Monday, April 18, 2011

Last trip of the '10-'11 season!

Guy airs one out on the Upper Jondachi

Well, considering this trip happened in February, we're more than a little bit late in posting this blog. Sorry! What can we say, it's a bit sad to be writing about our last trip of the season, and we've been busy getting our skiing fixes in since getting back to Colorado!

John gets ready to exit "Aphrodisia" on the Upper Jondachi

We had a great finale to the season though. Guy, John, Doug, Rebecca and Brent joined us for an awesome week of "Mucha Agua." Living up to the trip's name, we paddled some of the best Ecuador has to offer, had great high water runs on the Cheeshouse section of the Qujios, Oyacachi, and Lower Cosanga.

Doug enjoying clear water, sun and jungle fun

Guy was back for his second trip this season in Ecuador, Rebecca was finishing up week 2, and Brent and John were back for yet another Small World visit. Small World "newbie" Doug was our only non-repeat guest. But since Doug had been to Ecuador before on his own, it was a well rounded group of Ecua-veterans.

Rebecca still boofing on week two in Ecuador

We all had a great time both on and off the river. Great friends, food, boofing and beers on the porch!

The harbor at lunch

It's always bitter sweet to finish the season and head back to Colorado, but it was a great way to end a super season.

see ya...
Brent squeezing his way through one of the tight slots on the Upper Jondachi

Thanks gang for helping us put the finishing touches on another great season in Ecuador. we hope to see you all again next year!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Feb. 12 - 27

This wasn't on the actual trip but I am still trying to figure out what a Vegan like Darcy is trying to do to this chicken.

It looks like it is going to be a long week. Remember SWA's one rule on the river, "One swimmer at a time".

The last weeks of February were incredible, we had guests from Austria and Holland besides from the USA, some of them stayed for two weeks. The last week was our Intro to Creeking trip and we got some serious creek time on the upper Quijos, Oyacachi, upper and lower Cosanga, Upper Misahualli and Piatua. Looking at these photos makes me excited for next October to come around so I can head back south.

"Eat, Sleep, Boat" was once our motto at SWA and we still try to live the simple life.

I love those Euro paddlers, focused and stylish. Yvette driving her boat on the Oyacachi.

Hans enjoying a real river, the Cosanga, instead of a man-made one in Holland.

Christoph reviewing the action at lunch.

Jim on one of the hundreds of drops on the Piatua. We got to run it twice at two different levels.

KO spent two weeks in Ecuador and it paid off in her paddling, she took it to another level!

Mark with the GoPro on the Lower Cosanga.

Al driving on the Rio Piatua.

Joerg looking glad he has enough beers to wash this all down.