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The Gearboat Chronicles

Salmon sunset

Here’s a recipe for a quick and easy night on the river when there’s no place you’d rather be.

Find a remote, picturesque river. Go there. In this case, we’re using the Lower Salmon River in Idaho. Mix in a bunch of nice people. Unfold camp. Whip up kebobs on the grill with fresh fruit and coconut milk/chocolate fondu for dessert. Let sit. Add mind-blowing sunset. Enjoy. Realize there’s no place you’d rather be. Serves a large group.


We had an armada of kayakers on this particular Salmon trip, plus special guests: my mom, niece Emma and photographer David Jensen.

Here’s what the beach layout looked like during the groovy sunset, when every camera on the trip got exercise.


As everyone was running around taking pictures, I overheard somebody say this was great because it was impossible to take any bad pictures with light like this. Well. I proved that wrong by taking this blurry image of Jensen the photographer while he was occupied with taking non-blurry pictures.


For reference, here’s what a pro does. That’s a Jensen capture of Ma Rombach and niece Emma getting a refreshing dose of Salmon River water droplets.

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The Wet Planet kayak school folks took a jet boat ride at the end of our Salmon excursion. Here’s Ryan Copenhagen and Clay Lucas lashing down the boats.


And here’s a look at a visitor to camp who was curious about what was going on. Good times, Toad. That’s what’s going on. Good times.