I am very lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful and motivated group of friends. We are constantly coming together and planning the next big adventure. So when a rare snow storm deposited 30 centimeters of fresh snow on our favorite local river, we had to go kayak!
The ride to the river was similar to the hundreds of shuttles we had done before. Feelings of excitement at leaving our responsibilities and the stresses of everyday life, and escaping to our whitewater oasis floated through our minds. When we arrived at the put in, we all broke out in laughter at the sight of growing layers of snow, which consumed the vibrant Pacific northwest vegetation.
The harsh reality came when we stepped out of the car and attempted to put on our frozen gear. Our body temperatures and motivation quickly dwindled. I hadn’t planned on taking this photo, but as we fought to find motivation to go kayaking, I knew there was an image and story to be told. I quickly pulled out my Canon 5D Mark III and quietly captured this image, hoping to catch this candid moment. We proceeded to get on the river, warm up, and have one of the most spectacular and memorable days of my life.