Doug Allen Photography

Colorado River Rafters

The river swirls on the first day of the raft trip down the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon.  After putting in at Lee’s Ferry the raft meanders through Marble Canyon underneath Navajo Bridge.  All of the gear is battened down and now it is time to relax and get into the trip.  Standing on top of the bridge I get to watch my friends Joe and Bonnie Stevens as they head into the “Great Unknown”.  The Colorado runs green and cold today as the water comes out of the bottom of Glen Canyon Dam.  In 1869 John Wesley Powell commanded the first boat expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.   At that time there was no dam and the river was a reddish brown color from all of the sediment being washed down from the mountain streams.

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