Alright… Back to business.
Hehehe who am I kidding? You just wanna see some photos! 
Well, here it is, a photo-journal of  
my first Trip down the Yampa canyon through Dinosaur National Monument
yay!
My view from bed on the back of my raft at the Yampa Canyon put-in the night before we launched.
Big bright moon, bright stars, the water cruising by underneath my tethered boat.
Sounds really relaxing, right?
It would have been had I not somehow set myself on a tilt all night. I felt like I was going to roll off the back of my boat, my co-workers woke to the sight of me with a cam strap seat belt around my sleeping bag! 

Entering the Yampa Canyon

So I left this one really big so maybe you can see why i took a picture of rocks and shrubberies
look closely!

Lori Looking upstream from our first camp at Big Joe.
Something interesting is happening…

These crazy kids… running upstream… did you find them in the rocks n shrubs pic??
then they spend a couple hours trying to figure out how and if they can make it across the river. mind you, in this photo, you can only see about half the width.

Looking downstream from camp at Big Joe

Looking toward the canyon walls river right, behind camp

The amazing number of natural amphitheaters in the canyon… the echos you can play with are awesome. 

We took a Hike up to Wagonwheel Point (rock?)
Anyway,  a decent hike, with a pretty  solid climb in altitude.
Desert flowers growing along the way, one of these was looking kind of  wilty so i shared a  splash from my camelback
On the way back down, it had perked right back up. 

Looking back out toward the river, about 1/3 of the way up the canyon. 

No tweaking of colors at all on this shot, these contrasts come out exactly as they were.
The changes in the color of the rock and sand as we hiked was like living in a fantasy world. 

This pretty cactus was loving the hot, sunny weather much more than I.
Playing with depth of field is fun… especially when the shots come out so well without  needing to crop  anything!

Looking down to where we had come from.
That hike is no joke!
on a side note: I don’t know if I inadvertently changed the setting on my camera,
 but I love the painterly quality that this photo took on. 

Some of our kids enjoying the view and the cool breeze, now that we’ve reached the top
We had a really great group for my first Yampa trip.
Outdoor  Rec majors from Colorado Western Unversity taking  a course called “water based”
Learning what it’s like to be a river guide…
they actually split into groups and did all of the cooking and  grunt work all week, it was fantastic!

The little guy I shared my clifftop shady spot with

Chillin in the shade, enjoying the view from Wagonwheel. 

Panoramic shot from the top… if you look really close river left, bottom left of the photo, you can see tiny blue dots, those are our boats.

Hello undercut! looking back upstream.
I was on top of that mountain a little while ago!

I seem to have the habit of attracting foam in the eddies each night. 

Looking upstream from halfway down Warmsprings rapid where we stopped to scout.
At high water, I’m told this rapid is really formidable, the mantra, “rig to flip, dress to swim” was  mentioned
However, while fun, this rapid at 3000cfs, not so scary…
…so long as you don’t drop the pour-over, left of center, or pin on a big rock. 
Early morning moon set over camp as the sunlight encroaches. 

Self Portrait…

Steamboat Rock and Echo Park, at the confluence of the Yampa and the Green
We pulled over on a beach near the rock for a drum circle and some fun with echos.  
The Confluence!  can you tell which river is which??
Why do they call it the Green, I wonder?

Coming into some of the Lodore formations, (the purpleish rocks on the left)

Same Photo, I just thought it looked really cool in black and white.

Lodore Formations a little closer up

Exiting the Yampa Canyon, entering the long meandering Island Park last day.

Well that’s what i have for pictures, this go-’round, 
but I assure there shall be more as the summer goes on!
I still have the 4 day Gates of Lodore trip to experience, and well, I’ll be doing both trips often enough!
There were so many things I wish I’d had my camera for this trip tho, like the last night, when we did shadow puppets on the cliff wall across the river! or the Extreme screepile Bocceball when the green ball hit a rock and exploded!  yes, a memorable trip it was.  
Admittedly, I felt a bit of a brat through part of the trip. 
There is a LOT of flat water, and I had let myself come in with the expectations of challenging whitewater, so I did get a little disappointed. 
But the more I look through my photos, the less it bothers me. I will have my challenges, there’s always Gauley season in September!
Anyhoo… next trip is on the 25th, until then, it’s fun with power tools!
Matt and I are retrofitting and rebuilding some oar rigs so we have shiny new-ish equipment to work with all summer!
Maybe I’ll be a photo-nerd and take some pics while we’re doing that too…

And I’m back… or gone again… or whatever, here’s a blogpost!

