Mike Taveres creates adventure: Shoshone Falls, Idaho

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Whitewater and adventure paddler Mike Tavares stops at Shoshone Falls en route to Hood River.  His off-the-cuff remarks about stopping along the interstate to take in this tourist sight and then getting in the frame to paddle with Gina and Shredder to the base of the Falls reminds us all to not just stop and look, but to take a chance and go seek adventure!


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Mike Tavares, Gina Peters and sidekick co-paddler ‘Shredder’ arrive at the base of Shoshone Falls, Idaho for a moment of unrelenting beauty for themselves. Epic Selfie by: Mike Tavares

Stop and LOOK:  Hidden Gems along the Interstate

We were driving from Salt Lake City to Hood River, Oregon and decided to make a quick pit stop off the interstate to check out the 212ft Shoshone Falls in Idaho from the top tourist overlook.  With one glance, we decided that we should paddle to the base for a better look!

“The extra effort always pays off!”

We spent the night in the Walmart Parking lot and paddled up Snake River four miles at first light to get to the waterfall. It’s and easy upstream paddle at low water with one big portage over a large rapid/rock shelf.

The four mile upstream paddle keeps almost everyone except the highly motivated paddler from reaching the base of the falls.  As a result, we had the waterfall pool completely to ourselves for hours before floating back down to the takeout.

“Sometimes the least expected trips and paddles are the best.”

Mike says, “For me this trip was special simply because we turned a tourist waterfall interstate pit stop into a paddling adventure. Both Gina and I looked at each other from the top and said…”we have to paddle to the pool at the bottom” and we did!  Sometimes the least expected trips and paddles are the best.”  Ain’t that the truth, Mike!

Stay in touch with Mike Tavares and his on-the-water adventures through his website at www.rivershred.com and see where the next travel adventure can take YOU.

Shred on!




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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.