We left the Upper Ledges camp about 9:15 a.m. to continue our travels down the shady gorge. All of the rapids expected today were small, but many people were dressed for warmth since we would be in shadows much of the day.
The view suggested sunshine
and the sunshine eddies were appreciated, occasionally including spins of the boat to extend the time in the sun.
Our elevation had descended enough that spindly ocotillo were starting to show on the cliffs along the river,
joining the barrel cactus that we'd been seeing for a couple days.
Some of the group stopped at the mouth of Havasu Canyon with its famous turquoise water,
while the rest of us continued on to Fern Glen to fill up jerry cans of water. I became a real fan of settling and pumping the river water rather than carrying jerry cans over rough cobble from a green pond.
The afternoon consisted of more shadows and reflections
as we rowed our longest day to Cove Canyon, positioning ourselves for Lava Falls tomorrow.