealth of knowledge.
The Klamath River provided us with many vivid visual, olfactory and tactile memories. Every day presented many opportunities which included wildlife sightings, river play, side hikes, confidence building but above all, the family bond. Our days were never rushed and our two guides (OARS outfitters) were second to none. Although they catered to everyone in the group, special attention was placed on our boys (10, 6 and 4 year olds). As the end of our river trip arrived, the boys were already asking, “when can we do this again”?
The second part of our family trip took us directly from Happy Camp California to Sedona Arizona. Although our accommodations improved to the usual creature comforts, we did spend four days doing day hikes in the Coconino National Forest. This leg of the trip proved to be physically demanding but nothing less than spectacular. The outings included Cathedral Rock, Slide Rock Park, Devils Bridge, Oak Creek Canyon and Broken Arrow. It is safe to say that not one of us had trouble sleeping at night.
Our trip officially ended on July 31, 2010. During this expedition, I witnessed much beauty and many firsts. Sharing the experience with my family is more than I can ever verbally express. This journey is one that I truly treasure as a husband, father and friend.