Los Rios River Runners Blog

This is the blog for Los Rios River Runners of Taos, New Mexico. We provide family friendly rafting trips down the Rio Grande and Chama Rivers.

A family float down the Orilla Verde

August 09, 2015 01:02 pm

Today was a beautiful August day to be on the river, sunny in the morning but not too hot and then the monsoons came in the afternoon.  It just so happened that we had a morning Orilla Verde Float trip and my son and I were able to tag along, it helps that the river guide for that trip was also my husband.  We packed our trip and met our customers at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center at 9:30 in the morning and off we went to the Taos Junction Bridge to begin our adventure.  At the bridge we unloaded our boat and all our gear, Eric gave us a safety talk and off we went.  The family that we were rafting with today were from Texas, there was dad Jason, mom Lisa and 4 year old daughter Ani.  Then there was our river guide Eric(my husband), myself, Jo, and our 4 year old son Cale.  It was so nice for the kids to have someone else their own age to play with on the boat. 
And let me just say that you don't get much cuter than these two little ones!!! I'm a little biased of course being one of their mom's and all.  
We saw some wildlife, these geese were just out for a mid morning swim.  
As we headed into the gaging station rapid we treated it a little bit like a roller coaster, hands up in the air and giggles all around! 
The kids got hungry so we pulled out the snack on the boat, juicy watermelon, cantaloupe, chips, salsa and chocolate ship cookies.  So good!! 

After snack there was one more rapid and then the takeout was upon us.  Here is a quick shot of Lisa, Ani and Cale.  
At the takeout we ran into the photo girls from Southern Exposure, they take all of our rafting photos, and they took some family photos for us. 

Between the beautiful weather, 2 lovely families, and 4 year old friends, a great day was had by all!! We look forward to taking Jason, Lisa and Ani rafting again, hopefully on another beautiful New Mexico Day!