It's a remarkable feeling to be able to stand and watch the river flash red with spawning salmon driven by instinct to get as far as they can, through the rushing water.
The banks of the river swell with humanity at this time of year. Workers directing traffic towards parking spots using salmon silhouette cutouts, food trucks, and picnic lunches, signage is plentiful, and clear...all you have to do to find the fish is follow the kids, and the tourists.
The well maintained paths, and quiet forest echoed with the excited laughter, and voices of children experiencing nature firsthand. There were little kids lined up in formation, teachers explaining the rules "do not fall in the water," and tourists speaking in multiple languages exciting posing for selfies.