Rafting, Grand Canyon National Park

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    The "kids" of the Grand Canyon
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    Steaks on the grill, Grand Canyon
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    From Bar-10 to Page, getting home

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Grand Canyon flyover
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    As we head toward Page, Arizona we fly over the entire length of the river that we has just rafted for the last 7 days and 6 nights, we traveled for a total of 187 miles on the river and we were now covering the same distance in a matter of minutes. We were still amazed to realize that we had actually done it, rafted the Grand Canyon.
    Our first view from the plane of Page and our home away from home with Vere.

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    From Bar-10 to Page, over Grand Canyon

    by Martin_S. Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    Getting ready to board plane at Bar-10 ranch
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    Nearing the end of our Grand Grand Canyon Rafting trip, we still have one more adventure before us, here we are boarding a small 14 passenger plane for the return trip to Page, Arizona from the Bar-10 Ranch...This is one of the things included in the rafting trip, or rather it is an "option", you could also land further down river and take a bus back to your hotel...a bus ride of over 4 hours...and in addition you would NOT see what we saw from the plane, flying over the Grand Canyon was also exciting, especially in the powerful updrafts and downdrafts coming from the canyon itself and its affect on our small plane.

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    Bar-10 Ranch, north rim, Grand Canyon

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Bar-10 Ranch, north rim, Grand Canyon

    This is the Bar-10 Ranch, located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, only a 5 minute helicopter ride from the river. There are several guest houses here and they have facilities for "processing" the rafting groups who come off the river at this point. The provide a good hot shower and towels, a welcome thing after "showering" in the river for a week. The also give you a good lunch before you are ready to wander the gift shop (yes a gift shop, there did have to be one of those SOMEWHERE). After you are all ready you get on a plane that takes you back to one of three places, St.Charles in Utah, Las Vegas in Nevada, or Page in Arizona.

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    Bar-10 Ranch, north rim, Grand Canyon

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Bar-10 Ranch, north rim, Grand Canyon

    This is the Bar-10 Ranch, located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, only a 5 minute helicopter ride from the river. There are several guest houses here and they have facilities for "processing" the rafting groups who come off the river at this point. The provide a good hot shower and towels, a welcome thing after "showering" in the river for a week. The also give you a good lunch before you are ready to wander the gift shop (yes a gift shop, there did have to be one of those SOMEWHERE). After you are all ready you get on a plane that takes you back to one of three places, St.Charles in Utah, Las Vegas in Nevada, or Page in Arizona.

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    Whitmore Wash Helicopter Pad

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Whitmore Wash helicopter pad, Grand Canyon
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    We had only a few miles to cover from our night camp till we reached the helicopter pad at Whitmore Wash. This was taken as we approached the pad and another group of rafters had arrived before us and were on their way to the Bar-10 Ranch. When we boarded the helicopter, they asked Tal if she would "like to be co-pilot", god, what a silly question to ask...

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    Special Tribute and thanks to OSCAR !!!

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Oscar on sand bar, Colorado River, Grand Canyon

    Meet OSCAR, the most essential element of our trip, without whom we could never have accomplished what we did. Oscar provided us with a place to sit and contemplate the river as it passed us by. As you can see from the picture the "cover" for Oscar was only in your mind, you sat in the middle of nature, in full comfort and "did your thing". It was fully fun when a raft full of people happened to float by during your sojourn to Oscar. If Oscar was "busy" you would wait patiently till "he" was available.

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    The People

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Just to show you the people involved here, all of whom we met for the first time the night before we boarded the rafts.
    First of all we have the kids, two American boys, two English girls and our Israeli girl.
    Then the adults, one English, one German, two Canadians, one Israeli, two Native Americans, one American-Israeli and 5 Americans.
    Divided up as two Native Americans, two Canadians, two Israelis, three English, one German and eight Americans, plus one American-Israeli. It was fantastic to see the interactions with this diverse group and it will be fun to keep in touch with one and all of them.

