On the Road
We rolled out of Asheville just in time to avoid the begininning of the cold weather, determined to stretch the North American warm weather boating season to the limits. We spent a few days visiting Leland's dad in Mississippi along the way, scouting a rare waterfall in South Mississippi that was a little bit low on flow.
We spent a couple of days of downtime at the El Salto resort, getting a run in on the Salto and checking out the higher water levels. Last year the Salto had been running 1.65 meters for the first trip, and 1.6 meters for the second trip. We had over 1.9 the day before trips started this year, and found it to be a really nice level.
We awoke the morning of the 22nd to make our way to Valles, where our first group would be arriving that night. We checked out some sights along the way.
We stopped along the way at the Minas Viejas - another recently discovered class IV/V run, to check out the unrunnable waterfall just above the put-in. It was just the two of us, and Leland was suffering from a bit of food poisoning that he picked up in Mississippi, so we saved checking out that run for next time.