Rio Marañon #5: Rapids and Eddies

Rio Marañon #5: Rapids and Eddies

A truly free flowing river has a unique character. Those of us from the United States have seldom experienced a living river without dams, because almost every river in the United States has at least one dam on it. Intellectually, I knew there was…

Rio Marañon #4: Buying a Paddle

Rio Marañon #4: Buying a Paddle

Joe and the boys and I have a tradition that started on our first overseas trip as a family. That trip was to Tanzania when Ben was 11 and Ethan was 8. We spent New Year’s at the coast, just a few days after…

Rio Marañon Post #3: Christmas Day

Rio Marañon Post #3: Christmas Day

Our trip on the Rio Marañon was over Christmas break so that our college student kids could join us. December is the equivalent of June in Peru, so the summer rains were due to begin and the river was due to rise. We began…

Rio Marañon #2: Near Disaster at the Start

Rio Marañon #2: Near Disaster at the Start

Rigging with unfamiliar equipment takes a while. But 12 out of 13 of our group are experienced rafters, so we’ve got this.  The folks who rode to the put-in with the gear truck already had the boats blown up and the gear unloaded when…

Rio Marañon #1: The Plane Ride to the Put-in at Chagual

Rio Marañon #1: The Plane Ride to the Put-in at Chagual

It was still dark when the alarm began to buzz.  But I was already awake. My excitement for the day ahead had make it hard to sleep. I jumped out of bed and was dressed in minutes. Joe knocked on the boys’ door, next…