Colorado River 1978:
Day 9 - Diamond Creek


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Colorado River 1978: [Day 1 - Utah] [Day 2 - Utah] [Day 3 - Marble Canyon] [Day 4 - Red Wall Cavern] [Day 5 - Little Colorado/Phantom Ranch] [Day 6 - Deer Creek] [Day 7 - Havasu Creek] [Day 8 - Lava Falls] [Day 9 - Diamond Creek] [Day 10 - Grand Canyon]

Sunday, August 20, 1978: It is now almost 40 years later, and even though I had written an entire novel of the trip up to this point, all I have written about the final days of the trip are a list of notes meant to jog my 15-year-old mind that I never got around to finish writing. Here's breakfast the morning of our last day. That's me in the lower right with my head down.
We traveled from Mile 198 to Mile 225. At around Mile 222, ...
... we could see Diamond Peak in the distance, serving as a landmark for the end of our trip.
Diamond Creek was just a little bit downriver from Diamond Peak, so it was time to say goodbye to the river. We had lunch here and just a little bit more fun in the water.
A Sanderson truck was there waiting to load up wet bags, cots, and equipment.
The boats were deflated, one pontoon at a time, and rolled up for transport.

It took a small army to load the steel portion of the boat onto the truck.

We were transported to a nearby motel to stay overnight, with all of us gathering for a dinner in the motel restaurant for our final evening together. I am fairly certain that we stayed at the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, because I vaguely recall visiting some caverns, and this relatively recent photo of the motel matches the photo taken the next morning.

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Colorado River 1978: [Day 1 - Utah] [Day 2 - Utah] [Day 3 - Marble Canyon] [Day 4 - Red Wall Cavern] [Day 5 - Little Colorado/Phantom Ranch] [Day 6 - Deer Creek] [Day 7 - Havasu Creek] [Day 8 - Lava Falls] [Day 9 - Diamond Creek] [Day 10 - Grand Canyon]

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