The beauty of this place astounds me…I can see why the early Mormon settlers thought of it as a promised land of sorts. Each day has brought a new adventure, and this morning we decided to go river rafting down the Colorado River, which is one of the 2 main rivers flowing throughout the Colorado Plateau (the other is the Green River). We had made reservations for an all day rafting trip the day before with a company called Adrift Adventures, and although this time of year the rapids are quite subdued, we still had a beautiful and relaxing day floating down 14 miles near Fisher Towers.
The La Sal mountains along the Colorado river…I learned that the Tamarisk tree (seen here along the banks) was introduced in the 30’s to help stop bank erosion along the river. Big mistake. This tree has grown out of control and is actually damaging the ecosystem more than helping it (when will people learn to let nature take its natural course…) So about 3 years ago they introduced the Tamarisk beetle, which supposed to eat only the Tamarisk tree…we’ll see what happens there…
Matt and I enjoying our float…we did the all day float, so enjoyed a buffet style lunch on a nice little sandy beach. We were also lucky enough to see a river otter along the way!
A day well spent: Kevan, Matt, me, Dad and Mom at the end of our rafting trip (and none of us looking all that more tan, unfortunately!)
As we rafted down the river we noticed some vineyards growing along the banks, so after we cleaned up back at the condo, we decided to head back and check it out. I for one, was curious as to which grapes they were growing in this arid desert climate, so we found our way to Castle Rock Vineyards. Apparently they planted Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a little Syrah back in the 1980’s, and have been producing wine ever since. I was surprised to find out that they’re only 1 of 6 winemakers in the ENTIRE UTAH STATE! The wines were ok…but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately…) I’m spoiled by the amazing wines produced in California. Regardless, the vineyards were beautiful, set against the red rock mountains.