Big Creek gorge doesn't let up in intensity until right before the end, so we headed back upstream to our boats and enjoyed that last bit. There's even a nice set of limbo logs to go under just before the confluence. We made camp just in time as our bright sun turned into an incredibly strong afternoon storm. We made good use of the little tarp I had managed to stuff in the front of my boat for just such a purpose, but we almost lost it to the wind. Eventually the storm abated and we were able to enjoy dinner and explore down the trail around the confluence.
The storm must have hit harder or lasted longer somewhere upstream since Big Creek had changed from a crystal clear creek to a muddy mess. Lucky this didn't happen yesterday, or the gorge would have been much more difficult to run. The color difference where Big Creek met the MFS was remarkable. The flow from Big Creek even succeeded in clouding the MFS farther downstream. Some of the bigger rapids on the MFS occur in this last 20 miles (Redside, Rubber, Hancock, House) and we were looking forward to some big water rapids for a change. It is unclear if the river was easier at this level, or if we had just become more confident in our boating over the last few days, but we were at ease just boat scouting all these rapids, and in a couple places realized we must have already passed the rapid without realizing which particular set of moves it must have been.