On a sunny crisp Tuesday morning in Breckenridge, about to depart for our wonderful adventure with Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting on the Upper Colorado Duckies, we hit the road to arrive for 8:30AM and got there with plenty of time to spare. After check in with the lovely front desk agents, we were welcomed by our guide Ross and given wetsuits, helmets, and life jackets. We waited patiently as the other guests going on the raft were given life jackets. The free coffee was a nice little kick to wake up from the early morning and prepare ourselves for the beautiful day on the river. We headed out on the bus with all the other passengers eager as beavers to experience the Colorado River.
Before the bus pulled into the take in area, Ross had gone over all the safety procedures. We arrived to the take in area and everyone stood off in a safe area while all the guides prepared the kayaks and rafts for everyone. Ross had explained the kayak procedure and the specifics to the 4 of us before getting on the bus and then reiterated those procedures along the river. We all climbed in and took off down the river. There were 4 inflatable kayaks and 3 rafts. We followed closely to the raft that Ross was in to be sure we could hear his directions.
As we approached the canyon, which Ross had warned us about, we noticed a big boulder protruding into the water. Ross repeatedly warned everyone to not hit it, and told us no matter how many times he warned people about the boulder there was someone that would hit it. After the canyon, we were given the opportunity to get in the water by jumping off Jump Rock or Little Jump Rock. Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, without hesitation I decided on the 25 ft Jump Rock. There was a photographer across the river that captured the moment. Luckily she did not get a shot of my face once I surfaced because the shock of the cold water didn’t leave the prettiest sight. HA!
We had about 15 or so minutes left on the water to where the bus met us at the Radium take out area, which brought us back to the Kremmling outpost. Everyone we had met that day was very friendly and approachable. I had yet to take a trip on the Colorado River and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you are looking for a different type of experience from rafting, I would highly recommend the duckies on the Colorado River.