Monthly Archives: January 2016

Birds, Rio Grande del Norte NM, New Mexico

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Ducks, Rio Grande del Norte NM, New Mexico

Yesterday, Jan. 15, 2016 (although my watermarks incorrectly state 2015), I made my first visit of the winter to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument stretch of the Rio Grande, also known as the Orilla Verde (“Green Banks”) stretch. On the … Continue reading

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River Safety for Magnificent 7, Sept. 2015

In Sept. of this last year, New Wave Rafting Co. provided river safety services for the remake of  the film “The Magnificent Seven”, starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The location was the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam, a spot … Continue reading

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Peru, Lima 11/5-6/15

We had spent no time in Lima upon our arrival. Now, we were going to spend the night in Miraflores, the nicest district of the city. We had made reservations for the Hotel Antigua, and this is the reason why: … Continue reading

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Peru, PumaRinri Lodge 11/3-5/15

We drove to Tarapoto, and then about a half-hour further east, to the PumaRinri Lodge (#8 on map below), elevation 804′. The lodge sits on a steep hillside above the Huallaga River. Now we were in the real Amazon lowland rainforest … Continue reading

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Peru, Moyobamba 11/2-3/15

Moyobamba (#7 on map below), at an elevation of 2877′, is called the Orchid Capital of Peru, and Waqanki Orchid Gardens is the place to go when there. Waqanki also has hummingbird feeders and hummingbirds. As though by design, Waqanki is … Continue reading

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Peru, Hummingbirds at Huembo, 11/2/15

We hired a taxi for our trip to Moyobamba (#7 on map below). This was an affordable and convenient option because there were four of us to split the cost. Two miles back down to the Rio Utcubamba valley, and we … Continue reading

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Peru, the ruins of Kuelap, 10/30/2015

We left the Gocta Andes Lodge at 9 AM for a full-day tour to the ruins of Kuelap (#2 on map below) and the small city of Chachapoyas. We back-tracked down to the Rio Utcubamba valley, and then drove south and upstream, … Continue reading

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Peru, the Catarata de Gocta (Gocta waterfall), 10/29-11/1/2015

We had just finished a 29-day raft trip on the Rio Marañon, followed by a day and a half of gear clean-up. Having anticipated that we would be ready for a change after the conclusion of our raft trip, we had … Continue reading

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Peru, the Rio Marañon. Day 29, 10/27/15

On the morning of Oct. 27, 2015 (Day 29), we had hardly a quarter-mile to go to the take-out, on river right at K. 619. We had done 385 miles on the Rio Marañon. But the original itinerary had us finishing at … Continue reading

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