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This was a wild trip.  My Dad and I had been scouting the river, and planning the ride down the Nehalem river for months.  He read all he could find on the dangers, and decided to try floating from a higher point at Spruce Run.  After pumping the 14 foot cataraft up, we got it loaded on the trailer, and headed south past Cannon Beach on Highway 101.  Our friend Steve tagged along.  He knows the Nehalem well, and has been fishing for Steelhead on it for years.  We used his rig to shuttle us back to the trailer, and drag the raft up a steep bank at Beaver Slide after traveling 13.3 miles.

This journey didn’t go exactly as planned.  We unhooked the raft too soon, and it fell off the trailer when we were backing it up to the water.  After that mishap, we picked it up by hand, and got her wet.  It was a smooth ride at first, but early into the excursion we lost an oar lock.  Thankfully, Pops was wise enough to have an extra on hand.  Without the oar lock, we would have lost an oar and been screwed.  I had a great time chatting with the boys, and relaxing.  We were also trying to locate a lost dog, that had a $2500 reward for information resulting in his rescue.  No luck on that.  We did however see a coyote, fish, and a bald eagle. 

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Hauling the massive raft on the custom trailer

The Nehalem got rougher, and more dangerous as we got lower on the river.  The water was freezing, and we were wet.  I had a wetsuit, booties, and gloves to stay warm.  On a quick stop I used the spring water I collected to make Mountain House spaghetti with my Jetboil Zip camping stove.  Steve and I warmed our hands on the hot bag as the food cooked.  Near the end of our unexpected journey we ran into more trouble.  We got hung up on a boulder, and spun around.  Then at Salmonberry Drop we got blasted by a 7 foot wave, and my camera went out.  You gotta watch the video in 720p HD.  It was a hell of an adventure.  We got out alive, but not without a little suffering.  We won’t be rafting the Nehalem again soon.

Here’s a fun video I made of the first time my Dad and I rafted the lower part of the Nehalem River. 

By Cameron McKirdy

Season’s greetings!  On Christmas Eve my Dad and I hiked from Indian Beach in Ecola State Park to the Hiker’s Camp on Tillamook Head.  We checked out the abandoned World War 2 bunkers, and the viewpoints too.  Pops split, leaving me to spend the night by myself.  In this HD video I show you the trail, my gear, and my fire.  I also cooked up some Goulash thanks to my new flameless cookwear system by Trekmates.  Enjoy the video.  After a two hour nap, I decided to back to Seaside in the dark night.  It was crazy.  I used a glow stick, and my Coast HP14 flashlight to luminate the path.  A recent storm kicked tons of massive trees down.  I had to climb over many, with my 40 pound pack on.  I booked it from the cabins, and got back to Seaside in just over 2 hours, covering 4 gnarly miles of ground.  It was an intense op.  I lost the trail briefly once, slightly rolled an ankle, and nearly slipped down a steep bank.  It was one of the most rewarding, and challenging adventures of my life.  Next, I plan to raft the Nehalem river this weekend.  Thanks for visiting Survival Bros.  I’d appreciate your comments, and likes.  %^).

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Yesterday I saw this amazing buck in Astoria OR. I grabbed the camera, and got right up to him. He walked my way. I thought it was about to go down! I would have won. Still, what a beautiful beast.
– Cameron McKirdy

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Blog produced by Cameron McKirdy

Yes, I just blogged about a movie, and here’s another quick Survival Bros review.  I make movies, so it’s only natural I critically look at them.  I poked the Xbox, loaded Netflix, and watched the new 2012 documentary called Craigslist Joe.

This is another heartwarming survival tale.  We follow Joseph Garner on a free-spirited journey across North America.  Joe has no idea if he can count on the hospitality of others to endure homelessness, with no money, or contacts.  He pops his thin comfort bubble, and sees if there really is a sense of community in the USA.

Craigslist Joe is a great story.  It doesn’t ever feel cheesy, or forced.  Comedian Zach Galifianakis, no relation to Andy Milonakis (besides being fat), was the Executive Producer.  That’s probably why it’s funny.  The premise is pretty ridiculous too.  Joe had no survival gear, or training to make it outdoors.  He should have died.  But somehow, Joe didn’t get shot, or freeze to death on a park bench.  He roughed it one night on the streets in NYC, but was housed by strangers he met online the rest of the 31 days of the experiment.

In all, this flick was worth watching.  We see the generosity of strangers on full display.  Humanity has hope.  People can care.  You just have to make them.  Help them along the way.  Most people Joe encountered just wanted a friend.  Let’s make some new friends.  I will be using Craigslist a little more now, but it’s still nothing special if you live in a small town.

I give Craigslist Joe 4 out of 5 Nuggets.

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The guys find an ammo can full of trinkets, a logbook, and keys to a riddle! They were hiking Saddle Mountain in Oregon, when they took an obscure trail, and uncovered a hidden geocache. Random. Happy hunting. You never know when you will find treasure.  And of course we won’t tell you where to find this stash.  You got to get into geocaching.  There is an app for that.

Produced by Cameron McKirdy

Cameron McKirdy shatters a car window with his knife!

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Do you know where The Mill Ponds in Seaside Oregon are? Many locals have no idea. Take advantage of the trails, and waterfront views. From Seaside on Highway 101 (aka South Roosevelt Drive), take Ave. S to Alder Mill Road. It’s near the Seaside recycling center.

The Mill Ponds are a great walk for the whole family. Chill on a bench and bird watch. It’s one of my favorite spots in town. Please be respectful, and take your trash with you. This is a day use only park. Enjoy the panoramas and photos I took.

– Cameron McKirdy

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