Advantages of Working For The Man

Over the Easter week, The Man needed me to visit the company office in Oregon. The conversation went a little like this:

The Man: ‘I need you to visit the company office in Oregon.’
Me: ‘What? You want me to go to Boating Country, USA, in the middle of their spring kayaking season? At a time when I need to buy loads of gear? When the dollar is really weak? To a place where I have great boating buddies and the weather is nice?’
The Man: ‘Yeah, would that be possible?’
Me: ‘I don’t know; it’s a big ask…’
The Man: ‘I’d really appreciate it, and it would help push the company’s revenue over $1 billion this year.’
Me: ‘OK, I’ll do it, but on one condition, The Man… Only if I can take a week off when I’m there…’

So I flew out a week early to Portland, Oregon, to hang out with Christie and Austin, boaters we paddled with in Italy last May. The town of Hood River, about an hour east of Portland, is in the Columbia River Gorge at the confluence with the Hood River (duh), and it’s a bit of a kayaking mecca (snowboarding mecca, kiteboarding mecca, a mecca for everything really, except perhaps Islam).

The first day out, myself and Austin ran the Green Truss section of the White Salmon (Green Truss Bridge to BZ Corners, if that helps).

Portaging around Big Brother…

I didn’t get too many photos this day, as Austin likes to push along at a decent lick, and I was a lot concerned with not losing sight of him in the boulder gardens.

This section seems to be their equivalent of ‘Trooperstown to Lynhams’ – dependable, routinely-run. Except, you know, that it runs year-round, with crystal clear water, and has fabulous, big clean drops, blah, blah.

Bloody Americans are spoiled, I tell you…

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