Colorado River Rafting Tour
Trip Start May 07, 2009
26Trip End May 31, 2009
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What a day we have had. We had to get up early again and headed off to Boulder City where we checked in for our tour. We were each given a lunch box for our trip with lunch and water (I even got a gluten free one). We were taken by bus out to Hoover Dam and taken down the side of the dam then boarded our raft. There were about 36 people all up on the raft, we were able to sit on one of the outer tubes, think Josh thought he was on a big hotdog. Our tour guide/raft operator, Brian, was very informative and a bit of a comedian and he made the trip very enjoyable.
We were able to see Hoover Dam and the construction of the new bridge from the lower side of the dam before we headed 12 mile down stream. Saw a few caves, hot water springs (they say the water comes out some of them at 150 degrees fahrenheit), wild mountain sheep, fish (the water is crystal clear), kayakers, naked men jumping into the water (I didn't look - I closed my eyes but I did know that the water was extremely cold and when they bent over there was nothing hanging down to see - brass monkeys)
Saw a place where a government official would have to stay for 120 days at a time to take water samples back in the 1930's. He had to walk along a trail on the edge of the canyon wall for 1 1/2 miles and cross the river twice via a small pull along one man cable car. Not a nice job.
We got wet at times on the raft, Josh was allowed to put his head under one of the hot springs and he also got soaked by the tour guide. He had a blast. We stopped off at one small beach for lunch and then another one later on where we were able to swim. We can say that we have swam in the Colorado but I tell you, it was freezing, I'd say similar to swimming in a pool of ice. The temperature was about 105 F so it was quite refreshing and we dryed off fairly quickly.
We finished off at Willow Beach, Arizona and then the bus collected us and took us back via the Hoover Dam. 7 of the 8 bridges are now finished, they say the other one which is at Hoover Dam could take until mid next year. Apparently during a storm a lot of it blew down and put them 2 years behind.
Got back to the hotel and went down to the pool for a swim and a sit in the spa. Josh has just had a bath and Rick has cooked tea.
Just about to finish this off and then we will be heading out, either down the strip or to Fremont Street.
Catch ya's later.