OK - Noah's Ark, on Hwy 285 about 3.5 miles south of Hwy 24 (close to Buena Vista).
Mt. Princeton in the back - one of the Collegiate 14ers.
[I climbed Mt. Shavano Friday and stayed overnight at Noah's - after catching a thrilling softball game in town that evening featuring Noah's river guides.]
OK, so my tent isn't as big as what the Big Boys use. So, get over it.
Reunited after our Montezuma's Tower adventure: Laura, Ben and Craig - ready to raft.
Craig had generously invited us to go rafting and climbing with him - an offer we could not possibly decline.
Recall, this shot was taken at Garden of the Gods, where Ben, Laura & I made our improbable but fortuitous connection with Craig. View and read the full story in the gallery here named: 'Making New Friends on Montezuma's Tower, 7/26/07."
It doesn't get much gnarlier than 1,000 cubic feet per second, thx to recent heavy rain.
More info on our Brown's Cyn trip here: http://www.noahsark.com/ark.browns.cfm
Noah's is able to launch for Brown's Canyon right from their property on the Arkansas River.
OK, river-dudes & dudettes - listen up.
That's Skipper Daniel showing us good paddle technique.
Lots of boats launched at near the same time, but quickly spread out.
OK, 9:15 and on the Arkansas at last. Check out the warming sky.
Brown's Canyon coming up.
The guides had invented names for all the rock formations - which change with each trip.
The reddish hue is related to watermelons. Maybe I didn't capture the whole gory story.
This was the other boat in our pod. [Did you know dolphins travel in pods?]
Mt. Princeton in the background.
[Note: this wimpy "combo" boat has an oarsman in addition to the paddlers.]
Ben thinking about grabbing onto the bridge.
There were just the five of us in our raft: guests of Craig and Daniel, who were adventuring with us on their Noah's day off . [Guides get to wear the cool life jackets.]
All the rapids have names - but, like the rock formations, they probably change every trip.
This rock is Sleeping (or Laying?) Lion.
[You had to be there to see it.]
I think this formation has something to do with an Elephant's Butt? Go figure.
Maybe one of the Seven Stairs?
[I'm shooting with a Pentax Optio W30, guaranteed "waterproof" up to ten feet below water. Doesn't prevent a few splash marks, of course.]
Could be part of the Pinball Rapids?
Maybe they got flushed by the Toilet Bowl?
Or maybe it's our turn?
Look out for Widow-Maker.