As every new Wet Planet season begins, the Wet Planet crew kicks off the season with a staff trip – a much loved tradition before the busy excitement of summer. We exit our offices, dust off the cold of winter, and embrace the season of sunshine, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and reconnect with new and old friends from previous Wet Planet seasons.
While our full team doesn’t fully gather until later in Spring, the Wet Planet staff trip is an opportunity for new and returning guides to trade stories from the season apart, to do absurd dance moves around the campfire, but also to quietly together appreciate what connects us: the overwhelmingly beautiful wilderness and river landscape we call home for a few treasured days. The quality time spent basking in each other’s company on the river is what makes the crew at Wet Planet more than co-workers or a team; river time creates life-long friendships.
Exploring winding rivers or steep river canyons, floating down calm rivers or navigating technical whitewater is what we love. The opportunity to spend days traveling down a river expedition style is an experience everyone should have at least once in their life. It changes you – presenting the opportunity to unplug, relax, and connect with the people and places around you.
Multi day trips are the experiences that our Wet Planet family lives for and loves to share with others. We savor the long days of sunshine, analyzing the intention of a towering cloud bank on the horizon, and waking up to the smell of strong coffee and morning dew with a hint of a jacket worn nonstop for the last 3 days. We admire the river, the canyons, sleep under the stars, have good conversations by a fire, and indulge in amazingly delicious meals.
Having the opportunity to experience the Owyhee River in eastern Oregon for the 2017 staff trip was an extra special treat though. The Owyhee, known as the Grand Canyon of Oregon, is a lingering item on most whitewater enthusiasts’ bucket lists as it takes a snowy winter to provide it with reliable water flows.
The steep canyon walls reveal the life’s work of an old river, peering deep into the layers of the earth. Towering pinnacles tell stories of an ancient lake bed and provide ample explorations at camp. In some moments the wind whistles through the river corridor to show the fierce spirit of this desert landscape, and in the next moment, the Owyhee sun will melt the memory of winter as boats draw into camp.
We look forward to the start of every season as Spring emerges at Wet Planet, and after a trip like this, it’s easy to feel like 2017 will be the best season we’ve seen yet. We can’t wait for you to be a part of it!
PS – We still have room on our May 4-8th Owyhee trip if you want to be as captivated by this incredible canyon as we are.