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Ah Yes…The age old question of what kind of paddles and oars are the best. As with all river gear, the shapes, styles, weights and materials of paddles and oars have evolved tremendously since the days of the Anasazi in the Southwest, the Aleut people in Alaska and other ancient river runners around the world. Blade shapes have continually changed, increasing and decreasing surface areas as well as overall lengths as new river runners have emerged and new rivers have been run. Of course, in the beginning the only material used was wood, usually whatever type was readily available. Hand carved on the banks of the river and when they broke, no worries, just hike a short distance to find a new tree to make a spare. To this day, the boatman on the Zambezi river use these large and heavy style oars harvested from trees on the rim of the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls. In the last 30 years, technology has helped the paddle and oar industry with a variety of new materials offering lighter paddles and oars with interchangeable parts to alter lengths and change out blade designs and shapes. This new generation of river running equipment […]
There is an an undeniable chill in the air that will soon end the spectacular fall colors we have been having in the Rio Grande Valley. Last week, this prompted us to load up the inflatable kayaks and head to the Bosque section and enjoy all the shades of yellow and even a bit of red! The put in for this float trip is at the County Line River Access (the take out for the Race Course) and the take out is at the old Embudo Station Restaurant. Matt’s dad, Bob Gontram, and his wife Sharyn joined us for the afternoon trip and we all had a great time. We followed a gigantic Great Blue Heron, enjoyed a coyote drinking from the river as well as a beaver swimming up on shore to check us out. To go along with all the gorgeous colors in hanging off the trees, we also encountered hundreds of apples floating along shore that sweetened the smell in the air, what a treat!! The weather has cooled significantly today and will through the weekend, but then we expect the temperature to rise again and you can bet we will be out there paddling!!
It is warming up in Northern New Mexico which means it is time to go rafting! One of our favorite ways to run the river is in an inflatable kayak (IK). The river levels we are anticipating throughout the summer are absolutely perfect for these spunky little crafts! We offer one and two person New Mexico inflatable kayaking for the same price as a riding in a raft. The Rio Grande Gorge Full Day trip is dreamy in an IK. The morning starts off with an extensive safety and instructional talk about handling the craft. The morning is spent floating through the Orilla Verde section that allows you to observe all the gorgeous birds while honing your paddling skills. You can also paddle from bank to bank in search of the largest frog or turtle on the Rio Grande. After a stop for lunch, the whitewater rapids are waiting! The class 3 Racecourse is more than manageable for any adventurous spirit. There is a perfect buildup of smaller rapids in anticipation for the the first big one, Albert’s Falls. While the chances for falling out of the IK is a bit higher, you will find that getting back into the them […]