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    25th Wedding Anniversary, Grand Canyon Style

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    25th Wedding Anniversary, Grand Canyon Style

    We planned this trip as a gift to ourselves to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We figured 25 years together was special enough to warrant a very special way to celebrate, so we decided to raft the Grand Canyon...a good choice and we all enjoyed it.
    We also received a surprise on our anniversary, our guides baked us a cake, I must admit it was a great cake and we had fun sharing it with the new friends we had made on this trip.

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    Last Campsite at mile 180

    by Martin_S. Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    Unloaded rafts in Grand Canyon
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    The rafts here at our last nights camp ground were totally unloaded and prepared for the next morning when we would depart the Grand Canyon.
    You can see the guides giving those big smiles even after a hard working day at the river, they are still making sure that we enjoy.
    And you can see the size of the grill that was put out for us, we had enough steaks even for MY TASTE ...
    Last and by no means least, or rather much because of, our guides, we enjoyed the trip, were safe and instructed, and also learned about the river system, running the river and the environment enclosed within these fantastically beautiful rock walls. A good opportunity to thank them yet again for a totally pleasurable trip.

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    Lava Falls Rapid, now its OUR TURN

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Lava Falls Rapid, going in
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    Okay so now it is our turn, but this time we return to the raft after having seen what the other raft went through, this is the first time we have SEEN how the raft bounces and flies up and down and gets thrown around as it is pushed, pulled and prodded through the rapid...the frist picture shows us going into the first part of the rapid, will we end up on that first rock that is put in our path...no guess not, the second picture shows us going under the crest of a wave and as you know we DID COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE !!!

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    Lava Falls Rapid, the other raft

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Lava Falls Rapid, brown water entering
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    This was one of the big ones, Lava Falls Rapid, at mile 179. It is rated at 8-10 with a drop of 13 feet, but WHAT A DROP. It was also great becasue we got to anchor our raft and climb a small hill adjacent to the rapid and we could photograph the other raft as it went through the rapids, this was the first opportunity we had with such a good viewpoint. You can see in the first picture with the brown water (caused by an influx of water from an adjacent canyon) how calm the water looks as they approach the rapids. The following pictures show you just how rough it can be.

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    Havasu Creek (2)

    by Martin_S. Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    Havasu Creek,
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    At one point on the trail in Havasu Creek you will find that you have to "thread the needle" to continue, literally crawl through this small opening to find a log into which steps have been carved, after you negotiate this spot the whole canyon is easy. All the places we visited on our trip have these mineral deposit "roses" that you can see in the second picture. The third picture shows the human chain we formed to cross the creek at a shallow spot, it was still very swift at this point so most people could not cross without a helping hand. The "narrows" was just before the point where the creek exits its valley to emerge and merge with the Colorado, up to this point it was also accessable by kayak. The last picture shows the landing spot for the rafts, it was just before a rapid and the landing was NOT EASY.

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    Havasu Creek (1)

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 18, 2006

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    Havasu Creek, going upriver
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    Havasu Creek was one of the high spots of the hikes off river. You can follow this river and canyon till you come to Mooney Falls, about 5 miles in an dthen the Suapi Village is another 2 miles. All along the river you will find greenery mixed with exposed rocks over which Havasu Creek makes its way to join the Colorado River. There are plenty of spots to just sit down and listen to the play of the water over the rocks, or take a swim in one of the many, many pools here.

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    Kanab Rapids, mile 144

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 18, 2006

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    Kanab Rapids, mile 144

    Kanab Rapids is rated as only a 2-5, but it has a 12 foot drop and from the looks of the picture here is is "under" rated, you judge for yourself. Sorry about the poor picture quality, they were taken with one of those waterproof, one time use cameras and in addition I was holding on very strongly with one hand trying to take pictures with the other hand and at the same time STAY IN THE BOAT !!!!!!!!

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    Fishtail Rapids, mile 139

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 18, 2006

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    Fishtail Rapids, mile 139, getting ready
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    Now we find ourselves at Fishtail Rapids, mile 139, rated at 4 with a drop of 10 feet. But you take a look at the picture, I am sure they misrated it, we almost disappeared into that crest you can see...but as you can see by the looks on Andreas and Tal faces, both before entering the rapids and after exiting, it was fun (well and wet also).

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