Q: What happens when you get together three stand-up paddleboarders (including two beginners), one duckier, and one packrafter with a leaky craft for a post-work float through Missoula on the Clark Fork river in mid-August?
A: Wildfire smoke blanketing the valley. Record-low flows. Portages. Creative boat-sharing situations. A loooong slow float. It looks a little something like this:
The moral of the story? Pick shorter post-work floats on deeper rivers. Or just wait for spring at this point.