River Adventure Part 2

I woke up at 6:20 today because Ilikea and I are driving out to Swasey’s Beach in Utah to pick up the field staff and help them unpack all their river gear. It is always exciting to be able to view the beautiful landscapes that we encounter on the road from Colorado to Utah.

We made it to Swasey’s Beach right on time at 11. At first we were a bit concerned that it was the wrong boating dock, but I hopped out of the car and asked a woman and she confirmed that we were at the right place. I then walked around the crowd of people, searchingĀ for the Deer Hill staff, and low and behold, they were hiding behind a stack of three boats. I let them know where we were and they advised me where Ilikea should park the truck/trailer and we began to carry the gear to the trailer. I helped put the life jackets into a large mesh bag and carried any materials I could find to the trailer so the staff could pack it up. I helped Ilikea and the field staff deflate and fold up the three boats, which required us to sit on the boat to release the air and fold it up. We tied them up and carried them into the back of the truck. The packing only took about 1 hour so we were out of there by 12:30 so we began our journey back to the basecamp.

Once we got back to camp, Ilikea and I helped the field staff unpack the trailer and take out the boats. I helped carry tables and coolers to their destination and I helped wash all the the PFDs (life jackets) in a bucket of simple green. I then hung them all up on a rope so they could dry overnight. We worked until around 6 pm, just in time for dinner. I helped Ilikea and Alex finish cleaning up the gear and we walked down to dinner. We had salad, chicken, potatoes, bread, fruit and brownies. This was my longest work day, working from 7am – 6pm.

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