Day 26

Trip Start Apr 23, 2007
Trip End Jun 11, 2007

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Day 26

Today we explored the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. WOW! Thanks for the tip Pat. The Black Canyon is 2,000 feet deep 1,100 feet wide and over 30 miles long. The Gunnison River is the cutting force behind this canyon. . It get's it's black name due to the lack of light that can penetrate the canyon due to it vertical walls. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a frighteningly beautiful canyon. Every observation point you are looking straight down to a roaring river below.

The canyon was first recorded in 1874 but was determined to be inaccessible. In 1901, two surveyors attempted to float the river through the canyon to determine where a diversion tunnel could be constructed to supply the local area with more water. Their first attempt was a failure when one of their boats crashed into a rock, shattered and washed down stream along with their supplies. The following year Fellows and Torrence decided they could float the river on air mattresses. They made to the point where the river narrows and it appears to disappear into the rocks. The two men talked it over and decided they had to try it. As they discussed their options Fellows jumped into the water and was swept down the waterfalls like rapids and out of site. Torrence was left alone and had no idea how his partner had faired. He two jumped in and took the same path only to find Fellows waiting for him a couple a hundred yards down stream and around a couple of bends.

Tomorrow in is on to Colorado Springs and a brief visit with nephew Mark and niece Cindy. We hope to visit Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak along with what ever else looks interesting.

Stay tuned.

Love to all.

Shawn Dirinda Jan
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