Starting out late May, Memorial Day weekend, 1997 in Moab, UT. .. Kevin handles the heavy lifting!
Last chance to return to civilization before we drop off the earth and deep into the canyon formed here by the Green River.
It took awhile (about 12 seconds), but we mastered the waterborne technique.
Joel meets Everett Ruess, who wandered into our camp! .. http://www.everettruess.net/about.html
[Slides are in chronological order, though often with large gaps.]
A lazy day on (or above) the Green River. .. Debbie never caught on to the shirtless style.
Three boats gather for the big conference: paddle upstream or float downstream?
I think downstream carried the day.
Lou is left to secure the boat, as Beau has urgent business with Fred!
[Fred was wherein we deposited our solid waste, per park regulations.]
We could never quite get rid of Everett - but he did play better as the trip went on. :)
We had some rain the first day - then dry weather the rest of the week.
Gathering all our now near-empty water containers. .. The Green River has too much silt to filter water from it.
After much pumping with our filters at a spring: Victory! .. Hey, someone has to take the photo, the rest being crack water (and rope) carriers. :)
Kevin is the hero of the moment - 'til we learned it was half for him and half for the rest of us.
Not sure if we ever checked how shallow it was, but we all jumped and survived.
L-R: Beau, Lou, Kevin, Debbie & Joel. ... Showing off our chert rock collection, which Beau offers to the Canyon Spirits.
Life on the river is good - very good.
Life in the evening can be quite good also.
Learning the Deer Fly Dance (while the photographer wears long pants).
Fragile pictographs, not petroglyphs. ..Go ahead and smudge it, Bill.
Wandering aimlessly in the Maze - remnants of an ancient alien civilization?
Yep - aliens are still lurking about!
[Bill is out of sight - much higher up!]
[Almost two years later (April '99), Beau and I would fly to Charlottesville, VA, for Joel and Debbie's wedding.]
Everyone gets very preoccupied with their dinners.
Beau has yet to master involving his feet also - like maybe tap dancing to the tune.
Kevin keeps a look-out as we raid the Indian grainery.
Jiffy Pop on the river. .. Do they still make this stuff?
Kevin naturally expands in water!
[Kid on top from another party.]