Well it's official, we have survived another busy summer at Sunburst Ranch. This, our ninth summer, was by far the driest, hottest summer we have endured yet. Thanks to our loyal patrons it was successful despite less than ideal conditions. The river dropped to levels that had seldom been seen since the fifties, and even so getting out and walking could be avoided by careful paddling, and packing coolers that weren't too full of beer (some had to walk a litttle).
Those of you who did the shorter float are aware that we now have our own private takeout downstream and no longer have to put up with the zoo that is Dawt Mill. Located halfway between James Bridge and Dawt, floaters only miss one small riffle, and then the dead water that is the mill pond. This spring's small flood (or a landowners chainsaw) put an end to the rope swing just above Dawt so our takeout does not affect that once popular stopping point. With a large gravel bar and covered pavillion, Sunburst Landing proved to be a big hit with floaters who enjoyed swimming or relaxing in the shade while waiting to be picked up for the short ride back to Sunburst.
Amy and I always enjoy seeing many of our favorite campers each summer, as well as those new campers that will hopefully be back. I was surprised by several of my high school buddies this year, and Amy and I both had other friends and family come visit which we enjoy very much. Hope you all had a chance to make it down this year, and if not we still have a few months of good weather before things get too cold. Hopefully the rain will keep coming and the fishing will be good again this fall and winter.
Next year will be our tenth summer so stay tuned as we hope to have a customer appreciation weekend with a band and good food. Big Smith is no longer together so it looks like we will have to find someone new this time around.