lodore canyon

it was unlike any other river trip i’ve taken.  yes, i prefer the way my regular river trips run: they’re about the river.  but it’s fun to do something different every now and again…it’s fun to meet new people…fun to see how those new people live their lives and spend their vacations.  it was one big 4 day party, but at least that party was in an incredibly stunning canyon with some pretty fun whitewater along the way.  it took some getting used to such a shallow river – i spent the first full day slamming my downstream oar into the rocks at the bottom, but once i got my shallow stroke to a comfy place, all was well.  well…until the last day in Split Mountain when everyone else was a little beyond the comfortable drunkenness point, so the trip leader made me run lead boat. at least i warned him i wasn’t ready for that before i wrapped by boat around the rock above the two big holes in S.O.B. rapid. fortunately we were able (after about 10 minutes of pushing/pulling/jumping/rowing) to peel the boat off the rock without losing anything, flipping it, or doing too much damage to the boat. i thought we were gonners for the first few minutes. and as disappointed as i was that i made such a blunder, i think it’s a pretty clean way to experience my first boat mishap. i’m sure there will be many more.

oh…and good news. they offered me a job guiding for them for a few trips. lookout.

i’ll keep adding PHOTOS HERE as i get them.


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