May 20th 2016: Nankoweap TH – Nankoweap Creek – Colorado River- Kwagunt Rapids, ca. 13,5 ml
Crazy night. Windy as fuck. Tent comes down. We just “sleep” under the collapsed tent cause it’s just no use getting up. Leave around 6. Down down down. First along a red rock layer. Frikkin amazing! Next layer. Loose and slippery greenish yellowish stone. Concentrate Cat! Lots of wind. Loooooong way down and it’s getting hot!!!
6 hours of descending and we’re down at Nankoweap Creek. 1 hour lunchbreak. On along the creek. So so so damn beautiful! The walls rising up right next to us. But damn it’s hot!
And then. First view of the Colorado River. WOW!!!! Soon we meet the first rafting company. We talk for a bit. We drink a cold beer (you don’t say no to a cold drink in the canyon). Friendly captain Adam. Been a river guide for over 15 years. The river is carved in his face and streams like blood through his veins. In this heat we get drunk from one beer. Just right for bushwhacking along animal “trails” for 4 more miles. Being drunk helps. We laugh and our legs bleed.
We reach Kwagunt Rapids when it gets dark. Another rafting group. The trip participants want us to join and eat and tell stories. The captain (being all nice and shiny in his white linen clothes… So different from Adam) not so much haha. But what can he do. His clients hang on our lips and our stories. It’s well after dark till they let us go to sleep with very full bellies.
We sleep in the sand next to the river. Walls around us. Stars above. WOW again!
Now get ready for a shit-ton of pictures. I really couldn’t choose ;c)