The sides of the canyon reflected in a pool of water.
Erosion of the canyon floor caused by flash floods.
Sue examining the opening of the canyon through which we had entered.
After about 90 minutes, the hikers returned.
Back on the river with House Rock Rapid (rated 7-9) in the background.
Rapids on the Colorado River are rated on a scale of 1-10, increasing in difficulty depending upon four water levels: very low, low, medium, and high. The water level when we went through was considered high. As a result many of the rapids were not as difficult as they could have been but, strangely enough, some of the rapids are considered more difficult at high water levels. Regardless, many of them were still challenging and all of them were fun!
Going through House Rock Rapid.
Matt is doing what I think KJ called a Reverse Ferry, where they enter the rapid backwards, turn sideways, and somehow come out of the rapid going forwards. The rocks on the right are reportedly as big as a house at low water. At high water they are like an iceberg with just the tip showing above water.
But Justin got walloped by a rogue wave!
A note on photos of rapids... positioning was crucial to being able to get action photos. It all depended upon which raft I was in and where that raft fell in the lineup for each rapid. Also, with some rapids (like House Rock) the rafts entered with some distance between each of them while with other rapids (like Redneck) the rafts were closer together thus affording a better opportunity for better photos.
The thee photos below show the paddle raft crew navigating through Redneck Rapid. No, we weren't as close as it looks... these images are cropped.
Redneck Rapid might not have been a big one, but it sure was fun... Justin even thought so!
Another mile downstream we passed through Boulder Narrows. It was almost lunchtime and we'd only gone two miles on the river!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Note: The page Grand Canyon Raft Trip lists all of my posts published about this Grand Adventure!
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 2 - Part 1 :: Hot Na Na Wash to Boulder Narrows," Kinexxions, posted October 27, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-2-part-1-hot-na-na-wash-to-boulder.html : accessed [access date])