First Box Trip of 2015


Today, March 21, was Kathy’s birthday, and she wanted to run the Box. What a great idea! The forecast was for a high in the mid-60s and clear. This is the earliest we have ever run the Box, thanks to global warming. We were joined by Britt, CJ, Joe, Adrien and Michele. Britt and I were in an oar boat, and the others in a paddle boat. The river was running 1400 cfs, and the trip went off without a hitch, taking just a little over 3 hours. We had the river to ourselves.

At the put-in, a small group was performing Native American ceremonies, which included the burning of incense, and they blessed our boats. What a nice way to get the trip started.

The put-in, at the John Dunn bridge

The put-in, at the John Dunn bridge

Polished and sculpted rock

Polished and sculpted rock

Polished and sculpted rock

Polished and sculpted rock

The High Bridge

The High Bridge

Yellow Bank rapid

Yellow Bank rapid

60 Miles/Hour Rapid

60 Miles/Hour Rapid

Dead Car Rapid

Dead Car Rapid

Dead Car Rapid

Dead Car Rapid

Powerline Falls

Powerline Falls

Sharkfin Rock, in Rock Garden Rapid

Sharkfin Rock, in Rock Garden Rapid

Buzzsaw Rock Rapid

Buzzsaw Rock Rapid

Ugly Rock Rapid

Ugly Rock Rapid

Screaming Left Turn Rapid

Screaming Left Turn Rapid

Mitch's Bitch Rapid

Mitch’s Bitch Rapid, in the Boulder Field section

Screaming Right Turn Rapid

Screaming Right Turn Rapid

Screaming Right Turn Rapid

Screaming Right Turn Rapid

Sculpted rock

Sculpted rock

Taos Creek enters on the left at Taos Junction, the last rapid

Taos Creek enters on the left at Taos Junction, the last rapid

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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