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We stayed in White Salmon last weekend and the Sunday Oregonian had a front page story about the blasting of the 80 year old Condit Dam…to aid fish habitat on the White Salmon River.  The dam had caused the formation of a “lake” where a river had been…Northwestern Lake, as it is called.

Since we were right there, I slipped into intrepid-girl-reporter mode and we set off to catch sight of the dam…  As you can imagine, they won’t let anybody near it

so we went to Northwestern Lake to see how it looks…the dam hasn’t been removed yet, but they’ve begun increasing the spill and the lake level has dropped dramtically leaving docks and property owners high and dry:

A big business in the last 15 years has grown up around the white water sections of this river

and others nearby (The Klickitat is an especially dramatic river ride Jennifer said…several people killed each year).  We headed to the bridge at Husum to check the action and arrived in time to see a raft that was finishing a portage and then shoving off

but the REAL fun happened when the kayaks arrived…there were four:

the blue boat and the red boat immediately took the portage and got back in the water

and then we noticed that the blue boat guy had a camera on his helmet

and we saw that we had a drama!!  The guy in the white boat in a funny outfit went first

and according to OUR narrative this was all for the yellow boat…fancy boat, fancy outfit, photographer at the ready, same result!

oops…so we headed up to BZ Corner to discover views further upstream

A fascinating afternoon…