As our rafts nosed in to a gravel bar on the shore for the night, a strong wind suddenly came up. It was blowing so hard that our head guide told us to put up our tents on a flat area which was sparsely covered with low willow bushes. This was unusual, but his further instructions clarified things. He wanted us to tie our tent guy ropes to these deeply rooted willows so that the tents would not blow away.
It was difficult to put up our tents in the wind, but with the help of our two fast-moving grand children, we soon had both our tents up despite the wind, and they stayed up overnight.
This was only our second campsite on the Snake River itself, and our first introduction to weather problems. Later that evening it rained heavily, but nevertheless all went well.
It was a beautiful evening. The photo below was taken after 11 PM.
I have described my first three rafting trips in the book Rafting the Great Northern Rivers: The Nahanni, Firth, and Tatshenshini.