Geology Float

Steve Miller —  May 11, 2015

Another recurring feature of the Guide Rendezvous (which is held in conjunction with the Mothers’ Day Whitewater Festival) is the Geology Float, with Paul Bauer. Paul is a Professor of Geology at New Mexico Tech and author of the authoritative Rio Grande Guide. It is the aim of the New Mexico River Outfitters Association, the sponsor of the Guide Rendezvous, to educate our guides in all aspects of the river story, so that they can pass along to guests accurate and interesting information about the river. These photos are by Kathy Miller.

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Today, the world-famous Pilar Yacht Club hosted a benefit breakfast for the Rio Grande Whitewater Festival. Pilar is the gateway to the lower stretch of the Rio Grande that is contained in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, also known as the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Just look for the Pilar Yacht Club, which sits at the junction of State Hwy 68 and State Rd. 570, which leads you through the Monument. After yesterday’s rain, hail and snow, today is warm and beautiful.

Whitewater Festival and Rio Grande Rendezvous sign at the Pilar Yacht Club

Whitewater Festival and Rio Grande Rendezvous sign at the Pilar Yacht Club

Eva and Rico, our hosts at the Pilar Yacht Club

Eva and Rico, our hosts at the Pilar Yacht Club

Chuck Zemack, of Los Alamos. At 84 years of age, he is one of the esteemed river running pioneers of New Mexico

Chuck Zemack, of Los Alamos. At 84 years of age, he is one of the esteemed river running pioneers of New Mexico

Byron Sessions, former NWR guide, from Socorro and Steve Harris, of Rio Grande Restoration and Far flung Adventures

Byron Sessions, former NWR guide, from Socorro and Steve Harris, of Rio Grande Restoration and Far flung Adventures

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The rest of the Sessions family: Sharon, Sky (middle) and Rio. Sharon is a Professor of Physics at New Mexico Tech

 

Dutch Oven Cook-off

Steve Miller —  May 9, 2015

Dutch Oven Cook-off, May 8, 2015. A dutch oven is a large cast-iron pot that is heated with coals placed both below and on the cover, and has been a staple of river cooking forever. The Dutch Oven Cook-off segment of the annual Rio Grande Rendezvous provided some very good eating! The winning dinner was a completely authentic paella. The rice was flavored with saffron (without which no dish can be called paella) and was topped with mussels. Bravo to the cook, a kayaker participant by the name of Chad, from Santa Fe. Congrats to John Seiner, of Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, for organizing the Rio Grande Rendezvous, and thanks to our BLM partners for the use of the group shelter at the Rio Bravo campsite, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Stay tuned for additional posts from this year’s Rendezvous.

The Dutch Oven Cook-off contestants

The Dutch Oven Cook-off contestants

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The food was soooo good, and went quick

Former NWR guides Shannon and Paul Allen and their kids

Former NWR guides Shannon and Paul Allen and their kids

Only the beans went unfinished

Only the beans went unfinished

Our geologist presenter, Paul Bauer, or geologist presenter, was fashionably late to dinner and was  obliged to eat beans

Our geologist presenter, Paul Bauer, was fashionably late to dinner and was obliged to eat, you guessed it, beans

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Kathy Miller, Pres. of NWRCo, took home two ribbons!

 

Fisher&Paykel run the Racecourse with New Wave Rafting Co. On Saturday May 2, we were very pleased to host the Santa Fe Mountain Adventures group, Fisher&Paykel Healthcare, on an afternoon run of the Rio Grande Racecourse. 94 participants were distributed amongst 17 rafts, and we were assisted in the effort by Far Flung Adventures and Kokopelli Rafing Adventures, who provided 3 rafts and guides each. Although it at first threatened rain, the sun was out by the end of the trip. Santa Fe Mountain Adventures staff handed out towels to the crews as they arrived, which was followed by a snack of energy drinks, water, Clif Bars, cookies and chips and salsa. A good time was had by all!

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The motor coaches approach the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande racecourse

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Loading up the rafts

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Adrian

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Billy

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Britt

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Chas

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CJ

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Hank

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Hendrix

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Jarrod

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Jeff

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Jesse

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Joe

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Mike

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Sancho

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Sancho

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Sean

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Shane

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Stephen

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Tori

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The take-out at the County Line Recreation site

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At the County Line take-out

 

The New Wave Comfort Station. Many have asked about the little building that stands near our office. It’s our Comfort Station, and here’s a photo of NWR Pres. Kathy Hammerlee (MIller), posing by the station and her new natural sculpture garden, wearing her new purple gardening vest. Is that a cool vest or what?KathyComfortStationApr292015_5902

Rio Grande del Norte Nat. Mon. poster. Here’s some new art work for the Monument. Which of our trips traverse sections of the Monument.? The Taos Box, and downstream, the Monument Scenic Float. Looks great, doesn’t it?

 

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Texas Tech, April 11, 2015. Today, we had a fun group from Texas Tech, in Lubbock. They did the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip. The guides were: Britt, CJ, Joe and Mike. Today’s high was 74 degrees. A beautiful day!

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At the Lone Juniper put-in, just upstream from the Rio Bravo CG, where the group is camping

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Proud of his good looks!

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Proud of his tattoos

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Proud of their tattoos

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Mike’s boat

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CJ’s boat

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Britt’s boat

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Off they go on the gentle float through the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. In the PM they’ll do the Racecourse rapids.

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Joe’s boat

 

 

 

 

Taos Box, 4-6-15

Britt Runyon —  April 7, 2015

Taos Box, 4-6-15. Britt Runyon is at it again, guiding a paddle boat down the Box and taking superlative photos (as I’m sure you will agree) along the way. That’s what I call multi-tasking! Also guiding on this trip of 6 was Joe Cameron. Besides the bighorns seen along the river’s banks, the party saw nesting water ouzels at Ouzel Rapid – named, as you would imagine, for the fact that ouzels nest every year in the rocks just a few feet above the whitewater of the rapid. Photos by Britt Runyon. Text by Steve Miller.

The Crew in the Taos Box.

At the put-in, just upstream of John Dunn bridge

Gorge Bridge, Bighorn Sheep and Raft

Gorge Bridge, Bighorn Sheep and raft

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Rafting the Taos Box

Joe Cameron, taking the drop in Dead Car Rapid, Taos Box

 

 

Latest Testimonial – Brad M. –  “Hello Steve, thanks for the great pics! We had an awesome time. And Britt was great. We’ll see y’all again!
Brad”

The photos I provided to Brad were seen on the blog of 4/3/15. I’ve been photographing most of our guests while doing the shuttle, since the photography company has yet to start up:

http://www.newwaverafting.com/blog/rio-grande-racecourse-4315/WavingApr032015_5240

Cast of Lava Flow Pattern. Appearing in yesterday’s blog was a photo of a basalt boulder, showing a preserved lava flow pattern. Basalt is the name given to the rock that forms from a very common type of lava. Basaltic lava is called “pahoehoe” in Hawaii. It flows with the consistency of pancake batter, and preserves flow patterns when it hardens. The pattern seen in this boulder is in fact a “cast”. It was formed when lava flowed over a hardened prior flow that had a preserved flow pattern on its surface. This pattern constituted the “mold”. Ultimately, the boulder broke in such a way as to reveal the cast.

Cast of lava flow pattern

Cast of lava flow pattern

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Solidified flow pattern in what is called “ropy lava”