Steve Miller Publishes “The Salt River”, an iBook

“The Salt River, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide” , by Steve Miller, joins “The Grand, the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide, together showcasing Arizona’s two most sought-after river trips. Like the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, the Salt River is unique. The 52-mile trip down the Salt River combines exciting whitewater and spectacular scenery in a Sonoran desert setting, which most notably includes Arizona’s spectacular saguaro cactus. At the heart of the trip is the 32,000 acre Salt River Canyon Wilderness, where, in the Jump Off Canyon section, one finds the most challenging whitewater and most awe-inspiring scenery. With almost 500 photos, annotated maps and 17 movies of rapids, everything of interest is shown: Class 2-4 rapids, spring wildflowers, cacti of all sorts, side canyons and swimming holes, sculpted and polished rocks, potholes, ripple-marked slabs, gorges of white granite and dark metamorphic rock, wildlife, campsites, waterfalls, indian ruins, every rock layer that the river has carved through, spectacular vistas, mileages, historical information, environmental concerns and more.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1244922282

Steve Miller earlier published “The Grand, the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide”, also an iBook. With 364 pages, this book covers the 297 miles of the trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and below, to a take-out on Lake Mead. Both books share the same format, showing and describing, through photos, movies, and text, everything of interest on and along the two rivers. A 3rd edition of this book is now (June 2017) close to release. Don’t miss it!

Steve Miller is the VP of New Wave Rafting Co, located on the Rio Grande, near Taos, NM. New Wave Rafting Company provides half-day and full-day trips on the Rio Grande, ranging in difficulty from Class 2 – 4, and full-day and 3-day trips on the nearby Rio Chama. The Rio Chama is a tributary of the Rio Grande, but is located in an area of scenic beauty quite unlike that of the Rio Grande. This colorful sandstone area has been made famous in the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, and many Westerns are shot on and along this river.

the Rio Chama

Chama Rock, on the Rio Chama

The re-make of the Magnificent 7, alongside the Rio Chama

http://www.newwaverafting.com

 

 

2016 Season Ends

Thanks to ALL of our wonderful guests who make this vocation of ours so fulfilling. Our 2016 season in now over. And guess what some of us are doing next? Yes, we’re going rafting – and this time for 21 days in the Grand Canyon! We launch on Sept. 17. This will be my 17th trip, with Kathy Miller and Britt Runyon close behind.

Cover of my iBook, on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Cover of my iBook, on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Here’s the link. It only costs $5.99:

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1

Come rafting with us in 2017 and ask about our adventures in the Grand Canyon!

Oldest Guide on the River!

We found ourselves, on June 16, suddenly short of a guide! To deal with this extremity, I was released from my cubicle (where I take reservations practically everyday of the summer), and guided a Racecourse trip that afternoon. Why is this worthy of mention, you may ask? It’s because I am 75 years old (and hadn’t guided for a while). This makes me the oldest guide on the river, having begun my career on the Rio Grande in the 70s. In my boat were an 80 yr. old gentleman and his 9r. old grandson.  He’s come with us multiple times. We all had a very good time.

Who is this mystery boatman? It's that old guy, Steve, the VP of New Wave Rafting Co.

Who is this mystery boatman? It’s that old guy, Steve, the VP of New Wave Rafting Co.

Boogie-board on the Rio Grande

In his off-time, we see guide Neil Oberheide, who grew up on the beaches of southern California, using a boogie-board to surf the wave known as “Sleeping Beauty”. This wave is found on the Racecourse stretch of the Rio Grande.

NWR raft guide Neil Oberheide boogie-boarding the Sleeping Beauty wave

NWR raft guide Neil Oberheide boogie-boarding the Sleeping Beauty wave

Crane Fly, a graceful insect

This is a very graceful flying insect commonly encountered along the Rio Grande and other rivers. It spends most of its life on the bottom of the river, in the form of an ugly worm, where it is a favored trout food. Although it looks like a giant mosquito, don’t swat it. It doesn’t bite!

Crane fly

Crane fly