RYOTA YAMADA

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Kennewick-Man Expedition, DAY 37


As Cary saw me off, I paddled the kayak out into the Columbia River. In just downstream of John Day Dam the water flew fast at around 5 Mile/Hour. So, although the sail was not filled with wind, the kayak was swept away rapidly.

Mt. Hood came into focus ahead as the days go by. It is the highest mountain in Oregon, and is an active volcano rising beside the Columbia River. It looked still small because it was a long way away from here. But even so, as I saw it on the river among dull red canyon, its shape which was blanketed by snow and shone whitely attracted my attention strongly and was so beautiful.



After about one hour elapsed since I paddled the kayak out into the river, fortunately a tailwind began to blow from east. The tailwind filled the sail, and also the water flow pushed the kayak forward. So, the kayak ran at around 6 Mile/Hour, as a bow cut through water strongly.

Strangely shaped Rocks like thin walls, which was etched by erosion, stood side by side and made up an island in the middle of the river. Magnificent scene spread out on the water, as brilliant rays of the sun emphasized convexo-concave of rugged rock surface rising vertically.



With the tailwind, I reached at Avery Recreation Area in front of The Dalles Dam at 3:00 p.m. unexpectedly early. I was able to kayak for 16 miles for just three and half hours.

And then Cary, who ran parallel to me by his camper, again supported me to detour from The Dalles Dam. We were developing strong bonds of friendship. Tonight we are camping together again.