How cool is this?
Sally and I had been in Flagstaff this morning running a few errands and we stopped at a gas station that we almost never use. As we were waiting to pull out into traffic, a truck pulling a dory (a wooden boat used in river trips) went by us. We see Dorys all the time here in Flagstaff, but this one is special, it’s the Emerald Mile, the boat used by Kenton Grua (who was also the first person to walk the entire length of Grand Canyon), Rudi Petschek and Steve Reynolds in 1983 to make the historic “speed run” through the Grand Canyon.
Having never seen this boat in person, I immediately changed plans and took off following her. I had to see this boat up close. We followed her to Grand Canyon Dories where I promptly introduced myself to the guy driving the truck pulling the Emerald Mile, his name is Justin. While Justin and I had never met before, it turns out that we did chat via email a few years earlier when he had expressed interest in participating in one of my Grand Canyon river trips. I asked Justin if Sally and I could photograph the boat, to which he very graciously gave the ok.