Chelan for a night
Trip Start May 10, 2010
4Trip End Jun 21, 2010
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The next day we were met at the bottom of the stairs by the smell of warm bread fresh out of the oven. We ate breakfast slowly as the sun rose and we talked over our plan for the day. If everything went according to plan, we could finish this entire stretch of the river down to the Rocky Reach Dam today, but it would require good baselines on our radios shallow enough water for our probe and no equipment failure.
From Chelan we drove down to the park where we launched our skis.Today it looked like it was going to be a sunny day so we slathered on the sunscreen and set out for another day of wrangling. This was now the longest straight stint of 12 hour days that I had done consecutively and it was starting to take it's toll on my muscles. The skis were a lot of fun most of the time, but they drafted a lot compared to some flat bottom or inflatable boats out there, and they left you wanting for room while surveying. Aside from that the ski's could not be beat when they were transiting, Their top speed between lines was over 40 mph and it made for some really cool transits at times.
We diligently worked our way down the river towards Rocky Reach dam, as we neared the bottom of the reservoir we discovered that it was too deep to use our standard SV probe. We would have to pull out the big probe just for one line. But that wasn't all, I was also having more monitor issues. When I revved the motor on my ski, for some reason the screen would start to flicker pink. I had no idea what was causing it but I ran my last line with a flashing pink monitor in an attempt to just get it in the back so we could move on to Wenatchee. Finally we had collected all the data and pulled the skis. Eerily enough the monitor problem never returned, I was almost sure that there was some sort of serious curse operating a PWC in the Reservoir within sight of a hydroelectric dam. Not to be deterred, we pushed on and checked into our final hotel of the trip in Wenatchee, WA.