[Day 4 | 18 January 2017]
When I first realized we were doing a layover on River Day 4, I thought it was maybe too early. Until it actually happened, that is.
It was really nice to have a break– a break from loading and unloading the boats, a break from setting up and tearing down camp, a break from packing up gear.
The morning was really cold, but as soon as the sun peaked over the canyon walls it was glorious. If you’ve never experienced desert sun, you’d be surprised at how hot it is, even in the winter.
We relished the warmth.
Most everyone in the group went for a hike up Buck Farm Canyon. It was a fun hike and the colors were beautiful. Nick, Cassy, and I went on a second hike after lunch. We hiked off trail down to the next canyon– Bert’s Canyon. It was a pleasant hike because we had so much direct sun.
On the way over to Bert’s Canyon we saw an old wooden boat, and once we reached the canyon we saw a few old tables. The boat was Bert’s boat [obviously!]. Bert Loper was presumed to have had a heart attack while rowing Twenty-Four and One-Half Mile Rapid in 1949, and his boat was pulled up above high water and laid to rest. The old tables are from the 1940s dam-building days.
River Miles: 0 miles
Camp: Buck Farm [mile 41.2]
Water Flow: 13,000 – 16,000 cfs
Temperature: 30 – 46 deg F
Precipitation: 0.00 in
Wind: 2 – 6 mph, no gusts
Weather Event: N/A