Our world has shifted to a new reality within a matter of weeks in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic. Many behaviors and processes that we take for granted have suddenly changed, and “social distancing,” a phrase I had probably never even heard of a few weeks ago, has become a new mode of operation. Enough people practicing this behavior could help limit the spread of novel coronavirus and hopefully allow the world to return to normalcy. But the process might take a month, or it might take a few months. Some aspects of the virus, like its economic impacts, will likely take much longer. Despite all this uncertainty, one thing is for sure: when the situation passes and we begin resuming normal social activities, the outdoors will be waiting. It’s hard to imagine a better time to get out of indoor spaces and urban places, far from the news and social media, and into the fresh air and wide open expanses of public land!
Until then, if you are in isolation or practicing social distancing, we’ve got some wilderness eye candy for you. Here’s some footage of one of our favorite river canyons during a trip last May, the Jarbidge Bruneau. There is also a pretty funny old school video from the same river. See if you can identify some of the same rapids in the two videos. In forty years, there have been some major changes out there as new rapids have formed and others have been buried under water…but we are still running some of the same lines! We’ve also included some exciting Jarbidge Falls videos from last year, so check them out if you haven’t seen those yet.
If you have an upcoming trip with WRO, please read our response to COVID-19. And should things happen to level out enough by May we do have space on some Jarbidge-Bruneau trips. Or there is always next year…