First, one last look at the Crystal Creek area – a photo of Scorpion Ridge in early morning storm-filtered light, taken from Upper Crystal camp. 11 photos.
Scorpion Ridge, from Upper Crystal Camp, Mile 98.7
Alive Below Crystal! Now, a gentle float down to Tuna Creek Rapid, and the start of the beautiful section called the Gems.
Approaching Tuna Creek Rapid, Mile 99.7
This telephoto shot highlights a wall of sparkly gray mica schist seamed with pink granite. It’s one of my favorite walls in the Canyon
Lower Tuna Creek Rapid, Mile 100.0, is surrounded by pink granite
The approach to Nixon Rock, Mile 100.4, and a view to the South Rim
Kathy, at the tiny mouth of Agate Canyon, Mile 101.1
Agate Rapid. It’s all granite in this part of the Canyon.
Approach to Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8, with a great rim to river view (South Rim), from the Kaibab to the Supai to the Redwall to the Tapeats and the Inner Gorge of schist and granite
Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8
Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8, with a sharp hole that lurks just after this wave. Using one hand for the camera, and not holding on very well with the other (if at all), I went flying forward out of the boat when we hit it. Fortunately, a very nice gentleman by the name of Scott was positioned in the eddy, idling in his runabout – he was part of the GCMRC trip (that I photographed at the Bright Angel beach, seen earlier), and knew that the hole in Sapphire could cause trouble. I handed him my camera and climbed in.
Sculpted and polished black schist by the shore, Mile 102