Monthly Archives: April 2017

Earth Day and Spring Flower Bonanza, April 22, 2017

It’s Earth Day today, and I visited two of my favorite spots. The first was the Orilla Verde Recreation Area, along the Rio Grande upstream of Pilar, NM, and the second was what I call Rinconada Canyon, for lack of … Continue reading

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The Salt River, AZ , Part 3, March 25-26

We started the day with Quartzite Falls Rapid. This rapid used to be called, more simply, Quartzite Falls, because it’s most notable feature was a low but gnarly falls that usually called for either a portage or lining of your boats. Why the name change? Well … Continue reading

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The Salt River, AZ , Part 2, March 23-24

We had arrived at one of our favorite lay-over camps – Blackjack Wash. It, too, was over-grown, but still made a great camp. Blackjack Wash, at Mile 31.0,  is located .7 of a mile upstream from Quartzite Falls Rapid – the “power … Continue reading

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The Salt River, AZ , Part 1, March 20-22

A combination of low water years and no success in the annual lottery kept us away from our second most favorite river in Arizona for 7 years. We had first run the 52 mile Salt River Canyon in 1982, and … Continue reading

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Aerial Photos, Las Vegas to Reno, Apr. 3, 2017

One very rewarding aspect of air travel that takes you over  familiar landscapes is the opportunity it gives you to see and identify particular landforms and landmarks from above. I have enjoyed photographing such on the many flights I’ve taken between … Continue reading

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Ski Trip with the Levys, Tahoe Donner, 4-3 to 4-7, 2017

On April 3, Kathy and I flew into Reno, and rented a car for the drive uphill to Tahoe Donner, a subdivision of expensive vacation homes where Kathy’s daughter Laina and family were spending Spring Break at their rented “ski … Continue reading

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