Bridgeport to Whitewater

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Over the winter I bought my own inflatable kayak so that I wouldn’t have to rent or borrow one anymore, and I’ve been looking forward to getting it on the river for the first time this year. Originally, Jackson and I wanted to go on a day trip through Ruby-Horsethief Canyon on the Colorado River, but because of the low river this year, we knew that it would not work very well as a day trip. Instead we decided to check out a new section of the Gunnison River that is very close to home.

We dropped off my Jeep at at boat ramp in Whitewater and then took Jackson’s car up to Bridgeport where we would get on the river. We knew this section of the river was going to be pretty flat, but it was much slower than we thought it would be. We ended up having to paddle much of the way to keep moving at a reasonable pace. Luckily, it wasn’t that windy today or it could have been much slower!

My new Tributary Tomcat Tandem ready for it’s maiden voyage down the Gunnison.

Ready to Launch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Jackson and the rest of his family on the river.

Jackson & Family by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Nice view down the river.

Paddle by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


3 Responses to “Bridgeport to Whitewater”

  • Dann Cianca Says:

    Good to see you made it to that panel. I found a single dog/coyote glyph around the corner. Did you see it?

  • Randy Langstraat Says:

    Dann- Yep, I made it…but I went the easy way 😉 …and yes, I did see that one petroglyph, too. Thanks for the heads up on this one!

  • Dann Cianca Says:

    I’ll defer to your expertise on this one, but regarding the lone ‘glyph: was it a dog, coyote or something else?

    This is one of my favorite panels because I didn’t know it existed before finding it on my way back up. That was probably the most excited I’ve been while out exploring and almost made me forget how hellishly difficult that hike was.

    Also, did you see the big panel of names at the canyon fork just upstream? There was a large elk/deer carved under the name “Rodney”. I wasn’t sure whether the name was carved above an existing ‘glyph or if it carved by Rodney as well.