Today I am writing from the Sequoia National Forest- we are parked at the take out of Brush Creek, a creek I ran twelve years ago and not since! My husband Nick and I have two kids and two dogs packed into our Sprinter RV, and a trailer full of kayaks.
Each year when we pack up our RV from Tennessee and hit the road, our schedule is semi planned but we never really know what we’re up to. Like a river, we are simply going with the flow.
We have been on the road for over a month already. We visited Iowa and their new whitewater park, which was super FUN! We moved slowly towards the Pacific Northwest with a quick stop in Boise, Idaho that turned into ten days of amazing paddling. High water river runs, fun play spots and more…
We finally made it to White Salmon, Washington and spent over two weeks doing runs on the White Salmon River. Nick also ran a few of the surrounding waterfalls.
The cooler weather encouraged us to move south. We had planned on being in Coloma, California for the opening of the American River season, but the passes were snowed in and it’s not an ideal place for our RV, so we went to Reno, Nevada which had more water then I had ever seen there before. We did several days of big water runs, plus a few days playing at the play park. All my friends in Reno have kids, so we balanced kayaking with excessive amounts of play dates.
Now we are in Kernville, California where the weather is pleasantly hot, the water levels are insanely high and we are camping where we get absolutely no service.
Not having set plans and following the good flows reminds me how awesome the nomadic lifestyle is. I like to have some stuff organized; always make sure I have a stash of diapers, baby food, and everything my family needs to function (water, coffee, food). But beyond that, as long as we are together and doing what we love, wherever we are seems to be the right place.
Yesterday I ran Brush Creek again for the first time in twelve years. The water was quite a bit higher so it was more difficult then I remembered. I had great lines the whole way down, and was much calmer than I anticipated. While I don’t know if I will run it this high again before we leave, there is something special about returning to a river you haven’t done in several years. A reminder of what brings my family and I to these small towns, and remote locations. I hope everyone has the opportunity to chase what they love!
We do have some events we want to hit along the way, see family, friends and compete in as many rodeo and creek races as possible. I hope to see some of you who love whitewater as much as we do, and if I don’t see you at one of these stops, then hopefully I will simply SYOTR somewhere else!
Emily Jackson always has an ambitious schedule, and it’s always subject to change. Below are the events that are currently on her schedule:
May 12-14th Reno River Festival – Reno, NV
May 26-28th CKS Festival – Buena Vista, CO
May 30-31st US Freestyle Team Trials – Buena Vista, CO
June 3-4th Animas River Days – Durango, CO
June 8-11th GoPro Mountain Games – Vail, CO
June 15-17th North Fork Championship – Banks, ID
June 21-25th Subaru of Bend Outside Games – Bend, OR
July 23-24th Toby Creek Race – Invermere, BC
August 12-13th Montreal Eau Vive – Montreal, QE
September 2-3rd Canada Cup – Ottawa River, ON
September 15-17th Gauley Festival – Summersville, WV
September 22-24th NOC Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF) – Bryson City, NC
October 5-7th Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships - Austria
October 20-22nd Lord of the Fork Race – Russell Fork, KY
November 4th The Green Race – Ashville, NC
November 22-26th ICF Freestyle World Championships - Argentina