2014 New Years Day Float on the Sandy River
January 01, 2014 at 12:42 PM
OWA’s annual New Year’s Day Paddle could not have asked for a more beautiful start to 2014. In spite of unusually low water levels, sunshine, blue skies and friendly smiles filled the river with fun. Cfs levels under 1,800 made for a more technical run for the Sandy River’s, requiring low water level skills and serious rock dodging from put-in at Dodge Park to take-out at Oxbow Park. River guide, Julie Nathe upped the ante with a pirating snatch of Vet, Chris Gray out of Shane Testerman’s raft. To finish a great day on the water, DAV’s Don Smith supplied us all with hot steamy pulled pork to go with a fantastic buffet. Thanks Don and all contributors, we all appreciate a plate of great food around the fire.
Special thanks to Val Shaull for coordinating another successful paddle and for all his hard work in providing and transporting rafts. Thanks to OWA for hosting this awesome traditional float and Team River Runner-PDX volunteers for their support. A shout out to eNRG’s, Sam Drevo for running safety and Dan Alsap for running shuttle. And our thanks to DAV Chapter #1, VFW Post 180, NWRA, Reed College and all of the volunteers that make this event happen.
Submitted by Cheri Holman & Julie Nathe