|Ellie posed outside before winter covered the ground. Happy Winter Solstice.|
|Celebrating light returning to the days at North Creek Rafting Company|
|Scouting Lava Falls, December 1, 2013 (Photo by Greg Casto)|
|Granite Rapid (photos above and below taken by Greg Casto) is an unusual rapid because of the huge lateral waves that come at you from the right - Guide to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon: Lees Ferry to South Cove, Fourth Edition by Tom Martin and Duwain Whittis|
Check out video of five rafts running Granite Rapid:
|Before we stopped to camp for Thanksgiving, we found Buddha and spirits (center) in Bedrock Rapid. Word got to Buddha's owners downriver that he was part of a shrine upriver at Below Tapeats Camp. Eventually we caught up with the party who launched with Buddha and returned Buddha.|
|Esther, at nine months old, helps her dad with the big rig.|
|Camryn and Jackson explore our 18' expedition raft.|
"I think that this is the hardest letter to get started that I have ever written," wrote whitewater addict Bert Loper to Julius Stone after his Salmon River trip (Idaho):
for I have wanted to write it different from all the rest. You know that I took your book along with me so I could get an idea of just how to write but I have given up all hope of ever becoming a writer - the first obstacle is the lack of education and the other is my inability to handle the English language in a proper manner. I have read your introduction to your book several times and the beautiful language in it makes me despair.
"Please don't bewail your lack of education or redundancy in the use of words, " Stone replied, "because you have a forthright way - even though it might sometimes seem crude to highbrows - of expressing yourself. The whole essence of any narrative, whether fanciful or factual, is to have something to say, and then to say it."
- from "The Very Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River" by Brad Dimock
|A ducky ride through heavy whitewater in the Hudson River Gorge. Photo by Jim Swedberg. North Creek Rafting Company, www.northcreekrafting.com, will offer new ducky trips on a section of Hudson River above the Gorge.The section flows through some of the newly-acquired state land. This trip will be suitable for beginners and available in 2015.|
|Scooby and I in a raft outside our barn in 2008|
|The Black and White Boy Club - Scooby, Rondeau and Herman - lost it's founding member and president this week.|