The Chama Mama trip – 3 days in the NM wilds

On the weekend of Aug. 19-21, we had a full house of 16 women participate in the Chama Mama 3-day Chama Wildermess trip, a New Wave tradition. The four staff were: Kathy Miller, Pres. of New Wave, CJ Robison (who has been with New Wave for over 10 yrs.), Elisha MacArthur (guide from the Arkansas River) and Lorie Bonds Lopez, formerly an Outward Bound course leader. The group had good water and not much rain! Here’s what the group organizer has to say:

“Hi Steve,
This was another major-ly successful and supremely wonderful “Chama Mama” ladies trip! My group was so happy and are still talking about it. It was so great to see Kathy again and CJ, Elisha and Lorrie were so much fun and so capable….even the “timid” in my group felt completely safe and cared for.
We will do this again, for sure.
Thanks again,
Paula”
Chama Mama trip

Chama Mama trip

The staff: Left to right: Elisha, Kathy, CJ and Lorie

The staff: Left to right: Elisha, Kathy, CJ and Lorie

The Chama Mamas

The Chama Mamas

Rio Chama

The Leslie Barclay party journeyed down the Rio Chama with us on July 19 and 20. Kathy Miller, President of NWRCo., led the overnight trip, with the support of NWR staff Joe Cameron, Lillian Wilson (aka Sancho Panza) and Jesse Verellen. I understand that they had a great time! The Rio Chama Wild and Scenic river is one of the charter rivers in the Federal Wild and Scenic system, and flows through the Carson National Forest Chama Canyon Wilderness. Here’s what one guest said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the river trip! Cathy and the others were all joys to work with!  Thanks again,  Sandy”

From left to right: Joe, Lillian, Jesse and Kathy

From left to right: Joe, Lillian, Jesse and Kathy (selfie)

From left to right: Kathy, Jesse, Joe, Lillian. They're cooking salmon over the coals.

From left to right: Kathy, Jesse, Joe, Lillian. They’re cooking salmon over the coals.

Joe serving our guests

Joe serving our guests

Joe serving our guests

Joe serving our guests

Joe serving our guests

Joe serving our guests

Marshmallows!

Marshmallows!

Bull snake on a cliff face

Bull snake on a cliff face

Placid water

Placid water

That's Kathy, wearing her new pith helmet

That’s Kathy, wearing her new pith helmet