A Journey On the River of Darkness

A Journey On the River of Darkness.   Many might consider this, the Rio Grande River,  the most dangerous river in the western world, but not for the power and might of mother nature but of the nature of man. Desperation and greed, the darker sides of man cast a shadow with horror stories and fear down it’s currents dividing two nations, the line not always clear but like a flooding river extending into it’s flood plains affecting a much larger area and with it touching the lives of all who live along it.  

But is the river that travels 1896 miles starting from the Continental Divide in Colorado all bad?  There are very beautiful sections of this river indeed, the source in Colorado, the whitewater in New Mexico and of course the majestic Big Bend in Texas.  Can the final run to the gulf also have it’s beauty, or is this going to be just darkened by the circumstances of man.  What will win? The dark side of man or the beauty of mother nature? 

  I will try to get an understanding of these things on this trip, 50 river miles to the gulf.  How will it end?  Will I end?   Are the horror stories just a fog that lifts during the day but rolls in again at night ?    Will my one night camping on the river be safe?  Who will I meet?  What wildlife will I encounter? How will the landscape change?  What dangers and what beauty will I see?  How will I change?  Will my thoughts about the river, the border, the people change?  There is only one way to know these answers, and that is like of all water, to someday find my way to the sea. 


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About spidennis

Owner,Phoenix Boatworks Canoe Caskets, the only thing like it in the world. I also do other kinds of woodwork as well. South Padre Island Sandcastle Lesson, on Facebook, learn to build sandcastles here on SPI ! The Adventure Guy: On my various types of adventures you'll be able to follow along via my spot gps tracker/locator. Kayaking, hiking, motorcycles, sailing, or whatever else I get myself into, you'll be able follow along. This is REAL "reality tv" ! You'll also know of my day to day training and my thoughts about gearing up and designing and outfitting boats for the next race/adventure.
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1 Response to A Journey On the River of Darkness

  1. Kayakfari says:

    Hi Dennis, nice adventure paddling the Rio Grande! When I lived in Santa Fe, I had fantasies of paddling down to at least El Paso.. after that .. IDK, but spent most of my time in the upper section of northern New Mexico, made for some magic winter paddling:
    http://kayakfari.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/winter-wonderland-paddling-kayak-photography-at-cochiti-lake-on-the-rio-grande-in-new-mexico/
    I miss the southwest, riparian oasis.. good stuff!

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