We had driven north through the Navajo Reservation looking for cooler weather up around the Vermilion Cliffs. We didn't have permits for this wilderness area but figured we'd find good stuff on the edges. The Colorado River runs along the southern edge of Vermilion Cliffs . . . that's good, it'll provide focus and texture to our thoughts...imaginings...activity.
Lee's Ferry is about 30 miles down-river from the town of Page/Glen Canyon Dam/entrance of the Paria River. Lee's Ferry, despite its historic roots, is nothing but a "rubber ducky" concession for tourists.
Years back I had gone on two white water raft trips on the Youghiogheny River near Ohiopyle, PA. If you were lucky Spring rapids were Class III - IV, exciting because the ride was fast and there was a danger of being thrown out.
The Youghiogheny's Class III/Class IV was measured, in those days, against the
Colorado's IX/X. This day, however, the Colorado was not a Class X nor was I still 25.
We decided to skip skinny dipping and, as fits our gray hair, opt for the car air conditioner.
Labels: Colorado River, Glen Canyon Dam, Lee's Ferry, Ohiopyle, Vermilion Cliffs, Youghiogheny