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here to a takeout spot 50 miles away in Clarno, an
unincorporated community off Route 218, where
a steamboat used to ply the water for leisure until
1899, when it was wrecked in a flood. We plan to
camp and swim and fish along the way. To do it,
we rented two 14-foot-long white-water rafts with
metal frames for better rowing and gear storage-
but otherwise we have enough experience and
stubbornness to do the rest of the work ourselves.
" Are you sure we can take all of this? " asks my
wife, Heidi, eyeing the growing mound of stuff.
Until now, Heidi and I have typically explored
the West's vast wildernesses by backpacking,
which has meant sweating over every iota of

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clothing, food, and gear, since we have to shoulder
it all. The weight-shaving can get absurd, fast. We
have risked soggy nights by purposely not bringing
a tent. We have eaten freeze-dried meals for days
and allowed ourselves to go a little hungry. Once I
even cut the handle off my toothbrush just to shed
some frivolous ounces. Comfort has always been
relative to place.
On a river trip, comfort is more easily achieved,
which means things get absurd in a different way.
At Heidi's feet lies a sporting goods store in ruins:
stacks of camp chairs and crates with propane
tanks, coffee kettles, and stoves. We have coolers
stuffed with chile colorado, frozen fajitas, fresh


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