Sunday, February 2, 2014

Raft trip

I was back and forth today changing plans. Everything in that part of the the country is so far away.
 Apparently there is such a thing as a raft trip down the Colorado River that starts at the Glen Canyon Dam.

One things that is GOOD TO KNOW - THEIR CARRY-ON POLICY: no bags allowed unless clear plastic. no bags means even camera cases!!!! you can take your wallet and your camera, but not your  non-see-through pocket book.

They have full day trips (6.5 hours) for $111 a  person with lunch included and half day trips for $91 a person (we figure about 3 hours) without lunch.

I figure 3 hours are enough of a boat trip. And we don't have to eat there. We can eat cheap later. In the afternoon we can tour the Glen Canyon Dam and Overlook Lake Powell. We will probably sleep over in Page, AZ and hit our next spot the next day. Still deciding whether or not to go see the 4 corners monument.

Here is a description of both 1/2 and full day trips - straight from their website:

HALF DAY (they say it is the most popular - probably because most people don't want to spend 6.5 hours in a boat):

From March 1 through April 30, we offer one raft trip per day departing at 11:00 a.m. From May 1 through September 30, we offer two daily raft departures at 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. From October 1 through November 30, we offer one raft trip per day departing at 11:00 a.m. All trips start from the town of Page, AZ.
The half day rafting adventures include water and canned drinks aboard each of the rafts. Our Bistro bag lunches can be purchased at the River’s End Caf√© and are a great way to enjoy a delicious meal on the Colorado River.
Please come to our rafting headquarters in Page, AZ at least 30 minutes before your tour departure time to check in.
All Colorado River Discovery river trips begin with an exciting ride down the two-mile long Glen Canyon Dam access tunnel. With the dam soaring 700 feet above you, you will board a motorized pontoon raft for your journey downstream, where you will experience one of the most dramatic stretches of river found in the western United States.
While underway, your experienced guide will tell the area’s story of soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, former inhabitation by native cultures, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell, and the Colorado River’s modern role in the Southwest’s water and power delivery system.
Your trip will also include a stop to view ancient petroglyphs left by Ancestral Puebloan peoples.

The Full Day Motor Rafting excursion is perfect for those that have a day to experience all that the mighty Colorado River has to offer through the entire Glen Canyon stretch.  You will experience majestic Navajo sandstone cliff walls, ancient Native American petroglyphs, incredible wildlife, and amazing scenery around every bend on this 15.5 miles smooth water rafting trip.
You day will begin at the Colorado River Discovery Welcome Center.  Upon check in, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and oriented with the details of your day on the River.  You will then be transported down a 2 mile tunnel through the walls of the canyon, exiting out at the base of the Glen Canyon Dam.  Here, you will meet your experienced river guide and begin your journey down one of the most incredible stretches of the Colorado River.  Your guide will regale you will their knowledge of the human and natural history of Glen Canyon.
Half way through your trip, we will stop at Petroglyph Beach.  You will have a chance to stretch your legs, use the restroom, take a dip in the cold clear waters of the River, and take a short hike to view ancient petroglyphs left by the Native American tribes of the area.
We will continue through iconic Horseshoe Bend and end your trip at historic Lees Ferry.  Our clean, air conditioned motor coach will meet you at Lees Ferry for the 90 mile ride back to our Welcome Center in Page, AZ
Door to door, this trip is approximately 6.5 hours long and includes water, lemonade and a Bistro bag lunch.

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