The Hike out. 8.6 miles horizontally, 1 mile vertically, 108 degrees in the sun (which most of the way is). We are each carrying about 25 pounds gear and water. Total hike time: 7 hours. Not bad.
Day 5 is the biggest rapids day yet. They come one right after another for an action packed day. We transition from sedimentary rock to metamorphic and igneous as the river descends past the great unconformity. Penne and meat balls for dinner. Carb loading for the big hike out tomorrow. Beautiful starry sky again tonight.
Day 4 we hit some good rapids and hiked up a beautiful slot canyon. The little colorado was very silty and cinnamon colored. The silt is very fine and slick. Tuna steaks with rice pilaf and squash for dinner tonight, and it was delicious. The weather looks very monsoony so Elliot and i sleep in
Day 3 is a float day. No rapids to speak of. Still, it turned out to be my favorite day of the trip. We stopped at redwall cavern and played horseshoes, bocce ball and frisbee. We also saw some great fossils. After lunch we all hitched our boats to Tom’s oar (cargo) boat and
Day 2 is a big rapids day. It was cool this morning and the water is below 50 degrees so we really appreciated our splash jackets. We stop for a hike up north canyon, a gorgeous slot canyon. At the pool Megan and Leia gave us a wonderful little guitar and vocal concert. The acoustics of
We put in at Lee’s Ferry. We learn the few commands the guides use right away and then we are off. The scenery is awe inspiring right from the beginning (as you can see from the background). Lunch is a short break from the river. The crew sets up an impressive buffet of sandwich makings