My back continues to be a big issue in my personal and professional life. But, I did get out and kayaked a river a few weeks back. I was at Green River Lakes, Wyoming in the Windy River Mountains (Wind Rivers) and ran a three mile class 3 section of the Green River just below the Roaring Fork. The day was sunny and warm, the river was medium-high, but the water was still clear and blue. White and gray granite boulders dotted the run and green willows lined the banks. the run went very well, except for getting turned around backwards at the start of the first rapid. Not too bad considering I hadn't been in a kayak in 2 years, but kinda pathetic considering I used to run class 5 gnar. Wow, I just realized this is my 20th year as a kayaker!
I had been up there camping with my wife, kids and my parents. We camped for 2 nights, fished for a day, canoed across the lower lake and did a nice hike up Clear creek.
The views of mountains from lower Green River Lake are truly amazing!! Square Top Mountain is up the valley, dominating the view, with Flattop Mountain at it's side. There's beautiful pine forests on the south shore and sagebrush hills with Quaking Aspen on the north side. The lake water is clear and cold, but seemingly devoid of fish...at least while we were fishing.
I got to log some hammock time with my girls, cooked some smores after dinner and sipped some Wyoming Whiskey with my dad around the campfire.
The mosquitoes were active and out in force, but the sunsets were phenominal, and a few bites was a small price to pay for the scenery and the company.