Oooh Lava Falls, You Make Me Wet (in just fourteen seconds)
This was a level of Hell that Dante couldn't describe. The ferocious desert sun torched the black lava boulders until they could fry eggs, burn skin and make even the cruelest rattlesnake whine for its mama. I crawled down through this field of overgrown smoldering briquets, dodging the cactus, braving the polished sizzling inky slabs, forging onwards into the forge. Of two groups of rafters, nobody else dare follow me. They all crawled back into the cool comfort of their overgrown innertubes and readied for a relaxing pleasure float down through the sparkly frothy riffles of Lava Falls. Here is one of the runs.
Everything looks dandy as this raft eases into the mocha frappachino waters of Lava.
Oops - the frappachino has gone all double espresso on our boatman and ripped an oar from his hand. (Of the eight rafts I shot plunging through Lava, half to boatmen had their right oar ripped from their grasp in this top bit. If the Colorado wants your oar, the Colorado gets your oar.)
But he calmly reaches out...
and regains control of the oar.
Back in business,
and it's all smiles.
My, what have we here?
Wow, looks like they got thrown in the chocolate milkshake machine and someone hit the puree button.
How fast smiles turn to screams.
Who peed in the pool?
One more bitty wave.
Fourteen seconds after the first shot in this sequence, the raft glides safely by Cheesegrater Rock. Bravo!
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I needed a stiff one [drink] after that ride great pictures thanks for sharing
hey there, I AM the one in the green hat! What a ride! especially since we flipped in Upset the day before!!!! (now a proud member of the colorado river swim team!)
Awesome shots, please dont let my mother see them!
It was great floating with you guys, you meet the darndest people in the Grand Canyon!
1.Renee & Kevin(non-registered)
We loved that! What a ride!!
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