Friday, November 9, 2007
Now lets just hope I can keep running it like that! :)Kat
Below are his and hers lines at Pencil sharpener:
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Kat (above) entering the center line at Bear Creek Falls, or Big'un...or whatever its being called these days. This is such a fun rapid. David (below) running the same line, but a closer shot.
Here's David on the second drop:
Kat's second picture turned out blurry. Thanks to Dneesh on Boatertalk for the pics!
Monday, August 27, 2007
A tight little slot:
David scared me on this one...but he kicked it right back up and never got his face wet.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
We spent 4th of July on Hell's Canyon in our playboats with raft support! We caught plenty of smallmouth bass and a few small steelhead, and we ate some too! It was awesome to see Sarah, Terry's 13 year old daughter, run some HUGE rapids in her new Fun. She did very well. The real kicker of the trip was finding a big rattlesnake basically under David's pillow one morning after we had slept on a tarp under the stars. Creepy, huh?
Ladle (above) and Wolf Creek (below).
Lunchtime at Cougar Bluff:
Typical Selway scenery:
Moose Creek Ranger Station and Airstrip (below). This is where the first smoke-jumps were made in 1940. The farm and buildings were built in the 1920's and 30's. Pack bridges, trails into Moose Creek, and along the Selway River were built in the 1930's by the CCC, and later finished by Japanese internment camp workers during WWII. The Forest Service maintains them in true historical fashion, allowing no motorized or mechanical traffic on the trails. This includes chainsaws as well. Downed trees are cut by hand and most supplies are packed in on foot or on horseback.
Old growth cedar trees, ponderosa pines, ferns, and moss line the banks of the Selway River. Its water is clean and clear.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
There are a couple shots of Daisy and the Upper East here too.
Speaking of ghost towns...
This one is called Ironton and it sits at 11,000 feet in elevation. It's one of many towns that sprung up near the old silver mines in Red Mountain that thrived in the 1880's. There is even a ghost town called Chattanooga there! The Yankee Girl mine was in operation until the 1930's but its most profitable years were before the Silver Panic in 1893. Ironton once had over 1000 residents, but the last resident died in the mid 1960's. Several fires have taken their toll on the ghost towns in this area. Its definitely worth checking out if you are traveling from Ouray to Silverton, Colorado. There is a narrow gauge railroad track following the Animas River to Durango. We spent a day on Lime Creek, which is also in the area. Check back for a video clip of Adrenaline Falls! South Mineral is also nearby, which I have run, but rumor has it that it is full of logs now.
On another note, if you haven't mountain biked in Crested Butte or Salida, you are really missing out. The single track is incredible.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's South Rim is worth a look if you are in central Colorado.
Can you see the horizon through the natural rock arch below?
Mesa Verde National Park was our final stop in Colorado. The cactus were in full bloom both here and at the Black Canyon.
This is the cliff dwelling by the park museum. We were allowed to walk around the dwellings and even descend into a kiva. Kivas are round pool-like areas within the dwellings that are believed to be a sacred religious worship area for the ancient ones that lived here.
Below is the Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde's largest cliff dwelling. It was discovered in the late 1800's by two cowboys. The dwellings are estimated to be built around 1200 AD.
These pictographs are a 6 mile hike, but it is worth it. Bring water!
Mesa Verde had a breathtaking sunset that evening. After enjoying it, we headed to Moab for a day of mountain biking, or was it 'baking'! Then we were on to Idaho.