4 old men in a couple of canoes


May 19, 2012

Charlie and I had done Ruby Ranch to Mineral Bottom on the Green River with Nate and Nick last year. So it came to pass that Charlie and I would see the rest of the Green, along with my friend Mike and Charlie's brother Dan. I had floated this section 4 years ago, and the river was pretty nasty to us. So in the spirit of reconciliation we started down this beautiful stretch of water, leaving Mineral Bottom and needing to be at the confluence with the Muy Colorado 4 days later. We had 2 canoes, good food & drink & company.

Above & below: from our 1st camp:






The 2nd day started out nice, then started to cloud up due to an old hurricane that originated in Baja. We got a little drizzle, and cooler temps.


The water was glassy all day, every day:


Our 3rd camp. 2 of my 3 batteries drained extremely fast, so I took no photographs paddling on our 3rd day, wanting to save the battery for later that evening. Another great camp spot, deeper in the canyon, and a little sun.






Last photo. Dead battery.
We packed up the next day, and floated an hour down just past the confluence to await our jet boat.
BTW, this stretch of the Green is much more crowded than 4 years ago. We had a very difficult time finding our 2nd camp spot, not until 7pm did we stop. I was thinking that we would be spending the night in the canoe.

Oh well.
It was still spectacular.

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Adventure Guru
Jan 20, 2012
Nice trip! I believe that Powell did thing the Buttes of the Cross was one butte at first when they named it/them, but as they continued the float, they saw that it was two separate buttes. He mentions it in his book.


May 19, 2012
Thanks for your comments. The Datura was spectacular. It was all by itself, and the only one around which is kind of rare, as I usually see them in groups.
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Sep 12, 2014
that pic at Butte of the Cross is sick. and the flower too.
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