Mosey down the Colorado

Discussion in 'On The Water' started by gnwatts, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. gnwatts

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    I pulled up to the Potash boat ramp about 7am, not really very excited. We had planned a bigger party, but my wife and our 2 friends bailed on me. Spending 4 days with myself is always entertaining I guess, at least for me.

    It was cold, raining, no wind though. It rained and thundered off and on the rest of the day, and all that night.
    Tex's pulled into the parking lot to launch their jet boat, for a trip down to Spanish Bottom to pick up some wet, cold boaters. I would see their boat once more the next day, the only other boat I saw the whole trip was a raft headed for Spanish Bottom.
    There was a guy there launching in a small sea kayak. I got the feeling he had never even been in one before. Pretty sketchy if true. He had a huge pile of stuff next to the boat. He could probably take half of it. I never saw him after that. Maybe he gave up.

    Lunch

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    I made it about 12 miles to river mile 35. I had decided to slow down this trip, see the sites, and camp in places I had not been in before. I found a nice sand bar.

    Camp 1

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    Back on the water.

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    Little Bridge Canyon loomed ahead. Never camped there. Seemed like a great place to spend a day and night. I had checked Little Bridge out before, but it was always too early in the day to stop. It was only 1pm, and I had only gone 5 miles, to mile 30. I was happy to get out and explore a little.
    BTW It was a bitch to get my stuff up here. Another person would have made it a lot easier.


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    Past the ghetto inland camp spots, a view up canyon. I made a short exploration of the canyon in the afternoon. The canyon is flat for the first couple of miles, then it boulders up and gets steeper. The next day I hiked a few miles up, to where the canyon narrows and changes. I wanted to get back to the boat, so further exploration will have to wait.

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    Back at the ranch, things were looking up. Sun!
    I sat for a couple of hours watching the light dim, a memorable sunset.

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    I made it another 5.5 miles, to just down river from Gooseberry Canyon. It was getting better and better. Clear night, comfy sand. Airport Tower is mesmerizing, especially if you stare at it a long time.


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    The next morning I watched a storm go by, and then got a fast ride back to civilization.
     
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  2. Jackson

    Jackson I like to go outside.

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    I love those black and white shots. Thanks for writing this up.
     
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  3. slc_dan

    slc_dan Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior

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    Good trip @gnwatts. Sometimes being solo isn't our first choice, but turns out to be the best choice. I hope it was a productive trip for you in that regard.

    Looks beautiful. Lots of weather to watch on a grand scale.
     
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  4. b.stark

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    Awesome. Rode down to Spanish Bottom with Tex's this spring for a hike in the Maze, and a float trip down that stretch of river (or on the Green) seems very appealing.

    Great photography, too.
     
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  5. nrayutah

    nrayutah I love Utah

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    I love the moodiness of the clouds in those shots! What was your favorite part of the trip?
     
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  6. gnwatts

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    Thanks for your comments.
    @slc_dan , I would have rally liked Nancy to come, but life intercedes. Not talking for 3 days other than the occasional "holy shit", is very productive.
    @nrayutah : silence, cloud watching and espresso in the morning.
     
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