Tag: lower Pecos River

Return to the Pecos – 1. Decisions

Gartman Pecos River Flood Pic 9

Photo by Scott Gartman

The alarm goes off at 6:00 AM, but I’m already awake, and I’m pretty sure my wife Luisa is too. I hit the snooze button, and it’s pouring rain outside; it has been for the last several hours, and as if that wasn’t enough,

Photo of the Day – April 12, 2016

Opt-Brazos-with-Nala2I ran across this photo of our pup Nala in my old Wilderness Ride 135 kayak, and as you can see, she wasn’t afraid to make herself at home. Like her, I always liked that boat and to this day it

Anatomy of a Flood

Gartman Pecos River Photos 1Prologue

A year ago today, we had the misfortune of being on the remote lower Pecos River in southwest Texas when on the fourth day of a 5-day paddle, we were hit by a flash flood, caused by 11 inches of rain in eight hours. We lost our three kayaks and a canoe to the flood, as well as several thousands of dollars’ worth of camera and

Trailer: River Untamed

Gartman Pic 2

Our good friend, and Pecos paddling partner, Scott Gartman (Scent of a Fisherman) just posted this trailer for his upcoming video about our misadventure on the lower Pecos River last year. Today marks the one-year anniversary of our Pandale put-in for that ill-fated trip, and Scott’s done a good job of providing his viewers with

Pecos River Journal – The Trucks

Pecos Truck Removal 6

If you read about our search for the missing kayaks, taken from us by a flash flood on the lower Pecos River last June, then you’ll remember the group of campers from Ozona whose four new pick-up trucks were swept away by the same flood. In one Pecos River Journal entry

Adventure on Outdoors: Pecos River Bass Fishing

LSC Adventure on Outdoors Pecos VideoThe boys from Adventure On Outdoors will soon be back on the lower Pecos River, and I wanted to share this video they made of their last trip, taken April 2014. The group of south Texas men paddled down the same 60-mile stretch of river as we would two months later during our ill-fated Pecos flood trip. As you’ll see, though, their trip had a much

Pecos River Journal – Acceptance

Pecos River Journal Acceptance fllood photoWho knows…what the thunder and lightning will bring,
Maybe the storm will cover my dreams,
Maybe the sun will shine no more;
Who knows…which way the wind is blowing, and when we look back on these things,
we won’t cry no more.
-Zac Brown Band

Part 1 – Denial

It seems like such paltry returns for so much work. We went down to the lower Pecos

Pecos River Journal – Ike and the River Cane

Ike and the River Cane 2At 6’6,” Ike Billings is a giant of a man. He is a sixty-six-years old retired ranch hand, part time bass fisherman and as direct as he is tall. It didn’t take long to get to the point. How long, I asked, before it’d be safe to get back on the river in his boat? He paused for a bit and said a few days