As noted in my previous post about our July float on the Gunnison River, the water levels were late in falling to what we call normal water flow levels. The North Platte River was higher than normal, but it looked like a low enough level so we gave it a try (about 1050 cfs). Like the Gunnison it seems to smooth out and actually Continue reading →
It’s a little later than normal for our first river float, but the water levels in the reservoirs are really high this year (2019) and additional water is being released causing some rivers to have higher flow rates than I’ve seen since I began floating rivers around 10 years ago. We planned to go a few weeks ago, but weren’t sure about safety, and this week it looked like the water levels Continue reading →
I’ve driven US 24 from Hartsel to Johnson Village in Colorado far more times than I can remember and have always driven past the entrances to Antero Reservoir. I’ve heard various stories over the years, like it went dry, it was open again, it was drained to fix the dam, etc. Well, it’s open again and I put it on my list of places to take the kayaks. There is a North Entrance which has a boat ramp and Continue reading →
Over the August 20-21 weekend we went to kayak a new lake for us, Twin Lakes, Colorado. I’ve driven by the lakes while traveling over Independence Pass, and even around it to the west end so I could backpack into Big Willis Gulch. Jeff brought his pop-up camper with his new truck, while Lisa and I carried his kayak and our tandem on the Avalanche. We had been Continue reading →
Two years ago I floated the North Platte River between the Foote put-in (North of Saratoga) and the I-80 take-out at the Fort Steele takeout. This year I was invited to float it again with one of the same guys as last time, and his youngest son, and another guy and his youngest son, for a three-day, two night trip on the river. Check out my previous post for additional information. This year the water flow was Continue reading →
Lisa and I attended a wedding over the July 4th, Independence Day weekend for a niece in Grand Lake, Colorado. Given that the wedding was on Saturday at 4PM, we brought along two kayaks, planning to paddle around on Saturday and Sunday, before Continue reading →
Several months ago I was looking at an old single-burner stove on ebay (no surprise, right?) and in one of those little photos which slide along the bottom of the screen I noticed a peculiar looking item. It kind of looked like a compass, but more intricate. I clicked on the item, which was listed under the title M2 Artillery Compass, to get a closer look.
Lisa and I just returned from a trip to Chicago. While there, we thought it would be interesting to take a kayaking architecture tour on the Chicago River. I guess when you live in a place for a while you don’t always get out and see some of the things you think about after you move away. We asked our friends and family about such a kayaking tour but nobody was familiar with the idea. Lisa searched around and found Kayak Chicago. They had several tours available and, since we’ve done none of them, we picked a 3 hour architectural tourleaving from the Magnolia and Le Moyne location. We arrived to find that we were the only people headed out with the guide that day, so if you want a trip with fewer people but don’t want to go on your own, it appears that a Thursday in mid-September is a good time to go. The weather was perfect.
Our guide, Brian gave us a few required instructions and we headed out.
Soon after launch we could see the Sears Tower (or, whatever it’s called these days)
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 →