Tuesday, May 01, 2007

from the scandanavian plateau

On April 20th, I rode a borrowed scooter through the snow just after 6:30am to meet a smiling Amos Shuman, waiting with his bags at the Vassenden bus stop. Since then we've been working everyday: training on the river one day, guiding guests the next, building, cleaning, organizing: the typical pre-season mumbo jumbo.

with the help of our fellow team jolster member, ronny, we also have set up a repelling site dropping over some nice over-hanging cliffs just up the lake from where the jolster rafting outpost is located.
i managed to get amos to pose for a photo while we were up overlooking jolster lake:

photo by mw

ronny, same:

photo by mw

much appreciation is owed to the owner of the scooter, the glue that keeps the whole company together and makes sure amos and i are happy and healthy: heidi haveland.
heidi posing at the lake

photo by mw

the past two weekends amos and i have been on the water and into some nice high level jolster river rafting action. the jolster provides some great rapids for rafting; so exciting in fact that we believe the river has the potential for being entertaining for the us guides from now until the end of the season.
amos and the author bringing it home:

photo by erik k. steinset

amos loves the meat; so his guests always have a good time:

photo by erik k. steinset

the author:

photo by erik k. steinset

for now we'll be studying our norsk language and enjoying the comforts of a norwegian home in a land where even on the first of May dusk doesn't arrive 'til after 11pm:

photo by mw

many happy thoughts and well wishes from scandinavia to all you blogging friends and family out there.
mefford.

photo by mw

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, now I really am excited about coming to see you. Get lots of practice on that river so that this "simple woman from Texas" feels confident in your skills!
much love, Mom

Jason Aytes said...

Broheims,

Ahhh, I'm so %#@^&@! jealous! This place looks so sweet. Wow! Congrats!

Amous, I paddled with Adam C from Bend today. Nice guy.

Mefford,
For a second I thought that photo of you was at double trouble.

Take care boys and don't do anything I wouldn't do. Keep the blogs coming so the lower people can read about the life of a Norwegian rafting guide.

Anonymous said...

I am green with envy. Amazing.
Be home in time for Lauren's wedding.
xoxo
Caitlin

Philly said...

looks sick brew. stay warm in the snow flow. missin' ya stateside, but it looks like you're keeping it busy & keepin' it evil w/ the mighty 'mos