Not all were simple, some were quite complex.
Sometimes the river looked more like a Louisiana bayou!
Our shot of pack rafters on their hike. We exchanged email addresses for photo sharing.
Just a few of the 10 - 15,000 rocks we hit, and had to drag our boat across, over our 10 days.
Group of 3 pack rafters, enjoying their first trip. They don't get hung up nearly as often.
Only shots of us on the river were taken by the pack rafters while they were on a hike.
Running 2 of estimated 500 rapids. See how close they are? Pack rafts are in background.
Took Cap't Whitey 1.5 hrs to get to us from Bullfrog Marina in a brand new boat.
Saw a lot of snow on north side of Navajo Mtn during our ride back to Bullfrog Marina.
Steven's Arch is 7th largest in the world, and we couldn't resist posing the boat below it.
> 200 lbs of rocks held down tent at camp on Lake Powell. Water's ~100 ft below "full pool".
It's actually possible to hike up under the arch, and Rich has done it! (See previous photo.)
Brad was down from Alaska. Originally was going to be on Rich's Middle Fork trip last fall.
Nice distraction on a day we couldn't tell where water was deep enough to float our boat.
Rich enjoyed striking dramatic poses for me, as on this rock at the entrance to Bobway.
This pothole shape more dramatically shows the swirl that helps to grow most potholes.
Nice pothole on our lunchtime hike up Bobway Canyon, probably my favorite hike of the trip.
This was our view from camp. We are so very lucky!
Late afternoon sun lights up the rocks beautifully.
This little guy hung around Camp 5 a long time. Almost stepped on him carrying the boat.
Nice petroglyphs just outside of Neon, also.
Next morning we hiked up onto the plateau for this view of Neon where we hiked yesterday.
It was a new experience for her. She was very cold! Plus they still had a long hike to their car.
Camp was framed by several dramatic fallen, but very much alive, cottonwood trees.
Twas a treat to watch a nice couple from South Carolina in a very dramatic setting.
This is the last rapel of a long, cold, wet, technical slot canyon.
At the Golden Cathedral, we heard voices up above, and a rope dropped down.
After unloading the boat at a camp near the river, we hiked up Neon. It's gorgeous!
Water running down Choprock hollowed this out. Cactus found the ecology to it's liking.
Choprock Cyn is well known for petroglyphs. White settlers defaced some of Indian ones.
Rich had named this "Black Strip Canyon" on prior trip. Discoloration is from water running.
I already told you I love the stunning colors of cactus flowers.
He made it! (I didn't even try.)
Rich climbing some moqui steps. Some are in amazingly steep sections.
"Moqui steps", carved by Indians to climb steep rock. These led up out of Escalante Canyon.
I can't resist spring wildflowers.
Do you see the dinosaur, facing right? Even his feet?
This broken chimney was all that remained of an early settler homestead for a large family.
Chased this duck all day. Many large birds along the river, even great blue herons.
Nice arch we passed under, high up the wall.
What's left of an old Indian cliff dwelling, far up the rock wall, viewed from down on the river.
Lots of spring flowers were out, making interesting contrasts with the rock.
Walking back down from bench to our camp to pack up for day 2 of paddling (and dragging).
River wanders between big rock walls, alongside lush spring growth on the trees.