Top marks to Shika for paying attention. I was indeed on the water in my kayak for the first time this year. Caught a really nice crappie, too. About 14" long. The bad news? For the first time ever I REALLY thought I was going to spend the night out on the river. We paddled 4 1/2 miles up the John Day River from its mouth at the Columbia River. Coming back the winds were so ferocious I spent 20 minutes paddling without moving one foot. Everyone was exhausted by the time we got back. Akenta, sorry I wasn’t available to fill in for you on Saturday.