Dan & Sandra on the Deschutes River September 2022
Our youngest son, Simon, was 10 years old when we started this business and has graduated from (the U of M and) CW Outfitting to faster moving waters! He’s worked as a rafting guide at Deschutes River Adventures in Maupin, Oregon for the past two summers and loved it! We drove out to Oregon at the end of September to visit him and close out the rafting season with him and two of his guide buddies. Ruby worked with Simon at Deschutes River Adventures and Kailyn’s family owns and operates River Trails Rafting in Maupin.
The temp was a fair 70 degrees and the sun was shining as the 14’ raft was loaded on top of Ruby’s Subaru. We headed through town, across the bridge over the Deschutes, and down along the river canyon to leave a car at the take-out, then piled into the Subaru and headed back up the winding river road to the put-in about 5 miles north of Maupin. A couple of us donned splash jackets under our PFD’s and neoprene booties before we pushed off and got the basic River Guide’s safety speech as Simon, Ruby, and Kailyn put on their “guide hats”. A mile down river, Simon navigated us through Class 2 & 3 rapids. We stayed pretty dry paddling through the Wapinitia wave train, went spinning through Tea Cups, and ran sideways through Devils Hole, “accidently” getting wet, of course! Then we got up on the pillow at Boxcar and turned down into another hole, coming out on top! We paddled two miles of lower Class 2’s until we came into town, floating under the bridge at Maupin. About forty minutes of flatwater paddling brought us to Surf City’s Class 2 rapid. After that, we hopped out on a sand bar to get another safety briefing and tuck away sunglasses and hats that we didn’t want to lose to the river before we smashed the Class 4 rapids at Oak Springs! We hung out in the Champagne Room (eddy) for a bit before we headed downstream past a few fishermen casting from shore and through Class 2 rapids where the White River flows into the Deschutes. We wound down the river as the afternoon shadows stretched over the canyon walls. Simon and Sandra took turns “riding the bull” through Class 2 rapids at Upper Elevator and Lower Elevator as Kailyn took the Guide reins. We welcomed the sunshine as we finished the 13 mile run where the canyon walls open up at Sandy Beach take out. We were fortunate enough to have Casey, an Imperial Rafting Company driver, graciously agree to trailer our raft back to town, along with their rafting guests that were getting off the river a few minutes after us. It was a beautiful day rafting the Deschutes with our crew of awesome guides!We ended the day taking in an awe inspiring sunset at Smith Rock State Park where the Crooked River winds through rock spires in Oregon’s High Desert.