on the Colorado
Mar 18, 2001
from Walter's Camp to Imperial Dam with bird guide
Miller--put together by Tom Camp for the San Diego Kayak Club.
Along for the fun were Dee, Esteban, Jeanette and Debbie.
54 species total (list is at bottom of page)
had arrived early in the Southwest and the season went from Winter right
straight into Summer practically overnight. We all met and
camped out the first night at Walter's Camp on the California
side just south of Blythe CA. Six adventurous souls. We were awakened numerous times
throughout the night by the haunting sounds of several dozen Coyotes
howling and wild burrows braying. Just
before sunup there was a Western Screech Owl calling very close to camp.
On the Colorado
new day started early and after a nice hot breakfast we were
headed down the river again. We explored hidden backwaters along
the way but there were too many to see in a single trip.
were pulling out at another old cabin called Watchman’s Cabin.
It was built by the 49’ers during the gold rush days and it too
is in good shape.
all signed the guest book and were soon back on the water.
Lake was our next campsite. After the tents were pitched we
paddled two miles down the river to Martinez Lake resort for an
ice cold drink. Being Saint Patty’s Day, the restaurant
Beef and Cabbage so we grabbed an order to go and headed back to
camp. The paddle back up river to camp was a workout but a lot
of fun. As we settled into camp, the sky blazed with colors,
several hundred swallows swirled around us, Marsh Wrens, Common
Yellowthroats and Yellow-rumped Warblers worked for their dinner
in the vegetation all around us.
That evening we enjoyed the campfire, a bottle of wine and a few
stiff- drinked toasts. For medicinal purposes you understand! It
happened to be that my birthday was the next day…18 ?!?
Unbeknownst to me, the others had sneaked a chocolate pie and a
candle while at the restaurant and surprised me with a birthday
cake, rough out style!!
Cause for another toast for sure!
Coyotes and the Great Horned Owls serenade our sleep again that
night. Sunday dawned bright and we had our breakfast before
setting off on our final leg of the trip. As we rounded a big bend
in the river we were met by the Colorado King II. It is a big
paddlewheeler that tours the river with lunch and dinner cruises.
What an amazing sight! It was easy to imagine the days when
numerous paddlewheelers plied the wild waters of the Great Muddy
bringing supplies to the miners and settlers of the area all the
way from San Francisco by steaming around the Southern tip of Baja
California. By noon we were paddling in to our final destination,
Hidden Shores Marina at the Imperial Dam. We all enjoyed an ice
cream and said our so long till next times and were on our way
Overlooking the Colorado