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We had all foreign guests today – a French couple and an English family. The Armstrong family, from England, did the Racecourse rapids in the afternoon, joining Dominique and Olivier, who were doing the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip. Britt Runyon was their guide. The river is running 565 cfs today, and it’s warm. A beautiful day to go rafting on the Rio Grande river!

On the left, the Armstrong family. On the right: Dominique and Olivier. Behind, guide Britt Runyon

On the left, the Armstrong family. On the right: Dominique and Olivier. Behind, guide Britt Runyon

From left to right: Britt (guide), Dominique, Olivier

From left to right: Britt (guide), Dominique, Olivier

 

In conjunction with our partners at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, we launched our 2014 season-opener this morning (the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip) , with the Midgen family of California. This trip starts in the Orilla Verde section of the newly-declared Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, passes through the little village of Pilar and finishes with the Racecourse rapids. Their guide today is Britt Runyon. The high temp today will be 75 degrees, with water temp of 57 degrees. What a beautiful day!

Midgen family, 4/18/14

Midgen family, 4/18/14

Midgen family, 4/18/14

Midgen family, 4/18/14

 

We have a single Forsythia bush at our place, right besides the gate. It’s begun blooming, signaling the start of Spring. Our rafting season starts April 19.

Forsythia

Forsythia

 

Owner of New Wave Rafting Co. Steve Miller (along with his wife Kathy), has just published the 2nd edition of his photo book on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Here is the announcement:

Announcing the publication of “The Grand, The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide, 2nd edition”. This is the 2nd edition of a now out-of-print photographic book. This 2nd edition is an iBook, currently viewable on an iPad. It will be viewable on a Mac when the new OS – “Maverick”, is released. It covers the entire Colorado River trip, from Lees Ferry to South Cove on Lake Mead, 297 miles in all. It is 354 pgs. in length, has over 900 photos, an introductory video by Britt Runyon and many interactive features. It costs $5.99. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1

Also, a DVD version of this book is available, directly from the author. It’s cost is $12pp. For credit card purchase, call Steve Miller at: 505-579-0075. Or, send check or cash to POB 70, Embudo, NM 87531

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a photo from “The Grand”

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Brown trout, caught and released 6/18/2013, Rio Grande river

Brown trout, caught and released 6/18/2013, Rio Grande river

Many of our rafting guests ask us about the wildlife that may be encountered along the Rio Grande river. We tell them that there are beaver, muskrats, herons, geese, ducks, songbirds, deer, elk, bears, mountain lions, badgers, bobcats … and even otters. Of course, wildlife sightings are not that easy to come by. You can see beavers every evening however. I see them every time I go out after finishing up for the day in the New Wave Rafting Co. office. I always see them first appear in the riffles. I think they enjoy the feel of the water rushing over their bodies. Sometimes, as they move up or downstream, they come upon me unexpectedly, and surprise me with a loud tail slap. Speaking of fishing, that’s another kind of wildlife, isn’t it? Nowadays, the “wild” trout is the brown trout. Once upon a time it was the Rio Grande cutthroat, but the cutthroat lost out to the introduced brown and rainbow trout. The rainbows are stocked for “put-and-take” fishing, meaning they are expected to be caught soon after being placed in the river. The brown trout maintain their numbers by themselves, and they are in good supply in the Rio Grande. They are not that easily caught, however, often not being interested in eating, it seems. If you prefer dry fly fishing, as do I, then you will always be on the look-out for rising fish – that’s trout that are taking insects off the surface. This tells you, one, that they’re eating, and, two, where they are (because they tend to stay in the same place on the bottom between trips to the surface). So, if you drift an appropriate fly over that spot, you have a good chance of catching the fish. Yesterday evening, this well-built 15″ male brown trout grabbed my Elk Hair Caddis dry fly. As it happens, he hadn’t been rising (but he was in a shallow riffle, and “looking up” as we say), and he took the fly at the end of the drift or as it had just started to swing. I don’t know, because I had already looked away, preparing to cast again! The same happened with another fish earlier, which might be attributed to the fact that caddis flies will skitter on the surface, and attract attention to themselves. Trout also like to chase moving prey items.

 

Britt Runyon

Britt Runyon

The southwest is land of distant views, violent thunderstorms, cold wind-blown winter days, and above all ‘light’.  For a hundred years the southwest has pulled in some of the great talent in painting and photography simply with the quality of its light.  Some of the friends of New Wave Rafting have had the pleasure of watching Britt emerge as a leader in landscape photography and to start his journey documenting this remarkable plateau.   We are extremely proud to feature a few of Britt’s photographs in a new “full page” gallery.   Here in Britt’s gallery you can wander the plains of Taos in the dead of winter or delight in the golden colors the Grand Canyon.

Come enjoy Britt’s photography gallery and don’t forget to zoom the gallery to full page.  Some of our friends just put Britt’s gallery on the screen and let it run as background.

Britt Runyon Photo Gallery

NWRCo. today commenced the 30th iteration of it’s well-regarded Guide Training Program, with 6 carefully selected attendees. In his opening remarks, Steve Miller, VP of NWRCo, promised the attendees a life-changing experience. The group includes two ski instructors, two snowboard instructors, a massage therapist and a young lady who last year completed a hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. NWRCo. looks forward to profiting from the energy and enthusiasm that these apprentice guide candidates will bring to the organization.
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