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Welcome to the Oregon Rafting Teams InSpirit Journal.

This is where we will be capturing the beauty and positive energy of the places we explore. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and get a chance to get out an visit some of these places of nature.

When bigger is better-

Americans must be constantly reminded to maintain a balance with our Mother Earth.

Large vehicles, large spending abilities, and large populations seemingly transpose our better sustainable judgement by accommodating the ego self.

Yet, bigger can be a matter of scale.  A “big” gathering of expert whitewater paddlers with the fortitude to endure a 3 mile head to head race through constant IV+ water, in my estimation, counteracts capitalistic gluttony.

In 2014 we had 70 persons of comparable ecosystem sensitivity crush it through a pushy course with great character.  Biggest turnout ever at the highest water level and warmest air temperature in the 7 years of the Upper Wind Festival.

Their is a time to love and a time to fight.  Racing cleans the mind of any potential distractors that may lead one away from setting the focus to kick ass.

This year for a few moments our group was mindful at the put in.  Not a common experience for a community of strong wills that have chosen a hobby which requires free thinking and pronounced resiliency.  We touched the shoulder of whomever was standing next to us and closed our eyes.  I don’t have or want a picture of this.  Try it.  Close your eyes and listen to the river.  Heaven is right where you are right now.

 

The Men's Long Boat class comprised of some of the best paddlers in the world.

The Men’s Long Boat class comprised of some of the best paddlers in the world.

 

The morning started with a very competitive R4 race.

The morning started with a very competitive R4 race.

 

Intensity can alter your destiny.

Intensity can alter your destiny.

 

Yet even passion doesn't guarantee positive outcomes...

Yet even passion doesn’t guarantee positive outcomes…

 

Guess who won a gift certificate from Next Adventure for "swim of the day"?

Guess who won a gift certificate from Next Adventure for “swim of the day”?

 

Hard chargers. Are there 2 boats in the top ledge hole?

Hard chargers.
Are there 2 boats in the top ledge hole?

 

This breath may have comprehensively never been more refreshing.

This breath may have comprehensively never been more refreshing.

 

Eyes.  They will tell you who won on a given day.  Who was centered, mindful.

Eyes. They will tell you who won on a given day. Who was centered, mindful.

 

Racing eyes are mindful, serene, with a touch of mean.

Racing eyes are mindful, serene, with a touch of mean.

 

Cheers to our whitewater community.  Cheers to a time to connect and challenge ourselves.  Big energy.

Cheers to our whitewater community. Cheers to a time to connect and challenge ourselves. Big energy.

 

Yawn.  Lucy doesn't drink Ninkasi Beer, Atlas Cider, or even get to eat the chili provided by Next Adventure.  So, must be time to wrap things up.

Yawn. Lucy doesn’t drink Ninkasi Beer, Atlas Cider, or even get to eat the chili provided by Next Adventure. So, must be time to wrap things up.

 

Sweet video by Paul Carrico and his crew of volunteers:

 

 

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