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Adam, Susan & 🐕 Wallace  Watershed explorers, paddling 50 Wild & Scenic rivers in 2 years. Full time road lifers. Next W&S River: Rio Grande, NM!

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See you all in 12 days! North Canyon, Silver Grotto, Little Colorado, Nankoweap, Inner gorge, Granite, Crystal....Lava!
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3 siblings rig in this photo while 6 kids play in the river and 1 Pop-Pop (grandpa) shoots photos. It's a great sight. Can't wait to add to the family soon 😉!
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I hope this inspires you to get on airplane mode for at least one full day (24 hours) and fully breathe in your surroundings with the people you love.
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#100HoursUnplugged #wildriverlife

Had to squeeze in another "so excited to write a book" post before we launch. We are at Lee's Ferry right now (launch spot for 12 days rafting in the Grand Canyon) but are still basking in our accomplishment to get our book rolling.
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Here, Adam heads to put on the #wildandscenic Virgin River that runs through Zion National Park. Maybe the best way to see Zion and avoid all the crowds! Be sure to grab our book (next year) for all the details!
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#wildriverlife #zionnps #southwestboating #wowutah #utahisrad #exploreutah @amelliottimages

We're writing a guidbook! We are SO excited to share all the #wildandscenic rivers we'll be visiting for these 2 years, and mostly - enable YOU to visit them as well!
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As we pack for our trip into the Grand Canyon (not Wild & Scenic insanely enough), we've also been gathering words, photos and map info for our first content delivery.
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Stay tuned for updates on all the river's we're hitting and how you can get a hold of our beautiful book next year!
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#wildriverlife #whitesalmonriver

Next big trip: 12 days in the Grand Canyon with the Elliott clan. Not a Wild and Scenic designation, but we've decided to make an exception for this one.
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The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon definitely feels like it should be protected as #wildandscenic. The proposal to build a mega-tourist center at the confluence of the Little Colorado and the main would certainly be more difficult to pass if this were a designated run, for instance.
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Today, we load the 2 big S-rigs that will be our chariots and homes for 2 weeks. We'll be living large, that's for sure. It will be our first motor trip in the big ditch (Susan's 4th trip on the river and Adam's 50th or something).
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Also preparing to go offline for the entire duration, so we'll be IG MIA for a while!
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#grandcanyon #unplug

A face full of wave. Great way to end an adventure day with the parents. That's right, our parents.
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First we hiked to an alpine lake at 10,000 feet, then we rafted ~15 miles of the Rio Grande river. Just a day in New Mexico for those two intrepid locals.
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Visiting #wildandscenic rivers across the country without meeting up with locals would be boring. No one to comment on the unique plants, their favorite restaurants, or who has a good story to tell.
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The rivers take us to the people. The people show us their rivers. It is a lovely thing. --
#riverfamily #adventurefamily

Sometimes we seek the source of our rivers.
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Hiking into Williams Lake near Taos Ski Valley felt like an instagram cliche. Campers waking up to a partially frozen alpine lake, surrounded by forests and peaks. A puppy dog bounding through slushy snow fields against a backdrop of craggy cliffs and boulder fields. It all made me want to leave my camera in my bag. So I did. Until my father-in-law took it out and shot this photo.
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#newmexico #riogrande #wildandscenic #ohwallace

If you're hot, you're stupid. At least when you're near a refreshingly cold river.
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It's easy to complain about the heat on a June afternoon in New Mexico. What isn't easy is taking the initiative to change your situation for the better. This means getting wet. And the best way to do that is an all-or-nothing dunk.
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We almost never regret swimming in rivers. This notion allows us to take the plunge with less hesitation. Try it sometime.
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@nrsweb @basecampbrewingco #optoutside

We ramble south, into New Mexico from Colorado, through what feels like a back door. Not on a major interstate, the mountains part their peaks to allow passage for a small number of cars. We steer toward Taos and cross the border.
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The Rio Grande, one of the original 8 Wild & Scenic Rivers protected in 1968, began back in Colorado and will flow all the way to the Gulf of Mexico via 3 states. We follow it and turn away at a small tributary not well known by many but loved by others.
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Through the town of Dixon, we find our home at a friend's house on the Embudo River. His property welcomes all kayakers and we feel right at home.
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#gratitude #kayakersgetnaked

Riding 8 friends deep in the Road Home! We added Ft. Collins to our destination list this year for two reasons: 1. The wedding of an outrageously uplifting soul and her dandy-of-a-man, and 2. The #wildandscenic Cache la Poudre River (the only Wild & Scenic in Colorado).
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The wedding had us all gooshy. We remember our day of commitment and expressions of love and gratitude for each other over 3 years ago. Somehow, the vows of others bring out memories of our own vows and our own ideas of a lifetime partnership.
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The next day paddling the Poudre River we solidified those ideas of supporting each other in exploration and adventure. #adventureteam

Sometimes things go sideways! An ARTA raft gets pinned on a rock on the South Fork American (Chili Bar Section) this spring. Nobody was hurt and the raft came off in about 8 minutes after some speedy rope work and partial deflation of some sections of the outer tube.
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We were quite impressed with the professionalism of the ARTA guides and safety kayaker on this trip. (The safety kayaker, pictured in the classic helmet on the left, happens to be the ARTA California General Manager, Tom Freer, whitewater legend.) Good work out there!
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Thinking of all the places we've been in the last few months and can't believe California feels so far away. Sitting here in Santa Fe gearing up for the #wildandscenic Rio Grande Taos Box tomorrow and looking back on photos from rivers across the west. Feels good.
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#southforkamerican #californiarivers @artarivertrips

Colorado's only #wildandscenic river, the Cache la Poudre, outside of Fort Collins is mighty special. The rock grind midway through Pineview is sick! Thanks, @evan_stafford and @alevknecht for showing us the goods! @daggerkayaks @nrsweb 📷:@russellbair

Unplugged and outside. Solar energy keeps the lights on and computers ready to work anywhere. @yakimaracks Skybox keeps our backpacks and drybags free from rain-induced mold (more of a problem in the #pnw).
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Road life tools that we love every day. We just need the climbing wall instead of the ladder...one day!
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📷from our campsite at the confluence of Teneya Creek and the Merced in Yosemite a few weeks back! On our way to Ft Collins for wedding festivities and the #wildandscenic Poudre River now!

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