South Silver at really, really, really low water
So there we were sitting in Coloma, CA sweltering in the 108 degree heat, and somewhat bored out of our minds. We had just finished our first lap down Upper Cherry Creek and were waiting for Bill to get back from France so we could go back in for round 2. We had heard that people were still doing South Silver so we headed up there one evening to beat the heat.
We were very skeptical about the extremely low flow, but ran into 2 guys at the take out who had just done the run and claimed it was worthwhile, so we went to the put in.
Me trying to figure out how the hell to avoid contact with that rock at the bottom of the slide
I had only done South Silver once before and the water was relatively high then--because that's how those damn Beveridge brothers like it. During my first trip, we were all worried about getting worked in the hole at the bottom of Autobahn. Despite the speed we picked up on the slide, the hole was big enough to be a formidable obstacle to our downriver progress. This trip was quite the opposite. Don and I were worried about how to not hit the giant rock that makes the hole at high water! Well, we both hit it, but they were glancing blows and we were on our way.
Here's Don finding some deep water in Skyscraper.
Me bouncing my way down Off Ramp. I'm lucky my boat didn't break on this one!