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.
Before we succumbed to rafting, we gave canoeing a try on the Yampa River in Colorado. The Yampa is the only unregulated and naturally flowing major tributary remaining in the Colorado River system. This was a 4-day trip sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club, who supplied all the canoeing gear. It was not, however, along the very scenic portion of the river within Dinosaur National Monument. Our trip was a ways upstream, in flat, open country populated mostly by cows. Still, it was a non-threatening way to test our canoe enthusiasm. We enjoyed the river but found that a canoe cannot have two captains if you want it to actually follow the river. Plus you have to paddle. Years – and a folbot trip – would go by before we embraced rafting, where someone else (the guide) is the captain and paddling is minimal.