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

First Racecourse Trip of 2015

The first Racecourse Trip of 2015! For the first time in our history, we opened for Spring Break. This has been a warm winter, and today’s high temp was 64 degrees. The Rio Grande was at 600 cfs. and clear, without a breath of wind. While waiting for the arrival of the raft above Saddle Rock rapid, I spotted an otter, and got a photo (not a great one though). It was a drop-dead gorgeous day. Here’s the Consford family, from Keller TX. The trip was guided by “Sancho Panza” Wilson, who is now in her third year of guiding with New Wave, and this was her first solo trip. She did great! Congrats Sancho.

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Upstream view towards the put-in

Upstream view towards the put-in

Otter, below Saddle Rock rapid

Otter, below Saddle Rock rapid

Herringbone rapid

Herringbone rapid

Herringbone rapid

Herringbone rapid

Final Drop rapid

Final Drop rapid

The Swinging Bridge

The Swinging Bridge

Below After Five riffle

Below After Five riffle

Sleeping Beauty rapid

Sleeping Beauty rapid

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