Every year we head to Bishop, California for Independence Day to camp with 50-150 of our old friends. It's a tradition I look forward to every year, a perfect way to kick off the summer, and a great way to stay in touch with our friends back home . We float down the Owens River at noon on Saturday of the holiday weekend, and we've done it for the last 15 years! We had a great time, mellower than past years.. Hotter, it seemed than past years. And didn't take many pictures at all. Regarding food: we cooked breakfast and dinner at camp both days, nothing terribly groundbreaking: hotdogs, tacos, eggs and bacon. But there is something so nice about making do with your tools and surroundings, and preparing and eating a meal entirely out of doors. It just makes things taste better.
Another tradition within the tradition, is to say a last goodbye to the river, for another year. After packing up and leaving camp, before hitting the road, we go to the place along the Owens where we usually put in for the float. We open up a final, very cold mexican beer, squeeze a lime into it, and stare at the river, appreciative for a float well done, that icy water, that cold beverage in hand. This is the only picture I have from our trip this year, saying goodbye.