This day got off to a terrible start and somehow our two shuttle vehicles ended up about 150 miles apart. A couple hours later, once that was settled it was time to dip our strawberries into the chocolate fondue. One yak slipped down the muddy embankment and started floating down the river, so even before starting I had to jump in and swim after it. Thankfully, no beers were lost!
Oak Creek had flashed during the week, bringing most of Sedona's Red Rock Country downstream. The peak flow over 600cfs during the week is what made this even be on the radar for August. It had dropped to the mid 200s Friday night and was at 207cfs when we finally put in.
Despite the turbidity, the river was great. The temp was ideal for getting wet and the only place it was a little low was across the delta where West Clear Creek joins in. I managed to find a deep channel, but others had to drag the boat a few feet.
This river is very scenic in summer. Narrow channels and shaded tree "tunnels" made me decide that this river looked like a Brazilian cousin...so I renamed the Verde the Arazon.
The backwoods scenery had Clairebear singing Dueling Banjos most of the way but despite her pleas, I chose not to make Deliverance part of the video soundtrack.
Four hours on the river. 30 minutes of video. Compressed into a mostly watchable 2:55 video.