Monday, June 16, 2008

OUR TRIP TO MOAB-- RUNNING THE MIGHTY COLORADO






This is my very first posting on our blog so you will have to cut me some slack. We also just got high speed internet about ten minutes ago so it will be interesting to see how this all works out. We went to Moab, Utah over the Memorial Day weekend with Chris and Davie and Derrick. We made arrangements to go through Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River on a guided tour. Carl wanted to go when the river was really high water because he thought it would make the rapids more exciting. This section of the river was about 18 miles long and had about 20 rapids that were classified as three and four on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the worst). The river was at the highest it has been in about 12 years (38000 cubic feet per second). The normal level for this time of year is about 15000 to 18000 cubic feet per second. Also the water was really cold so we all had to wear wetsuits. Anyway, the trip through the canyon was fun but not the wild ride we anticipated. Because the river was so high, all the rapids were way deep under the water so it was just very swift. We actually made the trip in about half the time it normally takes. This exciting adventure took place on Saturday. On Sunday we went to Church at our old ward in Moab. We lived there in 1976-77. Russ Was born in Moab. We were surprised there were a few people that remembered us from 32 years ago. Then we decided to stay on Monday so we rented a jeep and a mountain bike for Derrick and went 4-wheeling on the Slickrock area. It was a really fun trip. We want to go back this summer and rent our own raft and run the river on our own and also take our little Geo Tracker and go 4-wheeling again. It will be alot cheaper and just as much fun!!