Posts Tagged ‘River Running.’

Join us in Canyonlands for a sweet river adventure.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I will be working two Cataract Canyon river trips this June. The first is a scout trip June 16-20. The next week I will lead a trip that so far has only 5 passengers. The trip launches on Tuesday June 23 and finishes on Saturday June 27. The cost is $1000+ taxes and a shuttle ride back to Moab after the trip. The shuttle is by air and is about $140. If any would like to join this trip contact Tour West and tell them you are one of my people and sign on. I would love to share this five day adventure with you. If you want to ask me questions about the trip call my cell phone 435-262-0582.
img_2471.JPG Our trip will begin at Mineral Bottom on the Green River.
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Cliff ruins on the Green River.
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The Cross.
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Evening light.
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Hiking in the Doll’s House.
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Great beach for camping at Brown Betty.
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Big fun in the Big Drops.
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Ancient granaries on the Doll’s House hike.
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The view from the Cool Room.
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Looking down on the Stove Pipe Camp.
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The Confluence of the Colorado River and Green River.
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The Two-Holer.
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Looking out from the Two-Holer.
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Red rocks.
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The view from the Turk’s Head.
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The other side of Turk’s Head.
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Looking northeast from the Doll’s House.
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In the Cool Room.
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Ruin near the Green River.
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Looking downstream from the ruin at Fort Bottom.
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The cabin at Fort Bottom.
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The ruin at Fort Bottom.
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Lower Cataract Canyon.
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Two old folks on the trail.
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The Doll’s House.
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Confluence
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Confluence Overlook.
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Evening light after a storm on the Green River.
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Morning light on the Colorado River.

Daily Bread

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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After a summer of river running, gardening and tending the orchard. I am turning my primary attention to potting again. I have made some pots over the summe rbetween thing but for the rest of the year will be pretty focused on the clay thing. Above are some bread pots I made yesterday and today and an image of one of them I made earlier this year with bread made by an artoist friend named Dan Barney.

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Dan and Cass Barney.

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Grand Canyon Expedition Announced

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Join us September 2014 for the trip of a lifetime in the Grand Canyon.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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Lee and I are planning a trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon begining September 24 and ending October 11 of 2014. We would like to invite you to join us if you are able. We are organizing the trip through Tour West, a licensed Grand Canyon outfitter. We plan to run for eighteen days from Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek, a journey of 226 miles. We will travel in 18′ oar-powered inflatable rafts. The cost of the trip is about $5000 which includes all services on the river and transportation back to Flagstaff from the take out at Diamond Creek.
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We have been taking river trips through the Grand Canyon since 1992. Joe who works as a river guide has completed 48 such trips and Lee well over twenty.
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An oar-powered rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is the ultimate and most sought-after white water adventure in North America. Other rivers may offer comparable excitement, solitude and wonder, but in much smaller doses. No other river allows you to run its length for two weeks, shedding the inessential trappings of civilization, like so much dry skin, as you float past some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet.
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The Grand Canyon is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in the world, but relatively few people see its glory from the bottom up, or experience its meandering as intimately as in an oar-powered boat, which puts you closer to the water than larger, motor-driven craft.
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If you watched Ken Burns PBS documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” then you will want to come see this premier park as few get to see it.
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If you decide to join us on this trip, expect to be challenged and for your life to be changed. You may forget what the walls of your office look like, or what it’s like to wake to the sound of an alarm. You’ll wake instead to the sound of a cheerful guide calling “Coffee” and serving breakfast at dawn.
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Getting on the water early allows us to make miles in the cool and calm of the morning. We stop frequently to visit side canyons with deep narrow walls, waterfalls and swimming holes, hanging fern gardens, natural chapels and concert halls. There is ample time for hiking, swimming and lizarding on flat rocks in the sun. Lunch is served on beaches or in side canyons, wherever we can find shade. We like to get into camp early to allow time for each participant to find some solitude, and so the crew can prepare wholesome and tasty dinners. If you choose to join us on this trip, expect a degree of renewal far more profound than what you typically experience while on vacation.
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It is hard to convey second hand just how wonderful this place is.
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Pack some clothes and a good book and join us for a truly life altering experience.
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Dream.
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Shared solitude.
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Deep relaxation.
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Sounds that have been happening nonstop for millennia.
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If you are interested in joining us on this journey, please contact Joe or Lee as soon as possible. 435-462-2708 or joe@joethepotter.com We will be happy to answer your questions. Space is limited. We are asking a $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold your place on the trip at this point.

Flower pots and the Yampa River: Signs of Spring.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Lee and I spent all of last week on the Yampa River. We launched at Deer Lodge Park in Colorado and ran to Split Mountain on the Green River in Utah. The Yampa joins the Green at Echo Park in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. It was a glorious if wet week with beautiful people all but one of whom were new to us. It was so nice to catch up with our old friend Mho Salim who was the trip leader.
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The gang. Lee, David, Barb, Masoud, Todd, Mho and Joe the Potter.
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At Harding Hole.
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Signs of Spring.
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Tiger Rock.
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In the Spiral Cave.
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Late light at Harding Hole.
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Steamboat Rock in Echo Park.
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The Great Overhang.
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Lee and Joe ant Harding Hole.
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At home I have fallen back into preparations for the next two firings. I am getting ready for Heritage Day which is May 26 this year.

