We were able to launch from Separation Canyon by 9 a.m., hoping to get a head start on the forecast winds and rain. We has a pretty strong tailwind for the first 2 1/2 miles.
I rode with Tony on the cataraft. A great seat for taking pictures with nothing in your way.
I wasn't the only one taking pictures.
Most boats had one of the newbies rowing,
and they were doing a good job,
even after we turned the first corner and the wind started to come up.
Eventually, we started getting enough breeze that Natalie decided she'd had enough of paddling her kayak so she got a lift.
When we turned the next corner, we had a strong headwind, making it tough to make any progress. We tied up at Spencer Canyon to see if the wind would change direction or let up so that we could continue. Meanwhile, lots of dust in the air!
Although the clouds started to break, strong wind gusts would blow through. They were strong enough to blow over the only kitchen table that was set up and scatter cans of food and dry bags around. In spite of the forecast, we didn't get any measurable rain. We ended up staying the night, hoping for better weather in the morning.