YOSEMITE, CA - Three day backpacking trip with the Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (SYMG) along the north rim of Yosemite Valley with views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.
And then everything goes back on the trailer. Right were it came from. Thanks for such a great trip guys!
The gear is stacked, the rafts get defleated and rolled up.
It's a group float down the river.
At the pull-out the boats get unloaded.
Ah, they've all jumped in the water to celebrate a good trip.
Everyone is still in the boat.
Some big splashes got everybody wet on that last run.
Another good rapid run for Mark and his team.
Mark and his crew hit Boxcar Rapid square on and make it through.
The crew digs in for sandwiches.
Back on the river, ready to roll.
Drifting down stream again.
These two however seem to be moving more toward biology study.
A group shot while out on a little field trip.
Dr. Taylor tells it like it is on this wide flood flat.
After a good catch comes the release. Looks like about an 18 inch fish! Could have been some good eats.
Danny manages to hook a good looking fish with his fly rod.
Dave takes a moment to cast his line again...
Eddie gets ready to start loading the rafts.
Class is back in session.
Danny gets all suited up to spend the morning fishing.
The next morning, a bright and chipper crowd gathers for their last breakfast on the river.
Mark celebrates a well deserved victory after a solid day on the river.
A train rolls northbound (down river) this time as we pull into our spot for the night at Buckskin Mary Campground.
They meet up with Eddie and Philippe boards the cargo vessel.
A bunch of drifters just letting the current take them in the late afternoon.
Some of Mark's crew opts for a little siesta on the calm flat bits.
Floating past the basalt cliffs of insanity.
These must be geologists...
Dave re-works the straps after things got knocked around coming down Whitehorse.
They're a dedicated bunch, and teamwork gets them through with out flipping the raft.
It's not over yet and Mark keeps a steady eye down stream.
Mark's crew is looking pretty satisfied after the first section through Whitehorse. But there is more to come.
Back at the rafts, Dave and Eddie are ready to roll.
After a few bends in the river, we pull out and scout out the route through Whitehorse Rapids. Eddie points it out to Mark who will be running one of the paddle boats down this rapid for the first time.
It looks like the intro to some TV show... some take off from "Friends."
And then, class is dismissed and there is a mad dash to the boats.
The class gathers at the top and gets a good perspective for the changes of the land around them.
The class continues further up the hill where Jason can get some cell coverage to call his daughter and wish her a happy birthday.
Dr. Taylor points out the massive land slide that came crashing down and may have dammed the river to form a lake, and eventually the Whitehorse Rapids that we are about to go rafting down.