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If we had a boat: Green River explorers, adventurers, and by Roy Webb

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It proved to be a perpendicular fall of ten or twelve feet produced by large fragments of rocks which had fallen from the [mountain] and settled in the river extending entirely across its channel and forming an impregnable barrier to the passage of loaded watercraft. 11 Page 24 Red Canyon. The rapid was after known as Ashley Falls. While his men were portaging and lining the boats, the General climbed to a cliff above the river and painted ASHLEY 1825 in large black letters, which was noticed by John Wesley Powell some forty-five years later.

Still later, with encouragement from various friends, I embarked on the attempt to make it into a book. The process has had its good moments and its bad, but like running rapids you learn quickly from your mistakes and are all the more ready to try it again. This book simply would not have been written without the help and encouragement of my good friend Mike Brown. Mike and I have shared many a warm beer at various riverside camps, and it was during such discussions that the initial ideas for this work took shape.

There will always be those who, like the adventurers before them, look at a river and think to themselves, "If we had a boat. . " Page 7 1 River, Rapids, and Canyons In the mysterious shorthand of geographers and mapmakers, the Green River begins at 43°09' north longitude 109°40' west latitude, on the west slope of the Wind River Mountains, 1 part of the northern Rocky Mountain Cordillera that bisects the North American continent. By another method, equally arcane, the river begins in Section 28, Township 37 North, Range 107 West, in Sublette County of the state of Wyoming, United States of America.

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