The Road Less taken.... by Robert Frost,
a snip it from his poem.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
My events tend to ? follow that line of "The Water Way Less Traveled By".
When asked why on earth would you paddle up a river?
When completing this little adventure, you can simply state, "It may all the difference"
I sea water differently
Sea you on the water ;}
The event is going to be a little different than most of our paddles. By that I mean we are going to be paddling up stream from the “normal take out” of our river events, Which is at the Granite Reef Recreation site.
This event is open to all paddlers with an adventures spirit. And willing to put in a little extra effort to have fun learn a few river tricks, get a your feet a little muddy, and you could break a sweat. But the scenic rewards are worth it
I my opinion, a requirement should be Paddle gloves, any good fitting glove (bicycle or fingerless gloves work well ) that will help in preventing blisters as you will be paddling with an effort. kind of like paddling in to a head wind, you stop paddling you go back wards.
I would also recommend good sturdy foot ware as there will be short sections of walking on river rocks and such and thin soled booties might be? Its your feet.
And yes a well fitted and secured PDF Personal Flotation Device is a requirement.
The Goal or Challenge is to work our way up stream, with the aid of at least 1 water portage and 1 land portage. This will be a team effort to portage and guide our way up the water way. There are “sucker holes” or eddy's “still water” at the shore line to park your kayak into to chill a bit.
In the past we have worked our way past the island and beyond. This is a great work out as you will be earning every scenic foot of pristine water way.
Its about 4 miles from Granite Reef to the confluence of the Verde and Salt rivers, or what is known as Phon D Recreation site. We have never gotten up river this far but who knows.
I would also recommend to keep your deck mates at home as weight will be an issue, keep it light.
This is not a race or competition, its all about YOU, how far can YOU go. Paddle as far as you can then simple pull over and cheer on others or peel off with a partner and glide back down river and we all will meet up back at the "Put in"
First thing in the morning we will meet at the Shell Gas Station on the corner of Power and McDowell Rd. in east Mesa. We can, at this time do a little re-shuffling of boats to get better use of the parking on site. Meeting time 9:00 am attempt to put paddle to water by 10:00 am
And be sure to refresh your self with our safety policies.
A Tonto pass is required and can be purchased at the Shell Station.
The time frame for this adventure from "put in" to "take out" is in the range of 4 hours Tops.
Please post any questions you have