Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 01/15/2016


Photo taken on January 13, 2015


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My Grand Canyon, page 10

My Grand Canyon, page 10
Down in the bottom of Grand Canyon, in the deep slot called Granite Gorge and just beyond, there is a succession of good big rapids, which we ran well.

Until Crystal Rapid. There, the river grew tired of us and snatched Elena’s oar (see note in photo.) Elena, who rows the dory named Hidden Passage, is an excellent boatman* ...you have to be, to work for the most prestigious whitewater outfit on the continent...but without an oar, she tagged several submerged rocks. Rubber rafts can bounce off of some smooth river rocks, but any contact is anathema to a dory.

She brought her little boat, stove in, low in the water, sluggish, into Thank God Eddy, just below Crystal. The other dories put ropes on the poor broken thing and towed it to the rocky shore.

Rollers appeared out of one of the holds, and Hidden Passage was handily dragged out of the river. From somewhere came plywood, fiberglass fabric, cans of magic potions. Hand tools, other gear. The five boatmen went to work like a skilled surgical team. It was obvious that they had spent much time in the warehouse, working on broken dories.

My jaw dropped as I realized they were not going to patch the boat. They were going to totally repair it, right there among the boulders.

Two hours later, except for three gaps in the trim paint, there was no evidence of damage. We launched and went downriver to camp. Factor was carrying small cans of paint in all the colors of our particular boats, and 24 hours later, no sign at all was left of the Colorado River’s fit of pique.
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* On the river they don’t say boatmenandwomen, women boatmen, boatwoman, boatperson, etc
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Bruno Suignard, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels), Dynamo, Marie-claire Gallet and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
LutzP
LutzP
..absolutely impressing. Can't wait for tomorrow ;-)
23 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Its far more confidence building for passengers to see those skills used and all "made better" !! Brilliant !

Thank God Eddy !!!! Now we know why the name !

And thank the gods the stupid "politcal correctness" didnt apply there either re "names". I have a habit of not applying it.. and it gets looks.... tough....

PS... I grow the Sacred Datura in my garden !!
23 months ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
It takes a lot more skill to get oneself out of trouble than in it.
23 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome action shot and story! Incredible how they got the boat repaired on the scene!
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Talk about action! Great shot. And your account is, as usual, well written, engaging.
23 months ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Love the names for the places......
23 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Great action shot.
22 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A great action shot and clearly impressive organisation.
22 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
WOW, impressive ! I would feel like a poor thing on these waters !!!
22 months ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
I feel a bit seasick just looking at those waters, but well done that boatwoman and the skilled repair squad
22 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Looks very scary !!
Congrats on Explore.
22 months ago.