Our first trip is up the Colorado River. The river flow at this time of year is almost undetectable so going up river is no problem for a kayak. Once you enter the Colorado River Canyon, there is no way out for many, many, miles, so this will be an up and back trip.
The river channel is a world of towering sandstone canyon walls in every shade of red, gray, and brown imaginable. The moderate breeze we faced on the lake became quite a stiff blow between the canyon walls, but we quickly learned that if we stuck to the upwind wall we could avoid most of the wind and we were looking forward to the free ride back down river.
We paddled about six miles, mostly against the wind, and found a spot for lunch. We had to wade through knee deep clay mud to get to the shore, but did find a dry spot to sit. A funny thing happened while we were eating, the wind freshened a bit…and shifted 180° We faced what seemed at times a howling gale on the trip back out to the lake, but fearless adventurers that we are we gritted our teeth (easy to do with all the dried silt blowing on the wind), hove to, and fought our way back to our campsite, tired, sore, and ready for a Sammy.
Tomorrow we will explore the canyons across the lake from our campsite.