At Long last, I have returned to you, oh blogging world!
I can explain… 
So I got home to Ohio and lost the will to write.
Terrible, I know. 
 It isn’t as if nothing happened while I was there, or for the 2 months that I was back at CRO in WV.
It’s just that well…. when you’re at home, whether it’s true or  not, you feel like nothing’s going on. 
And as far as CRO goes, the interwebs connections are kinda sparse…. 
…and I’m lazy.  
SO.. To Catch you up, here is a Photo summery of what’s been happening in my world. 
The Full moon shining and reflecting through Uncle Ralph’s Stained Glass Sun at Mom n Dad’s
a few days after getting home.
A Polka Party In honor of my G-pa’s service in WWII 
Catching Bella catching me on “film” as it were at a family gathering
In leiu of a quartet of midgets sent to serve my every whim… (they apparently got lost)
These arrived late in the v-day with an anonymously written poem.  and they survived nearly 3 weeks!

To anyone who says, “There’s no white water in Ohio.” I call BS.
This, my friends, is in downtown Cuyohoga Falls, Ohio.
Where, in a couple months, the lowhead dams are being taken out in order to provide the opportunity
for a whitewater  rafting industry to flourish.
They say it will be class IV.
So my man friend and I went to scout what we could in town.
I can’t wait to run it!

A less painterly  view of the beginning of the canyon.
The uppermost visible part of the river is one of the dams slated for removal.
One of the things I love about West Virginia is how often you are surprised.
This McD’s is still open for business…
It’s hard to see, but the workers inside were going about business as though the facade of the building hadn’t been ripped clean off.
Sure the dining room was gone, but they’ve still got fries to sell!
Little bit o’ preseason repair work in the CRO guide  house.
Fun with blowtorches in an old wooden house!
That paddle I babbled all winter about getting…
 Here she is!
Duende (the evocative spirit)
9 different kinds of wood in this beauty,
most pieces individually hand picked by yours truly, with the guidance of  Mr Jim Snyder
 
So, a relatively uneventful spring season on the Cheat… 
The water was low, the boys were rarely in town…
Very little work to be had…. Lots of playtrips tho!
I did get one run in on the Big Sandy, ran a big waterfall… 
Ninja and Me dropping Wonder Falls on the Big Sandy
Photo credit to the talented Ant Riffle

I took a couple mini road trips down to ACE to visit friends,
And to take a Rescue3 class, of which I shall become an instructor come fall.
I do have a head start on that…
Thanks to my good friend, Travis, who called in a favor on behalf of Simon (get all that?);
 I got the opportunity to take an ACA swift water rescue instructor course with Mike Mather, one of the top rescue guys in the industry.
Proud to say that I am now a level 3 (soon to be 4) swift water rescue instructor.

Mike Mather,  our instructor trainer, handing down words of wisdom to Simon.

Setting up a practice run of the “V-lower/Livebait rescue technique”

Travis and Mike
 “fun with advanced mechanical advantage”

Immediately following the class, The pooch and I had to get in the car and start rolling west for Utah.
If you recall, I’m working the Yampa and Green Rivers through Dinosaur National Monument!
Anyhoo, I made a quick stop at home to raid the fridge, get a few hugs, and trade out some gear. 
Back on the Road, first stop, St Louis, to visit my Twin cousin and her hubby and munchkin.

Awesome cloud formations to hint at the night of driving I had ahead of me.

Silver Twinkie into the sunset

I drove through one of the most spectacular electrical storms I’ve ever seen!
What you don’t see are the 800 or so photos of not lightening that I took and deleted to get these few. 

So worth killing a camera battery over!
To me this one looks like a dragon breathing lightening/fire 

just cool. man, Iwill never stop being in awe of thunderstorms. 

Riley, my goddaughter and budding photographer. 

Cool looking mushrooms that Riley and  I found while wandering  around outside trying not to wake her parents.

Turbodog  and the moon
Shelby, catching some night-time air as we drive ever westward, next stop, Denver. 

The Big Bright Moon shining down on a wind farm.
had to pull over to snap this one, long exposure and all… so worthwhile!
supposedly the biggest and brightest we’ll see the moon in this lifetime.

So It to Denver, after a stop for a short nap… arrived in my friend’s neighborhood about 4:15 am, found a parking spot around 5, by which time, Tim had fallen asleep(and who can blame him?).
I sent a text saying where I was parked and to come shake my car when he was ready for breakfast.
around 7:30 am, I was curled up on a comfy sofa, Shelby on the floor next to me. 
One last leg on the journey to Utah to go…
 Considering how many pics I’ve already put into this post,  
I will leave you for tonight with one last shot.
Shelby, the turbodog cruising through Colorado, enjoying the view, and anticipating new adventures.
 Next time (hopefully tomorrow) I will show and tell of my first Yampa trip through Dino NM.