Speculative Schedule

It's impossible to calculate all the factors that will determine how many hours, days, months lie between points A and B. How hard the wind might blow on any given day or how much water a dam will release on the early morning that I wake up in a tent below, these will remain mysteries until the very day. But I'm planning nonetheless, and I'm building enough time into the schedule to allow for spontaneity, for chance encounters with people and places along the way.

Though this is basically a solo paddling trip, I'm inviting people to join me for any section of water that inspires. For those keeners, my current schedule is below. Get in touch if you want to talk about how meeting up might work. Same goes for anyone interested in collaborating as I come through your area.

 

JULY

1 Canal Flats
2 wetlands
3 wetlands
4 Invermere
5 wetlands
6 wetlands
7 wetlands
8 wetlands
9 Golden
10 Golden *
11 Golden
12 wetlands
13 Redgrave Canyon
14 Kinbasket Reservoir
15 Kinbasket Reservoir
16 Kinbasket Reservoir
17 Kinbasket Reservoir
18 Kinbasket Reservoir
19 Mica Dam
20 Revelstoke Reservoir
21 Revelstoke Reservoir
22 Revelstoke Reservoir
23 Revelstoke Reservoir
24 Revelstoke Reservoir
25 Revelstoke Dam
26 Revelstoke *
27 Arrow Lakes
28 Arrow Lakes
29 Arrow Lakes
30 Arrow Lakes
31 Nakusp

AUGUST

1 Arrow Lakes
2 Arrow Lakes
3 Arrow Lakes
4 Arrow Lakes
5 Arrow Lakes
6 Keenleyside Dam
7 Castlegar *
8 Castlegar
9 moving water
10 Trail
11 Waneta Border Crossing
12 moving water
13 Evans
14 Kettle Falls *
15 Roosevelt Reservoir
16 Gifford / Inchelium
17 Roosevelt Reservoir
18 Roosevelt Reservoir
19 Roosevelt Reservoir
20 Roosevelt Reservoir
21 Roosevelt Reservoir
22 Grand Coulee Dam
23 Grand Coulee *
24 Rufus Woods Reservoir
25 Rufus Woods Reservoir
26 Rufus Woods Reservoir
27 Chief Joseph / Bridgeport *
28 Brewster
29 Wells Dam
30 Chelan Falls
31 Entiat Reservoir

SEPTEMBER

1 Entiat Reservoir
2 Rocky Reach Dam
3 Wenatchee
4 Wenatchee
5 Rock Island Dam
6 moving water
7 Wanapum Reservoir
8 Wanapum Dam
9 Priest Rapids Reservoir
10 Priest Rapids Dam
11 Hanford Site
12 Hanford Site
13 Richland
14 Kennewick
15 Kennewick
16 Snake River Confluence
17 Gorge headwinds
18 McNary Dam
19 Gorge headwinds
20 Gorge headwinds
21 Gorge headwinds
22 Gorge headwinds
23 Arlington
24 Arlington
25 Gorge headwinds
26 John Day Dam
27 Celilo
28 Celilo
29 The Dalles
30 Lyle

OCTOBER

1 White Salmon
2 White Salmon
3 Hood River *
4 Hood River
5 Gorge headwinds
6 Cascade Locks
7 Bonneville Dam
8 Gorge headwinds
9 Camas
10 Portland
11 Portland *
12 Portland
13 amongst the ships
14 amongst the ships
15 amongst the ships
16 amongst the ships
17 amongst the ships
18 Astoria
19 Astoria *
20 Astoria
21 Clatsop Spit
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23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

A few notes

On syntax: Though most people refer to the reservoirs along the Columbia as lakes (ie Lake Roosevelt), I prefer to call things as they are. The Arrow Lakes is an exception, because they had been considered lakes prior to the installation of Keeleyside Dam. Originally two lakes 14 miles apart, the Arrow Lakes became one 230 km long reservoir in the 1960s, a direct result of the Columbia River Treaty.

On font formats: Italicized items represent what I expect to be paddling through. Bolded text represents dams. An asterisk (*) means there is a scheduled or intended community event or artist talk in this location (details are coming). More than one day in the same town represents a rest period and restock.