kayak/canoe - the great escape - March 1, 2012
Time for another annual classic- the first of March Canoeing Canyoneering Hot tubbing trip to the Black Canyon, down by Vegas. A wonderful getaway from winter weekend- spend it hiking, scrambling, canoeing and luxuriating in scenic hot tubs; leaving your snow boots and parkas home, and hanging out in your Tevas, T shirts and shorts. We will drive down thursday morning, check into our nice Hacienda Hotel, near Boulder Dam, at off season rates (last year we paid 29.99 for a room w/ 2 queens), and then drive over and check out the dam, and the stunning new bridge over the dam. After dinner together at the casino buffet, we will get our gear together for an early morning rollout to meet the outfitter who will be driving us through the national high security zone to the foot of the dam, where we will launch our rented canoes and kayaks. There is not much real canoeing involved, it is all flat water, we will spend the first night camped at the mouth of a canyon less than a mile from the put in, and then saturday morning meander another mile to a second exploratory canyon, where we will spend the day, before paddling another mile down to camp saturday night @ the third canyon. With more hot springs and pools. Sunday morning we will paddle for 3 hours down to the takeout, where the outfitter picks us up and will bring us back to pick up our cars at the hotel, and then we will boogy for home sunday afternoon. Actually you'd better not plan on leaving all of your snow gear home- a couple of years ago, after kicking back in our swim suits all weekend, coming home we ran into a major blizzard around Beaver, and struggled around vehicles parked on the shoulders and in the barrow pits, before we made it back home. It is still winter. Here. This trip is full.