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Captains Log- The San Juan River

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Captain’s Log: Rafting on the San Juan River

Date: May 14, 2024
Location: Eight-Mile Mesa, San Juan River, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Weather: Clear skies, 78°F (26°C)

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Preparation and Briefing

The day began with a clear blue sky and the promise of adventure. Our team gathered at Pagosa Adventure’s headquarters, or “the Bus” where we met our guides, Cody and Jeremy.  After a thorough safety briefing and a rundown of the day’s itinerary, we donned our gear: life jackets, helmets, and paddles at the ready.


We launched our raft into the calm waters of the San Juan River. Spirits were high as we pushed off from the shore, the morning sun glinting off the water’s surface. The initial stretch was serene, giving us time to synchronize our paddling and take in the breathtaking scenery.

First Rapids

We hit our first set of rapids, aptly named “Bob’s Wave.” The river roared around us, and we navigated through the rocks with precision and teamwork. The adrenaline rush was palpable, and our crew handled it like seasoned pros.

Mid-Morning Drift

After conquering “Bob’s Wave,” we drifted through a peaceful stretch of the river. The tranquility of the surroundings was mesmerizing—towering pines, rocky outcrops, and the occasional deer sighting. It was a perfect moment to catch our breath and enjoy the beauty of the San Juan River.

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Riverside Picnic

We pulled ashore for a well-deserved lunch. Cody and Jeremy had prepared a delightful spread of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cookies. Sitting by the river, we shared stories and laughter, basking in the warm sunlight and the soothing sounds of nature.

The S-Turn

Refueled and reenergized, we faced the “S-Turn” rapids next. The twists and turns tested our coordination and communication, but we navigated them skillfully. The satisfaction of overcoming these challenges as a team was immensely rewarding.

Final Challenge: Dead Llama Falls

The grand finale of our rafting journey was “Dead Llama Falls,” the most formidable rapids of the day. The water surged and roared, demanding our full attention and strength. With Cody’s expert guidance and our synchronized efforts, we powered through the tumultuous waters, emerging victorious and exhilarated.

Conclusion and Reflection

Our journey down the San Juan River ended on a high note. As we paddled back to shore, there was a profound sense of accomplishment and camaraderie among us. The challenges we faced and the natural beauty we experienced made this an unforgettable adventure.

Back at headquarters, we thanked our guides and fellow rafters. The day had been a perfect blend of thrill and tranquility, showcasing the stunning landscapes of Pagosa Springs and the dynamic spirit of white water rafting.


We departed with hearts full of joy and memories to cherish. The San Juan River had given us an adventure like no other, and I felt grateful for every moment spent on its waters. Until the next voyage, this captain’s log stands as a testament to the spirit of adventure and the beauty of nature.

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