Wild and scenic and one of Northern California’s hidden gems, the lower Eel River winds its way towards the ocean through coastal prairie, oak woodlands, and redwood forest. Life on expedition is both rhythmic and exciting; it invites us to appreciate routine and adventure, and to realize the strength that lies within community. We will paddle approximately 5-8 miles a day as we travel downstream. Learning to maneuver our inflatable canoes through swift moving water, we will begin to understand the power of the river. Off the water we will create beautiful wilderness homes, swim, and cook delicious meals over fire.
Our journey begins at our basecamp located in the pristine headwaters of the Russian River at Frey Ranch and Vineyard, known for being California’s first organic and biodynamic winery. In 2017, the fall wildfires raged through the property, burning much of the farm infrastructure and personal homes. Along with this devastation however has come incredible resilience and new growth within the community and landscape alike. Here, we will do service work and prepare for our expedition, after which we will drive northwest through scenic country to the Eel River.