Colorado River 1980:
Day 5 - Deer Creek


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Colorado River 1980: [Day 1 - Page] [Day 2 - Marble Cavern] [Day 3 - Redwall Cavern] [Day 4 - Big Rapids] [Day 5 - Deer Creek] [Day 6 - Havasu Creek] [Day 7 - Lava Falls] [Day 8 - Travertine Falls] [Day 9 - Temple Bar]

Friday, July 25, 1980: Our first stop this day was at Elves' Chasm (Mile 116.5), just a few miles downstream from our camp.
We swam in the small pool and climbed through the passageway in the back to jump out from the hole in the rock in the center of this photo. Elves' Chasm is pretty much the ideal swimming hole.
Here's another river break with Rewalt reading us a story.
We'd hold the boats together by grabbing ropes from the other boat.
This photo makes the perfect teen clothing ad. Here are most of the teens hanging out on the rocks near the water at the mouth of Stone Creek at Mile 132.
It was a short hike up the canyon to reach the falls.
Here's a photo of Jodi on her way to the falls. Jodi was Schmedly's stepdaughter, so she was traveling as a guest of the crew. She was just 11 years old and she became everyone's little sister, so we spent a lot of time with her.
After visiting Stone Creek, we hiked back to the boats.
We ate lunch on this same beach in 2006 but the sand bars have changed a bit since then.
Lunch was at Mile 134 just below Tapeats Rapid. This photo was taken not long after, close to Mile 136. This is Granite Narrows, where the river is at its narrowest: only 76 feet from one wall to the other.
Less than a mile later, we stopped at Deer Creek Falls, a 180-foot waterfall that is very, very difficult to stand under due to the power of the water.
However, it is possible if you stand on the very far left side of falls where the water isn't as heavy.
Downstream from the fall are pools of rushing water which are just perfect for cooling off.
Here are Jodi and my mom taking advantage of it.
Some of the group went on an optional hike up the side of the canyon. Here's the view looking upstream. I didn't go on this hike, just like I hadn't gone on the same hike in 1978, but Tom and I did in 2006 and had our photo taken at nearly this same spot.
After climbing the canyon wall, the hike continues through the narrows of Deer Creek, ...
... before opening to an area called the Patio. There's a beautiful pool/waterfall area there and I finally got to see it in 2006.
The hikers had a great time cooling off in the water, ...
... before heading back through the narrows to return to the boats.
After a couple of hours at Deer Creek, we were back on the water for another few miles. Chris managed to look like a model in every photo ever taken of him, but none so more than this one.
Our fourth night's campsite was a very cool site at Mile 151.5 nicknamed "The Ledges" (or "The Shelves" per my notes from 1980). Here are Kathy and me, Steve, Tom, Chris, and Bobbi on the rocky ledges that give the camp its name. We passed it on the river in 2006.

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Colorado River 1980: [Day 1 - Page] [Day 2 - Marble Cavern] [Day 3 - Redwall Cavern] [Day 4 - Big Rapids] [Day 5 - Deer Creek] [Day 6 - Havasu Creek] [Day 7 - Lava Falls] [Day 8 - Travertine Falls] [Day 9 - Temple Bar]

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