Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 1, 2010

Fine day on the Colorado

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:10 am
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Things I learned on my river trip:

  • I’d rather be in the 90-degree air than the 55-degree water
  • Peak river volumes coincide with minimum water temps (liquid snowpack…)
  • The water was WAY colder yesterday than it was eleven days earlier when I flipped my raft
  • Dogs wear life jackets
  • Kayaks handle the big water more easily than inflatable rafts do
  • It is possible to add air to a leaky vessel in mid-river if your pump is handy
  • I will row on calm waters, but leave the navigating of rapids to my experienced river friends
  • (Sun + wind + river) = dehydrating
  • Tighten your life jacket fasteners maximally before heading into the most dangerous rapids
  • Make a mental note of the number of beers your oar-men have consumed before deciding who rows through the trickiest sections
  • No matter how cold the waves are as they splash into your boat, the sun will always dry and re-warm you
  • If you scream when heading into a giant rogue wave, it’s more fun


  1. I liked the “scream” suggestion.

    Comment by Kathy Lewis — June 1, 2010 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  2. I can relate to the distractability and screaming tips. What an adventure!

    Comment by Kate Kresse — June 1, 2010 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  3. Wish I could of made this trip!

    Comment by Will B. — June 1, 2010 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  4. your list was helpful, but by no means complete………… details are certainly missing.

    Comment by john — June 2, 2010 @ 6:28 am | Reply

    • Well, you see, it was an uneventful trip, albeit beautiful. I promise you I’ll write in detail about tomorrow’s river trip, this one with some big waters.

      Comment by kath56ryn — June 2, 2010 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

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