Powerline Falls on the Rio Grande, with Kathy

Powerline Falls with Kathy, June 5, 2017. Powerline Falls is the most unforgettable and photogenic rapid on the Taos Box section of the Rio Grande, located in the heart of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Kathy is the President of New Wave Rafting Company, and she likes to keep her hand in! After all, she’s only 66 years of age … Here, she is seen rowing the “chase boat” – an additional boat sent along as a back-up boat, on what would otherwise be a single boat Taos Box trip. In these photos, the river is running at about 2700 cubic feet a second, which is a very bouncy level. At this moment (June 7, 2017), the river continues to rise, as the newly-arrived warmth accelerates the snowmelt in the headwaters (the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, uphill of the former mining town of Creede). Who knows how high it will get this season? We’re all guessing.

This series of photos is by Britt Runyon, the Operations Manager at New Wave Rafting Company. He manages to both guide his raft and take top notch photos!

All I see is an oar!

There she is.

Past the drop, with a big smile on her face!

What else does Kathy do? Well, besides her duties with New Wave, she is the Chief of our local (Dixon, NM) volunteer fire department, which keeps her pretty busy. She just recently earned her badge as an Emergency Medical Responder, since so many of the calls that the Fire Dep’t receives are for medical emergencies (more than for fires). And in the winter she is a ski instructor at Taos Ski Valley. And what is she doing at this very minute? She’s picking cherries!

Kathy, on the river

Kathy, at the Fire Dep’t.

Kathy, at Taos Ski Valley

The New Wave Comfort Station

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 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