2010 Tax Relief Float
April 10, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Trip Report: Tax Relief Float 2010
Lower Deschutes, April 10, 2010 • Submitted by Tom Hanson
The annual Tax Relief Float was held on Saturday, April 10th at our usual venue, the float between Harpham Flat and Sandy Beach on the Deschutes. This is a great stretch of water with three Class IV rapids and a number of roller coasters. April is also a good month for this float since the summer crowds are absent. This year we had six boats and eight participants. They included Pat Berry, Allan Staley, John Brown, Mark and Bee Tyree, Becky Storey, Kevin Murk and myself. Vance Cordell also joined us but was unable to float due to an injury. We stopped at Grey Eagle (belowMaupin) for some lunch and relaxation.
The flow was at 6100 cfs. This is a little above the annualnorm for this dam-controlled river, but about normal for the spring runoff. The extra water made Wapanitia and Oak Springs considerably more interesting. At Oak Springs I saw Becky take the right channel (hug the small island in the center to avoid the hole on the right); while I tookmy favorite left channel. I think most everyone followed me down the left slot but I was too busy dodging rocks to look back.
The weather was sunny with an afternoon temperature of around 55°F; not real warm, but good enough. We started out at a brisk 33°F. Our only problem was a headwind. It was quite challenging at a steady 20+ mph, but there was enough flow to keep us going.
Thanks to everyone for making this another great OWA trip. Our club was founded on July 1, 2000, so this was the 10th annual Tax Relief Float.