Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Running Rapids - A View

There were over 140 rapids in my 187 mile trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The water is 48 degrees F on a hot day. But what does riding rapids really look like? Where are the wettest seats? When you are cold, where are the driest seats?

Wilderness River Adventures rafting by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Watching rapids on the Colorado River
A.  (above) Raft B members waiting for Raft A...

Wilderness River Adventures rafting by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Raft on the Colorado River
B. (above) Raft A occupants dry...

Grand Canyon rafting by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Running Rapids on the Colorado River
C. (above) Port pontoon is splashed...

Colorado river rafting by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Running Rapids on the Colorado River
D. (above) Port pontoon is doused...

pontoon Grand Canyon Rafting by Selep Imaging
Closeup of people running rapids
E. This is a closeup of (D): the Bathtub is hanging on...
(for terms like "bathtub" defined see this post)



Closeup of people running rapids
F. This is a detail of (D):
Person 2 is in the bathtub, Person 3 is in the shower seat,
Person 4 and 6 and and an unlabeled person (or 2?) are on the inner seats,
Person 5 and 7 on on the pontoons. Remember, this water is COLD, 48 degrees F.
Guides 8 and 9 are in the back - the driest place on the raft.


 
Grand Canyon rafting by Selep Imaging
People running rapids on the Colorado River
G. (above) Another hit on the port side...


Colorado river raft running rapids by Selep Imaging
People running rapids on the Colorado River
H. (above) The bathtub is being filled... (remember, there are 2 people on the pontoon...)


running rapids on the Colorado river by Selep Imaging
People running rapids on the Colorado River
J. (above) More water...

Running Rapids on the Colorado River
People running rapids on the Colorado River
K. The back end lifts up and the bathtub is under... again...

Wilderness River Adventures rafting Grand Canyon
People running rapids on the Colorado River
L. (above) Pretty much the entire raft is emerging from this - Note the water draining from the seat area between the pontoon and raft body...

Wilderness River Adventures rafting Grand Canyon
Hanging on while running rapids on the Colorado River
M. (above) (Detail of L). The front pontoon rider hangs on with his hands, the water has pushed his foot way into the air...
 
Colorado River Grand Canyon Arizona
Rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

N. Catch your breath, dry out and enjoy the scenery.  There is serenity even, until the next rapids...


 
Some background: I took these photos when I went on my rafting trip with Wilderness River Adventures - I was in raft B.  The raft B people "parked" raft B upstream, walked downstream to photograph raft A going by, then went back upstream and rode raft B down. It was exhilarating.  And wet.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bighorn Sheep in Grand Canyon

This bighorn sheep watched us raft down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from a low cliff. We saw surprisingly few mammals on the trip, so spotting one posing was a treat.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July Etsy Treasuries

I wanted to share two wonderful July 1009 Etsy treasuries that included products of mine.

Treasuries are great fun to be in, because a "curator" I never met found and selected my artwork to be in their collection. You get a kind of thrill when you are included in a treasury. Both treasuries have expired by now. (Alas, treasuries only last 3 days...)

The treasury "Teen Scene" was created by anuradesignstudios and featured my lollipops card (In the top right corner).

Lollipops Card by Jeanne Selep of Selep Imaging
The lollipops card is available for sale in my on-line store.
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MadAboutYarn created this treasury with the theme Peace. It featured my peace card pack (In the middle of the top row.) This item can be found for sale here in my etsy shop. I have a number of items with the peace sign.

(For an explanation of Etsy treasuries, click here )

Peace Sign Cards by Jeanne Selep of Selep Imaging

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Colorado River View of Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Colorado River rafting by Jeanne Selep Wilderness River Adventures
View of the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River
A view of the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River. You can only get here by water. (Or a really long hike.) This is classic "Out West" to me.

I traveled here on a 6 day Wilderness River Adventures raft vacation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rafting, Day 1, Part 3

We left Lee's Ferry boat landing, Arizona, elevation 3107 feet above sea level, at about 10:30 in the morning. The view as we started down the Colorado River was beautiful.
Lees Ferry Boat Landing Arizona by Selep Imaging
View of Grand Canyon near Lee' Ferry boat landing
The terrain and views were so majestic - and big. Everything was more 3D, more stunning then I had expected. The texture of the rocks was so intense. The scale of the views around us were so different from Wisconsin's lush spring.

There were 2 rapids within the first couple of miles, the first of many - there were over 140 rapids in the 187 mile trip. 

Miranda and I were riding in Brad (left) and Zack's raft.
Wilderness River Adventures raft by Selep Imaging
Guides Brad and Zack in the back of our raft
After about the first half an hour (and a rapid or two), The rafts were lashed together and we floated downstream as Bret gave us instructions on the raft, where the munchies, water and soda's were, and other details.
Wilderness River Adventures raft by Selep Imaging
Two rafts tied together for the orientation lecture
Around mile 4 we saw condors flying overhead, and the Navajo Bridges.
HWY 89A Grand Canyon Navajo Bridges over Colorado River
Hwy 89A Grand Canyon Bridge and Pedestrian Bridge over the Colorado River
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condor by Selep Imaging 
The Navajo bridges connect the North and South Canyon walls, soaring 470 feet over the Colorado River. 

Hwy 89A travels over the downstream car bridge built in 1995.  The upstream bridge, now for pedestrian traffic (and apparently condors), was built in 1929. 

The Navajo Bridges are last place a car can cross the Grand Canyon until 350 miles south, where cars can again cross the canyon at Hoover Dam. 

We passed under the Navajo bridges around 11:30 AM.
Navajo Bridges Arizona condor by Selep Imaging
Pedestrian Bridge over the Grand Canyon
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condor by Selep ImagingCondors can cross the canyon where ever they want, but seemed to prefer the Navajo bridges. 

I only remember seeing condors clearly the first day, at the Navajo bridge area, where they rested below the pedestrians on the bridge. Throughout the rest of the trip, a large bird might be spotted for fleeting moments, but I never saw one clearly enough to watch for a while, or photograph.




Around noon, the rafts were pulled up onto a sandbar. Lunchtime! The crew efficiently set up a washing area, serving table and a lunch spread. 

Wilderness River Adventures Lunch by Selep Imaging
Lunch in the Grand Canyon, Day 1
Lunch was great - a hint that we would not go hungry on the trip. 
Lots of food, lots of choices. 3 kinds of chips, 3+ kinds of meats; lettuce, tomato, cheese, onions, avocados; 3+ kinds of pickles, choices of bread; Mayo, salad dressing, low fat options (5 options here); margarine, honey, Peanut butter and jelly, cookies, and more.

Wilderness River Adventures Lunch by Selep Imaging
Grand Canyon Lunch, Day 1
By lunch time I was very glad I had worn all the water gear - The water that hit us was cold (48 degrees F). Pastor Swicegood had told us to wear lots of rain gear (for the rapids, not rain). I listened - Hey, he is the pastor. But the warm morning had made him optimistic, and he was in shorts - and cold by lunch time. Those people that wore shorts and short sleeve shirts at the beginning of the day loaded on rain gear and layers. Miranda didn't object to the extra layers this time.

After lunch we went through a series of rapids called the Roaring 20's : 26 rapids between mile markers 20 and 30. But more on rapids - in another post.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Elves Chasm, Grand Canyon

Elves Chasm Grand Canyon Colorado River rafting by Jeanne Selep

Elves Chasm is a beautiful waterfall located where Royal Arch Creek meets the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon. Elves Chasm is accessible by rafting around 117 miles down the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon, and then hiking a short distance
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