Grand Canyon Photography Adventure: September 21- OCTOBER 8, 2012

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Join other professional and amateur photographers for 18 days in the Grand Canyon traveling by oar powered rafts down 226 miles of the Colorado River.
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Hi,
I’m Joe Bennion a licensed Grand Canyon River guide, potter and amateur photographer. I have been running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon since 1992. I and my wife painter Lee Udall Bennion now organize special charter trips and lead them through the Canyon. Our trips are all outfitted by Tour West, a licensed Grand Canyon Outfitter. It occurred to us to put together a special trip geared to the needs of photographers. This is not a class or workshop, just a chance to travel with other serious artists during the beautiful low angle light of early autumn on a schedule that is designed around the needs of photographers. The group will be limited to 16 passengers. Spaces will be reserved first come first served by a non-refundable $500.00 deposit. The total cost of the trip will be about $4500.00 pending park service approval. If you have questions don’t hesitate to call me at 435-462-2708 or on my cell phone 435-262-0582.
Joe Bennion
PO Box 186
Spring City, UT 84662
joe@joethepotter.com

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Bass Camp mile 108
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Desert Palisades mile 70.5
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Water Weird mile 33

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”
LORAN EISELY

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Fluted Schist mile 211
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Schist and Mud at Schist Camp mile 96
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Eminence Hike mile 44
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Nankoweep Delta mile 52
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Erica in Clear Creek mile 84
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Louisa and Lee Enter Lava Falls mile 179
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Moon Set mile 29
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Morning Ocotillo mile 122
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Nords at Zoroaster Camp mile 84.5
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Stone Creek Collared Lizard mile 132
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Water Marks in Blacktail Canyon mile 120
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Jeff Going Big in Lava Falls mile 179
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Raven mile 29
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Tapeats Creek mile 135
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Marble Canyon Below Cave Spring mile 26
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Clear Creek mile 84
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Mule Deer at Nankoweep Canyon mile 52
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Blacktail Reflections mile 120
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Fern Glen mile 168
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Owl Eyes Camp mile 134.5
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Upstream View mile 33
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Deer Creek mile 136
All photography Joe Bennion

Prepare for the worst…

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The trip that Lee and I are planning will be unique in our 18 years of running rivers together. This will be our first time going down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon with out back up. It will be just the two of us in one boat. Sounds romantic doesn’t it? It could be if all goes well. A lot can go wrong on a river like that. We are taking some precautions. We are packing is a major first aid kit (the Park Service recommends one), I am trained as a Wilderness First Responder, we are taking along a satellite telephone which is pricey for two people ($320.00), and we are taking two river survival kits in case we get separated from our boat in an over board incident. The kits will clip onto our life vests when we go through the big stuff and will contain what one would need to survive for 2-3 days on shore alone until another party comes along. The Park service tells us that during the week we are launching there will be one party launching every day until March 1 and then 2 launches a day. There should be enough traffic that help wouldn’t be more than a day or two away.

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On the left is the assembled kit. On the right are the components which are (L-R): Small NRS Sea-Stow dry bag, 3600 calorie survival bar, whistle, LED flashlight, space blanket, signal mirror, waterproof matches, fire starter stick, alcohol for starting wet wood, wand warmers, water purification tablets, and a collapsible water bottle.
Of course we won’t need any of this stuff, but that is what insurance is for.

Cataract Canyon July 2009

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

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Right after our Grand Canyon charter trip this year Tour West asked me if I would lead a trip in Cataract Canyon. Louisa and Steve B were on the crew as well as our old friend Andy Weenig. It was four nights on the river and a lot of fun. The passengers were just great. We are thinking about putting togther a five to six night trip for sometime next summer with an emphisis on hiking. Contact me if this sounds interesting. Our last charter in Cat was a lot of fun. Here is a photo by passenger Peter Parker. Don’t ask me why the groover can is in the foreground.
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The crew.
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The people.
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The place.
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The hikes

Grand Canyon Charter June 2009

Tuesday, July 14th, 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.

Lets go boating: Cataract Canyon

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Lee and I have organized a river run through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park for July of 2013. The trip will be outfitted by Tour West. Here is link to their web page detailing the trip.
The price for this adventure is $1000.00+tax.

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Here is some of what is typical of the river in Cataract Canyon. During spring run off the rapids can be daunting. By July and August the mighty Colorado has settled down into a fun, family friendly ride. As you can see the visuals are not too bad either.
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This is a camping trip. Camp life is one of the best things about river running. You get the wilderness experience that is usually only accessible with backpacking and you get all of the comforts that a boat can carry. Expect exceptional food. Lee and Joe do the menus and they are great. Special food needs can be accommodated.
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Did someone mention hiking? This river takes you into the heart of Canyonlands National Park. The hiking is world famous. Or you can just sit in the shade with a book or crossword puzzle. It is all good.
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Then there is the water.
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Can you put yourself into this picture? That smile will be on your face and you will have some sweet memories to take with you.