Grand Canyon Charter June 2009

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We have been home from our 2009 June river trip for two and a half weeks. It has taken me a while to get the photos up as I have been out on another river trip and busy trying to get caught up here at home. It was a sweet trip with Lee, Louisa and me on crew with Steve Bocagno as well. Here are few images worth a thousand words each to give you a sense of the adventure. We are currently booking for our 2010 june trip.
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Lee’s brother Marc joined us with his wife Ruth, her sister Louise and Marc and Ruth’s daughter Sarah.
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Paul Bakkom came with his son Erik.
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Susan Weeks and Mark Conley and their friend Judy Stone joined us from Colorado.
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Julia came to us by way of Tour West. She was a fine addition.
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Paul and Erik hanging out. The canyon is a great family place.
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Are we having fun yet? Joe leads Team Bedrock on a tour of the left side of everyones favorite obstacle. Can you tell that the boat got COMPLETELY full? In this photo the boat is just coming down from a mighty highside effort by the crew. Also check out how quickly Steve Boccagno got up on top of Bedrock with a throw rope. It is nice to have that kind of people backing you up on the crew.
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In the eddy below Bedrock Joe finds out how hard it is to move a boat full of water as the team bails.
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Team Bedrock at Owl Eyes beach.
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Joe catc hes a nap at the Deer Creek Patio later that day.
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Hanging out at Doris camp after the Bedrock fun.
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Louisa engaging in a little chub petting during a lunch break at 60 mile rapids.
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Who needs dishwashers?
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Lee and Sarah lead the Diaper Train at the Little Colorado.
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Not only can she clean a peanut butter knife she can make great Freedom Toast.
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Marc caught this heron and digitized it.
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“No s**t, there I was…” That is how all good boatman stories start.
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“If you take that picture I am going to stick this carrot in you.”
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The nightly game of pick up sticks.
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Petting fish….kissing rocks, what is next?
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Louisa Becker, our hero, hiking Havasu nine months after bilateral knee replacement surgery.
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I don’t know, it just happened.
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Why are these canyoneers smiling? The picture was shot at the shady ledges below Lava Falls.
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When the going gets tough, the tough find a rock and pass out on it.
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Stepping into North Canyon.
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The pool at North canyon.
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The true happy hour.
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Reaching for it.
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Actually the only reason Lee gets to come is because she looks so good on the front tube of the boat.
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After the coffee, the ecstacy.
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Oh gosh, not Tuna Creek again?
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After the nap at Blacktail.
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Would you let this guy row you down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon?
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Cousins.
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Erik catching some quiet time at Matkatamiba.
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My new Black Diamond Mega Lite came in handy when it tried to rain one night.
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Marc snapped this amazing image at Havasu. The Grand Canyon makes everyone into a better photographer.
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Sarah resting up for more fun at Last Chance camp.
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Team Havasu demonstrating the Monkey dance that got us off the rock in the top of Havasu Rapids.
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The game.
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This was the Bennion Grand Canyon charter trip 2009.
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Floating to the chopper pad the last morning.
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Hiho Silver….away.

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5 Responses to “Grand Canyon Charter June 2009”

  1. Susan and Mark Says:

    Joe,
    Thank you SO much for the wonderful photo album! You continue amaze us…first with rowing, cooking, and canyon knowledge and now with your creative talents. We continue to look back on our GC trip with you as one of our BEST outdoor experiences ever.
    Love and best wishes to you and your family,
    Susan and Mark
    P.S.
    I forgot to mention your singing which we also greatly enjoyed at the start of the trip and at first light the last morning.

  2. Judy Says:

    What fun to see the Bennion photo shoot of the Colorado River trip. The trip was beyond anything I could have imagined. The canyon had a profound effect on me, leaving me in a state of bliss for weeks after
    The hikes, the waterfalls, the pools, the camps, the food, the company, the beauty that was never ending and the RIVER!!!!
    Thank you Joe and Lee for making it happen, and also to Steve and Louisa. I will never forget it and I never want to forget it

    Judy

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