Rafting the Colorado River (September 1994)

Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona

Up until 2008, our adventures were retained only as memories and on Kodachromes. While our memories may have faded (just a bit), the Kodachromes haven’t – and we have a lot of them. So we’re digitizing a select few to bring some of our past adventures into the 21st Century. This is one of those.


A raft trip down the Colorado River from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek through the Grand Canyon is one of the great trips of a lifetime. But you need at least two weeks for it and back in the 90s we rarely got that much time off from work.  Then a two week gap materialized during a work-dictated move from the East Coast to Hawaii (nice weather but working there is not a vacation).  Somewhat miraculously, we, along with our friends Wayne and Diane, were able find space on a late season OARS trip running within this gap. We were fated to float! It was the first of several great trips we’ve done with OARS, including the 2014  20th anniversary reprise of this same trip, also with Wayne and Diane.  Many photos of varying quality (keeping the cameras dry, sand-free, and loaded with film were all tricky) resulted but my notes as to where and when are uniformly poor (this was way before GPS tagging). Diane kept a meticulous journal but that, unfortunately, was not keyed to my snapshots.  So here are a few snaps from a trip that is best experienced, if you can swing it, in person and not vicariously through pixel gazing.


 

Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
One of our rafts; pretty much the same as the ones in use today
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
This trip has a lot of whitewater (actually more like latte water)
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
The raft seems big until you get into the rapids…
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
…then it seems real small
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
Scouting Lava Falls Rapid (although Crystal is an equally fearsome rapid, Lava is the one the guides use to scare you)
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
Heading into Lava
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
Noooooooo…
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
SPLAT!
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
End of day on the Colorado
Lees Ferry Diamond Creek Colorado River Arizona
Another wonderful trip on the Colorado

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