Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Colorado River

We took a fantastic canoe trip for Matt's 40th birthday, paddling from Fruita, CO to Westwater, UT, through the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness. Highlights were bald eagles, a river otter, four bighorn sheep sightings (including a large group overlooking our campsite in the evening), clear skies for stargazing, and amazing rock formations.

At a distance of 30 miles in 3 days, it was a pretty relaxed trip. In fact, we broke up our time in the canoe with a lot of rock-scrambling, including a challenging but incredibly rewarding hike up Rattlesnake Canyon to a group of large rock arches. We couldn't believe we only saw 2 other people in that amazing place. On Labor Day!

We took way too many pictures. So here's a slideshow. Click here to watch a full-screen version, or click on the triangle below to play it here.

Want to follow in our wake? We rented from Catfish Canoe Company in Grand Junction -- run by a nice guy named Henry who actually hails from PG County, Maryland. He loves the river and was very helpful in planning our trip from afar. Tell him we sent you!