Day 1
May 29, 1998
Lee's Ferry to Soap Creek
Mile 0 to Mile 11

 

This photo was taken as we were loading our supplies and personal gear onto the three rafts at Lee's Ferry, the put-in for all raft trips. The cliffs in the background belong to the Triassic Moenkopi Formation. These are the youngest sedimentary strata in the canyon. Nick Williams and I were on the blue raft.

 

Three of our kayakers head toward Navajo Bridge across the north end of Marble Canyon. The bridge was the last real sign of civilization that we saw until we arrived at Phantom Ranch on Day 7. The cliffs in this photo are the Permian Coconino Sandstone.

 

I'll never forget the adrenaline rush I felt whenever we entered any of the large rapids in the canyon. The awe of watching the churning water approach as we glided down the centerline into the rapids will never leave me. I can only imagine the thoughts that went through the minds of John Wesley Powell and his men as they ran the canyon in wooden boats. I quickly learned to hold on to the tie-down ropes to keep from being thrown overboard.

The red strata at the river's edge are from the Pennsylvanian Supai Group while the overlying Coconino Sandstone cliffs dominate the skyline.