Saturday, March 7, 2015
How To Have The River To Yourself
The Bayfield Bunch as we went by the turn-off to Congress, just as it started to get serious about raining.
Home for the night was the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino between Boulder City and Henderson. First time for us. Large rooms, good price, clean, and Suzanne, from Take To The Highway, in the parking lot, looking for a different adventure.
Desert Adventures for the launch below Hoover Dam. For years, outfitters used a parking lot at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino for organizing shuttles and clearing initial dam security checks. The Hacienda was sold and is now the Hoover Dam Lodge, but their rooms were closed for remodeling, thus our stay at Railroad Pass. Frankly, I'm betting we'll base our next trip out of Railroad Pass.
The National Park Service has instituted a new rule limiting the launch window to 15 minutes which made our launch a fire drill that was unexpected and had the potential for creating safety issues.
The canyon had a significant flash since the last time I was here, and a number of the "normal" sites were in poor condition as a result.