July 25, 2007


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The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
Mackay Wilderness River Trips

This spring fed river runs 105 miles north west to connect with the Main Salmon River. It drops 3,000 feet in elevation at about 40 feet per mile. Our trip covered 90 miles, moving through landscape that changed from an alpine setting to canyon and dessert like cliffs. The river gained in force and size as we neared the end, and every day was better than the one before.

This was the best family trip we have ever taken. The affect it had on my family and me was immediate. Happiness and good times were offered and enjoyed in every aspect of the trip. With the utmost relaxation did we enjoy the finest life in the outdoors has to offer. Inexhaustible landscapes, the finest friends, delicious food, and a perfect river in which to sit while enjoying some good laughs and good wine.

Please also go to www.juliamccurdy.com and www.kathymccurdy.com, as they are posting their photos from the trip as well. And between the 3 blogs you will see our entire vacation and how much it rocked!

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View starting off

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Mom and Dad at the starting point.

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Duckies coming down the river

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Mom on a paddle boat, at the stop to see Pungo Mine.

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Entrance to Pungo Mine

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Kasey and Guy in the mine

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Julie and Heath at lunch stop, Day 1

Dad enjoying the shade

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Pat and Julie

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Pat and Julie fishing

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Pat fishing

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Ladies' Circle cocktails at camp

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Bobby, the pastry chef, in the kitchen.

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Guides from left: Pat, Chris, Tony, Bobby, Kasey

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My hamnmock, where I slept the first night.

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View of camp from my hammock

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Dinner Table

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Jerry playing horseshoes

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Pat after dinner

Tim Flaherty cooking Breakfast, day 2

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Mom and Dad in my school shirts, NMH and Colgate

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Julie and Pat in the morning

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Pat and Dad in the morning

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John and Jerry with the pirate flag, that our guides stole from the neighboring camp. Ha ha.

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River in the morning

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Boats and duckies in the morning

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View starting off, day 2

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View from the cliff with petroglyphs, see fisheman coming down river (right under the tree).

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Rainbow... maybe?

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Going by

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Mom and Pat fishing

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Sandy and Harry in duckies

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View from camp 2

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Mom and Julie in the water at camp 2

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Heath is in Heaven... with a Bass

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Better than horseshoes?

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Indian Tug of War, Tony and Jerry

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View of camp in the morning

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Dad writing in his journal

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Julie in the morning

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Margot and Vickie

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Patrick in the morning

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Bobby and Chris loading the gear boats

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Paddle Boat with Julie, Mom, Dad, Chris Amanda, Sandy and Harry

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Patrick in a ducky

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Chris explaining the geology of the area

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What he's talking about- the black stripes

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Wind erosion?

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Julie and Mom

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Rock Cliff

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Julie Rocks

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Patrick and Julie

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Stop for lunch near Tappan Cabin

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Heath and Becca

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The falls behind Tappan Cabin

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Julie on Tappan bridge

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Tappan Wagon

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Mom and Pat

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Dan, Ray, Pat, Jerry, Don, John, Tim

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Getting ready for Tappan Falls Rapid

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Dad, Heath Julie and Mom

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Tappan Falls

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Paddle Boat coming over rapid

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Tony's boat

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Bobby's Boat

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Duckies Floating in the afternoon

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Duckies Floating 2

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Looking up, which I did a lot.

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Fishermen coming into camp

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I decided to climb the hill with the tree on it. See that tree?

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Heath climbed the hill

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Can you see me now?

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View from Heath's Peak

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Zoomed into camp

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Becca came up too!

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Sun rising

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Breakfast crew day 4

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Breakfast by the river

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Dad reading in the am

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Cristina reading in the am

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Mom packing gear

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Gear Boats in the am, day 4

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Dad, Mom, Pat and Julie in Duckes

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Dad in ducky

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Julie at happy hour at camp

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Amanda and Cristina relaxing at camp

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Bobby with his bucket

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Guy looking tough


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The Dinner Table

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Julie and Heath sleeping

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Heath and Dad with pirate flag

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Bighorn Sheep

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Mom fishing at lunch

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with spectators.

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Guy looking at the map

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Heath is in the first kayak behind paddle boat.

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The last camp

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Prime Rib Dinner Call

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Tom and Kasey last night hug

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Finishing the beer, Cristina chugging. John (left) also participated, however as Cristina put it, his shirt did most of the chugging.

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Morning Mountains

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Last day morning

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Julie and Amanda matching bandaids

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Julie taking photo 1

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Julie taking photo 2

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Dad and Pat

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Close up of Neat Rock

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Last View of the River

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Last Photo

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