A week ago friends Peter and Jeff stopped by on their way to Giant Gap for the classic swim and scramble from Green Valley, down the river through the gorge, hiking back up and out on the Canyon Creek Trail.
I had tried to get Peter up to the Big Granite Trail to slave away in the hot sun and sharp-beaked mosquitos, fixing logging damage, but for some reason he preferred the amazing cliffs and pools of the Gap.
Word came back that the two intrepid explorers saw an entire family of river otters in the Gap. Wonderful! I've been hearing reports of otters on the North Fork for a few years now, and saw one myself on the NFNFAR last summer.
I would be very pleased to hear of other otter sightings on the North Fork.