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San Juan River Float

Recently we got a chance to head to south east Utah and float on the San Juan river again. It’s such a great, mellow stretch of river that we love doing. It’s perfect for kids, the scenery is beautiful, there are some really great hikes, interesting geology and some boating challenges…

Those of you who’ve done this before are probably laughing at that last one. Sure, it’s a mellow river with a quick current at first and a few minor rapids. But it does have Government rapid, which is a good one to scout if you don’t know to enter center-right and push away from the rocks on the right to hit the slot. It also has a new rapid, of which we couldn’t find any info. Fortunately, it’s an easy one to read-and-run. On a curve, constricted from a side canyon flash flood.

The other challenging part at this time of the year is the lower part. It’s gotten so silted in that when the water’s low, there’s narrow channels that meander all over the place that you have to find. Sometimes it’s challenging, but it’s always pretty slow and easy to get spread out.

One of My Favorite Green River Campsites

Near the campsite in Lodore.

This is the river right near one of my favorite campsites on the Green River in Lodore Canyon.  I’ve camped here many times.  There’s often a long beach right in front of this campsite to play on, sleep on or just hang out on.  Like many places in Lodore, there are lot’s of trees and campsites on the river right along with a trail to a nice overlook.

My first time to camp here was in the sleet on my very first Outward Bound training river trips in the early 90’s.  It was early season and it was very cold.  I remember this day as being fairly nice during the day, but that changed quickly as the evening wore on.  I also remember having a leak in my bike water bottle that as tied to a boat, hanging in the river.  Without looking, I pulled it up, opened it and took a big swig of river sand.  yuck.

There’s also a nice hike up to an overlook which is fabulous for taking pictures!

The Green River is one of my favorites because it’s a clear, low volume, technical alpine river, which is what I spent most of my life on.  Also, much like the middle fork of the Salmon.  I find them to be so much fun!  Don’t get me wrong, as I also really love the high volume dessert rivers too, but these are different and incredibly special.

 

Campsite on the Green River Lodore Canyon river overlook

How Social Media Marketing can be fresh every day

I’ve heard people say that they never have anything to talk about with regards to marketing their websites or products. That it’s always the same thing day after day and there’s never anything to talk about and that they’re too busy to see beyond the day to day activities that keep them busy.

I would disagree with this.  And here’s why.

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Rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado

Many years ago I was a river guide on the most popular stretch of river in the US – Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas river in Buena Vista.  I guided that river every day for almost 10 years.  About year 4, I got bored with floating the same stretch of 8-12 miles every day (many times twice a day!).  One day I decided that I was going to look for something new on the river every day to see what I could find.  I quickly discovered that there was sooooo much more going on under my nose than I had EVER imagined!  I saw ruins of old buildings, waterfalls, plants, birds, rock formations, rapids, etc.  And in doing this, I was able to share much more of the natural history with my friends and passengers that I was able to get to know my passengers better and greatly enhance their trip in ways I had never imagined.

As a side result, I became a better boater too.

This is Social Media Marketing.  Noticing new things every day and being able to talk about them in one social way or another.  Whether you use a blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or some other avenue of communication, you can be social.  Find something you’re passionate about and share it – regularly.

International Day of Climate Action

See how 350.org‘s the International Day of Climate Action went.

On 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.

Learn about what 350 stands for, see photos of this event from around the world.

Bunea Vista, CO - 350.org celebration. Courtesy of BVRoastery.com


350.org video showing the worldwide support of 350 day!

Gates of Lodore on the Green River

Heading towards the Gates of Lodore on the Green River.

Headed Towards the Gates of Lodore

This was a really fun summer trip on the Green River through the Canyon of Lodore.  This was just after launching and we are still in the flats headed toward the Gates.  This is one of my favorite rivers because of the low volume and technical nature of it.  It’s really fun to be able to truly navigate a river around the bends, eddies, rocks, currents, etc.  It reminds me a great deal of the Arkansas River in Bunea Vista, CO, where I spent most of my river time…

Mid way through, the Yampa River joins it in Echo Park and increases the volume.  You can drive into Echo Park and camp, hike, climb, etc, but floating through it is the best.  On Steamboat Rock, you can see some old climbing gear (webbing mostly) hanging about halfway up that is rumored to belong to Layton Kor, but who knows.  Maybe he can confirm?

Grand Canyon Calm

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon nearing the end of a long day.

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon nearing the end of a long day.

I remember this moment really well. We were camping after what was always a long day on the river and where we were camping there wasn’t much beach.  Just one small soft, sandy spot that a couple people grabbed right away.  But that’s ok, they didn’t have quite this view. Anyway, so a bunch of us found some rocky ledges above the waterline to settle into.   The rocks were perfect for setting a thermarest into and having a very nice place to recline and watch the evening drift by.

We had broken up into different group for meals and my partner, Ed, had cooked a really good dinner and was mixing up the just-add-water cheese cake pie.  This was one of those luxuries that is easily overlooked.  You would NEVER get boxed, just-add-water cheese cake pie at home, but on a long river trip, it was HEAVEN and we easily made everyone else envious.

It was a good day! (as they all were)

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