Rafting…..and other devious activities

El Diablo Rojo (the author) on the river. Summer 2019
My rig

So, for those who don’t know me, I am a river rat….If you’ve never spent time on a river you just wouldn’t know. There’s something about getting lost in nature. Living life by the flow of the water. Miles from the closest road……On the river, you can get get as weird as you want, no one is there to see you or judge you. There’s only a few rules on the river…….row away from the rocks, try not to drown, pick up your trash, and poop in the box…….

I have floated most of the rivers in the west. To date the list is the Arkansas, Colorado, Animas, Dolores, San Juan, Yampa, Roaring Fork, Chama and the Green…….Hopefully I will be able to add many more to the list.

Yesterday, I did a section of the Animas river near my current home in Durango, Colorado to the New Mexico border. This is one of my “happy places” and I get to do this section quite often. Not many people get to run this section of river because all the land south of town is either owned by the Southern Ute Indian tribe or privately owned. Fortunately for me I have friends who either own or work for people who own property on the river so we can access it. I am truly a lucky man.

Rednecks raft too!
My good friend Jarred. A true character and possibly the funniest MF I’ve ever met….Here he is in cowboy boots and shorts. Classy, yet understated. This guy is a real cowboy, mountain man , and true waterman in every sense of the word. Also, one hell of a friend, and a good man. He works on a ranch where we pull out the boats. I love him like a brother even though he makes fun of my flip flops!

Jarred, Molly the mule, and a pretty cool wagon! Life on the ranch ain’t all that bad.
And a goofy SOB
Herb, one cool old ripper! He let’s us put in and take out on his property……. His daily MO is sitting by the river drinking Busch beer and looking at “mermaids” (hot little river girls!)

This is Hubert, he’s 70 and still going strong, he once told me something that’s stuck with me…….
“If you bait a trap with p***y , you’ll get caught every time!” Thanks man……I’ll take that one to the grave!

Here’s some shots from my float on Saturday…….sometimes it’s good to be a king…….

Rollin’ ghetto in the early days……. a hand me down boat, home made wooden oar frame, and pins for oar towers…….2013

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