Hi Charlie,

I just wanted to say thank you again for another fantastic river trip! Our group had an incredible time and I think it will be a big highlight of the course.

We’re very grateful for Lesley and Wesley who shared so much knowledge and expertise about canoeing and the region and were so dedicated as guides.

I’ve attached a photo I took of Lesley if you wouldn’t mind passing it along to here! And here’s a link to our course blog if any of you are interested in the students’ reflections from the trip and other things we’ve been up to! https://yak.wheretherebedragons.com/category/students/2021-spring-gap/rio-grande-semester-group-a/

Thanks Charlie!

Best wishes,


April 2017 Review:
Charlie and crew,
Our Devil’s River trip exceeded our expectations and left us wanting to do it again.    Despite the wide range of our group’s ages, from 11 to 72; and despite the differences in our kayaking expertise, from novice to pretty decent … you all were able to tailor the adventure accordingly for all of us.  The adventurers got their share of fun, the novices had a very safe and enjoyable time.   The surprise storm and fast rising river was an event that really showed how attuned you are to the potential dangers of the river, and how to mitigate quickly and appropriately.    It was great to have you make all the necessary arrangements ahead of time, from the dependable shuttle to the three camping spots.    We all appreciated the well prepared and abundant food, and never had a worry during the entire trip.

You and your crew were top notch, and you allowed us to have a fabulous time.

Michelle Rumbaut, Steve White, Clint Taylor, John Sieben, and the rest of the gang …


Hi Charles!

Thank you so much for the pictures. They really turned out great. Bob & I are still talking about the day we spent with you. You were a great tour guide and lots of fun. Also, thanks for setting us up in Casa Piedra. A really neat couple and gracious hostesses. The house was fantastic.

Please let me know what we owe you for the CD.

Hope you are doing well and keeping busy with all of your tours.

Best Wishes, Shirley & Bob


Hello Charles,

Leta and I were reminiscing about our guided hiking trip as I was writing it up in our travel diary today, and looking at the map of Big Bend Ranch State Park. You really showed us a lot and worked hard to give us a good experience. The next day we followed your suggestion and walked to Cattail Canyon Falls in the national park, a beautiful place. I will email you a photo or two from our trip later. Thank you for a memorable time!

David Barry

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