Monday, July 13, 2015

Fixin' To Float

June 25, 2015

I’m busy today packing gear and food for a four-day raft trip on Friday down the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. I’ll be accompanying the N.P.S. river rangers on their patrol of the 19 miles of the Green before the free-flowing Yampa River joins it for the remaining 25 miles to our take-out at Split Mountain.

Along the way we assist rafters and kayakers navigate Class II and III rapids and inspect/clean about 18 campsites along the river. Descriptions, photos, and videos taken with my new camera of the journey will be posted here in July.
I’m looking forward to this retracing of John Wesley Powell’s explorations (1869 and 1871) of the once unknown river.
"Now ‘tis a black portal to regions of gloom. And that is the gateway through which we enter (on) our voyage (of) exploration tomorrow – and what shall we find?”                                - John Wesley Powell, 1869
One of our first stops should be a Winnie’s Grotto as shown in the etching from Powell’s expeditions. The image above is of the Gates of LoDore.

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