Springtime on the Salmon River

I was going through my photos the other day and happened upon this one:

The day’s last rays light up the new grass at Jim Moore’s cabin.

I instantly caught Spring Fever. I was ready to pack my river bag for the upcoming season.

Spring river trips can be some of the very best for many reasons. A highlight of these trips is the chance to view wildlife that we don’t normally see during the heat of summer. The elk, deer, Bighorn sheep and black bears are all down low in the canyon, taking advantage of the first green grass of the year. We may even catch a glimpse of a wolf, mountain lion or mountain goat.

The canyon itself is breathtaking, coming alive after a long winter. The wildflowers, from bright yellow Arrowleaf Balsam Root, to purplish-blue Lupine and deep orange Indian Paintbrush, are  at full-bloom in the spring.

Arrowleaf Balsam Root and Lupine in full bloom.

One of my favorite things about springtime river trips is that we rarely see another float party. This is the best time to get a sense of solitude and let life’s other worries slip away.

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