Earlier in the year us river rats discussed floating the Yampa and the Gunnison rivers. But, as the Colorado spring remained fairly dry, and work and personal schedules made June trips difficult, it became clear that those rivers just weren’t going to work for us this year. So, we headed back out to the Colorado River for a float through the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons section, west of Fruita, Colorado.
We arrived on a hot, August, Saturday evening, stopping for dinner at El Tapatiorestaurant just off of I-70 at Exit 19. This is very convenient as it is right across the road from James M. Robb State Park which is where most of us were camping for Continue reading →
Well, the summer seems almost gone and I finally got out for a river trip. John and family took a raft this year, while Marty had his Old Town canoe, but also a new kayak. This trip would be on the Colorado River, passing through Continue reading →
This is the day of the big rapids. With adequate warning from the guides, the rafters in front were in full rain gear. Right from the beginning we were in big waves. The “practice” from the previous three days made this quite a fun ride because by now we have learned how to handle them. I planned to call out the name of the rapids after turning on the GoPro, but I didn’t always remember or hear the name. I know we began with Hance and continued through Sockdolager, Grapevine and Crystal with Continue reading →
We stayed at the Marble Canyon Lodge on the evening before the trip. The lodge is right across the street from the meeting place at the airport. The lodge also has a restaurant, so we ate breakfast there and later drove across to the parking lot, unloaded our gear and waited. Planes began arriving, eventually bringing in Rod’s friends who invited us on this trip. There were several groups of people and at least two Continue reading →
Great views of the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River
Over a year ago I was invited to join a group on a 7-day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It’s kinda pricey, so I talked it over with Lisa, who was not interested in a remote trip of that length, and decided to accept. The trip through the canyon began Continue reading →
I was invited to join in on a Colorado River float which was from August 4th through the 7th.
The group of river rats ready to head out
Monday afternoon we travelled from Colorado Springs to the Island Acressection of the James M. Robb state park, east of Grand Junction. It’s a nice, clean state park and campground, and not too far off of I-70 (use Exit 47), with enough sites to be able to just drive up and grab one without reservations (at least during the week). This trip included two Continue reading →
Each of the last 4 years I’ve been attending a “guys only” canoe trip in August. This year, like the first year, we floated the section of the Colorado River between Fruita, Colorado and Westwater, Utah. In river miles it’s a pretty short trip. Roughly, 30 miles. Last time we took 3 days, 2 nights on the river, but the guys thought we could use a little more time to goof off and relax so, we extended the trip by a day and night. The BLM manages this section of the river and there are many designated camp sites. For better or worse the BLM now requires boaters to make Continue reading →