GRANTS PASS, Ore-- The gates are being unlocked and people are loading onto the boats at Hellgate Jetboat Excursions.
Travis Hamlyn is the president of the company in Grants Pass. "You know this year we are so excited" said Hamlyn. Today he actually did a run through of one of the tours. "The weather's been great. We've had a ton of people go down and have an amazing time. You know we've got clear skies, warm sun, it's the perfect boating weather" said Hamlyn.
This year is special for the company because it's their 60th anniversary. The company hopes this year will be better than last year. "You know last year was really challenging, it was like the trifecta of challenges basically" said Hamlyn.
The company dealt with smoke, wildfires along the river and low water levels. This year the water levels are better. "We've had good water levels, good snow pack and we keep track of that pretty closely" said Hamlyn.
I asked Hamlyn what the plan for this year's fire season is. "What we are focusing on this year is really running the operation as best as we can and we hope that the locals will take advantage of this may weather" said Hamlyn. He says when it comes to the smoke and fires it's completely out of their hands.
For now the workers are enjoying the beautiful weather they have been blessed with for the beginning of the season. People must know that too, because they are completely sold out on Tuesday.