Jet Ski Wrangling the Columbia
Trip Start May 10, 2010
4Trip End Jun 21, 2010
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The drive to Coulee took the whole day, we arrived as the sun was going down. After checking into our rooms we went out to Mexican food at (probably) the only open place in Coulee City. I was nervous to do this job because it was not going to be easy getting GPS signal in all these canyons.
The first day of surveying was pretty rough, we got everything set up in the morning and finally got out on the water only to find that the water was RIPPING down the tail race below the dam
The second day was a bit better, we had gotten away from the fast water and were now dealing with a reasonable cross current. The weather was beautiful and we were starting to get into a groove. Running lines, taking pictures, and logging notes. Fishermen that passed by all had a different idea for what they thought we were doing. Several asked us if we worked for WA Fish and Wildlife. Others didn't care who we worked for and simply asked us where the fish were. I swear that some people believe that the only thing that happens on the water from fall to spring is fishing.
We met our minimum number of lines and got a few more. We finished the second day with a little more sense of accomplishment compared to the first day.
That evening we drove through some beautiful country on the Indian Reservation to get over to Pateros, a little community next to the river below Chief Joseph Dam.