Moby Goes to the Grand Canyon

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

–Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities

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Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, 21 days, 285 miles

Lee’s Ferry to Pearce Ferry

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The muddy Paria River clouds the Colorado River just below the put-in at Lee’s Ferry.

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Turquoise chips found in an 800 year-old Anasazi ruin. Did they make jewelry here? (We put them back where we found them.)
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Redwall Cavern was carved by the Colorado River long ago. Notice the people in the back of the cavern to get an idea how huge this place is.
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Granaries at Nankoweap

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The Little Colorado River gets its milky blue color from dissolved travertine and limestone.

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We stop to help another group right a raft following a flip. Larry’s the guy bottom right in the blue drysuit, red life jacket, and white helmet.
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Janene takes a nap, dressed safely for sun protection or an accidental dump into icy water.
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Larry and the Ross Wheeler

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Elves Chasm

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Rainbow trout

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On the trail into Deer Creek, Janene demonstrates the grandma butt-slide safety technique.

 

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Deer Creek
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Deer Creek
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Larry sits on the bow of a massive J-Rig commercial boat.
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The clear blue waters of Havasu Creek meet the murky brown of the Colorado River.
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Havasu Creek
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Janene demonstrates more safety techniques in Havasu Creek: floating in a drysuit.
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Crinoid fossils
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Pumpkin Spring contains lead, zinc, copper, and arsenic. Stay out of there, Larry!

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Dozens of miles before the take-out at Pearce Ferry, the Hoover Dam blocks the Colorado River and creates Lake Mead. When the lake was full, sediment filled the bottom of the lake. After years of drought, the lake level dropped, leaving the river to cut a path through the sediment. It’s a muddy, dusty mess and a sad ending for Grand Canyon reach of the mighty Colorado.

3 thoughts

  1. that looks like a trip of a lifetime. every picture just makes me want to be there. You guys live right. Gary

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