Our friends Nate and Kelly have a cabin along the Umpqua River in Roseburg, so Robert and I decided to join them there on our days off this week. We borrowed Gene and Penny's canoe, tied it up on top of the Jeep, threw our tent and camping gear in the car, and headed off for our two day adventure. When we got to the cabin Nate and Kelly weren't there so we thought we'd drive up river about 10 miles and float down. What started off as a calm, tranquil river soon turned into a very fast-flowing river with some serious rapids. Let's just say we were the only canoe trying to white water raft. We made it through the first set okay and thought we were in the clear, but by the time we actually got back to the cabin, we had been on the river for 4 hours and maneuvered our way through 8 or 9 (I lost count) more sets of rapids. I was sure the canoe was either going to tip or fall apart, but surprisingly enough we made it back with the canoe still in tact and Kai still in it!
On our drive back to Bend we stopped at Clear Lake and decided to paddle around in still waters:) In the ease and relaxation of that canoe ride, we decided to snap some photos (and save a butterfly that was drowning).