Saturday, October 30, 2021

Rivers are coming up. Beware.


The left image is a picture of the Merced River at 4 PM PDT Sunday, October 24th, 2021. 

The right image is a picture of the Merced River at 7 AM PDT Monday, October 25th, 2021.


  1. It was in Panama, in 1987, while crossing the Darien Gap on foot, that I learned this lesson. Camped by a small stream, woke up to a raging torrent a few inches from my hammock. Ok then. Never again.

  2. Mike I've seen your mentions of Darien Gap twice during my very recent time following this awesome blog. I would love to find out more about your adventures

    1. Here is my write up of the Darien Gap in the now defunct "South American Explorers Club" magazine:

      I spent 14 years all told mainly solo backpacking in Central and South America.

      I tried to keep the lies to a bare minimum.

  3. As an old professional riverguide, this is what is known as happy days.