Texas Tech, April 11, 2015

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

 

 

 

 

Spring Break is for Rafting too – 3/12/15

Spring Break is for Rafting too! Today, March 12, 2015, we had the Ellisons, from El Paso, doing the all-day Rio Grande Gorge trip, and they were joined by the Speights, from Virginia, for the Racecourse afternoon portion. The Speights, a Navy couple, received our military discount of 20% off. And, they informed us that they were on their honeymoon! They thought it was pretty cool that they could combine skiing and rafting on one vacation trip. In years past, we wouldn’t open New Wave for Spring Break, and I (along with Kathy) would be teaching skiing instead. This Spring Break Kathy is up at Taos Ski Valley while I run the New Wave office and drive shuttle. The high today was 65 deg. and balmy. The party spotted an otter on the Racecourse portion, in the afternoon.

One of the easy rapids on the Float portion of the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip is called "S-turn"

One of the easy rapids on the Float portion of the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip is called “S-turn”

The Speights, on the right, join the Ellisons in the afternoon.

The Speights, on the right, join the Ellisons in the afternoon. To the left is their guide, Sancho.

Heading down the Racecourse run

Heading down the Racecourse run

Rio Grande river trips, 4-24-14

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 Racecourse run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

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

On the Racecourse run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

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

 

New Wave 2014 Season begins with Rio Grande Gorge trip

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!

On the Rio Grande Gorge run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

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On the Rio Grande Gorge run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Midgen family, 4/18/14

 

Water rises on the Rio Grande river

The Racecourse run, on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

A gaggle of funyakers?

The  monsoon season in New Mexico is causing the Rio Grande river to rise! It’s now above 300 cfs (cubic feet per second), and looks to keep rising, as it continues to rain in Colorado and New Mexico. We’ve seen the Rio Grande quadruple in volume in past years. Come on out!