Kurt Kostyu entering the large flat water section that separates the Upper North Fork from the 15 miles of class 5 Lower North Fork. While the sunsets Kurt paddles into the rapid Howard’s Plunge. Smiths Ferry, Idaho.
“If you’re going to break the rules at Yellowstone National Park, 4:30 a.m. is a great time to do so. The guard stations are closed and the roads deserted save for some shaggy bison and early-rising wildlife watchers. So it was in the wee hours of a July morning that a red Toyota van passed unnoticed beneath the Yellowstone Arch in Gardiner, Mont. The van carried three young men and their 11-foot kayaks, on their way to paddle a remote stretch of whitewater on the Yellowstone River.”