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Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting: When the Boats are on the Water


We had a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip out last week, it was a small trip- but sometimes just a couple of people make for a great, memorable trip! I will write a post next week about this trip, but in the meantime I wanted to talk about ME!

001 (1024x683)When a trip goes out, I often stay in the office, to keep up on books, upcoming trips and I’m the point of contact in case anything goes awry. So, I am often thinking of projects to stay busy while the crew and guests are out enjoying a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting trip. Last week, I spent the time sanding and refinishing our river tables. We are always inspecting, repairing and updating our equipment to keep it up to our high standards. And our tables were in pretty rough shape, needing a whole new waterproof coating and I decided that while I was at it, I would add a little flair, so that the tables would be something pretty to look at as well.
004 (1024x683)The first step was to sand off the old finish, which after a couple of summers out in the Idaho Sun, was looking pretty rough! Once I got the old finish sanded off, I snapped a photo- I never think of the “before” photo until it’s almost too late.

 



I debated about what to use on the table, if I should just finish them with no logo, or if I should paint the 006logo by hand, etc. I ended up settling with a logo in the corner and hellscanyon.com in black lettering.

 

Once the stickers were in place, it was time to start applying the protective finish. I used a product called Helmsman by Minwax. It is designed for wood and other surfaces that see a lot of water and weather- which is exactly what I needed. We use the tables to set up kitchen along the river banks, but on the boats, they are used as seats for either guides or guests. The tables get a lot of abuse, so the finish used is very important to keep them around for years to come- which is what I am hoping for! So, there you have, my recent project to pass the moments while the boats are on a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting trip.

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See you on the river…

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