Went to the Platte River before I left for Alamosa, CO. Ended up being a lot of people puting in their rafts and kayaks for a trip down the river. So, along with flowers, etc., I took a bunch of photos of people having fun : )
These people are just milling around at the put in (waiting on the rafters : )
Someone testing their "eskimo roll" manuever. He did make it all the way.
The inflatable kayak on the right is the type that Will and I took down the Poudre. It's what I'd like to get some day.
Close up. Easy to pile in "stuff" (camping gear, food, etc.) in one of these compared to a kayak. Of course, a raft holds even more, but is also bigger, heavier, etc. Be nice to have both : )
Wet suits, yes. That water is very cold and it's not a "hot" day (although, it was nice).
Looking downstream where they are headed. I will eventually head down the trail myself. It follows the river for about a mile before coming to an abrupt end.
Perfect day for a spring trip on the water.
Rafts and kayaks, North Platte River, CO April 16, 2006.
Packing the rafts on a nice sunny spring day.
Finally, the rafters get floating!
Zoom in a little on that.
And zoom in at max.(I love my zoom : ). Almost looked like Larry Metz. But I know he was in Utah.
Kayakers heading downriver and having fun.
Fully prepared for cold water.
Last of the group (probably where I'd be : ) getting ready at the put in.
Zoom a little. The background looks a little "bleak", but the weather was actually pretty pleasant. Shirt sleeves or light jacket.
Zoom a little closer to the "lets get outa here" action : )
Got lucky with this shot of the geese. My camera is not exactly up to capturing great shots of flying birds. But, fun to try.
Everyone is now headed downriver.
I'm headed down the trail after them, but have to zoom quite a bit to show them going around the first curve in the river. But nothing to worry about. Just riffles here, but the canyon is starting to "close in."
This is a little ways after the first curve. Just fun stuff.
Here is a shot of the "trail" I was following. Kinda primitive : ) Definitely not an "official" National Forest service maintained trail.
OK. First set of really nice rapids. Also, I had to turn around here (or, climb up a long ways). You can't see it from this picture, but just to the left is a sheer cliff that the river runs up against. Anyway, I took a lot of photos of this set of rapids. Did not get to see anyone go down them.
Looking down river.
Looking back up river.
Kinda the middle of the rapids.
More of the same : )
Some nice moss I found. Any green type of plant was nice to see at this time of the year.
Zoom a little.
Hiking back up the river to the parking lot, I saw these kayakers headed for the rapids. Little do they know what's just down stream : )