A hand gripped the chicken line, which ran along the rim of the 14-foot blue rubber raft. Scrambling toward him, I grabbed his personal flotation device and with a struggle hauled him from the 40-degree water. We just survived our second Class 4-plus rapid of the 16-mile remote stretch of world-renowned whitewater.
A few hours earlier, we had piled into the van with three rafts stacked on the trailer behind and headed off to get a taste of the Rio Grande. Los Ríos River Runners agreed to take a reporter and photographer from The Taos News down the Taos Box to experience firsthand one of the greatest outdoor adventures Northern New Mexico has to offer. Los Ríos is one of several local rafting companies offering trips on the Rio Grande.