This year for High Adventure, we rented some Kayak's and Canoes and went down to Lake Powell to explore the canyons there. We spent 3 days on the lake, moving our camp each day so we could explore more space. We rented the following boats from the local university outdoor rentals:
- 2-single kayaks
- 4-tandem kayaks
- 3 canoes
We drove down on a Tuesday afternoon, and spent the night on the lake at the vehicles. This is the view from the vehicles on Wednesday morning:
We explored one canyon that had "Moqui Steps" carved into the canyon wall. (I'm standing above them here, so you can't see them). This is the view from the top!
The next biggest challenge was filtering water all the time! It was upper 90's for the temperature, and we needed to constantly be drinking to stay hydrated! We clogged 3 water filters filtering the dirty lake water! Luckily we had another 2 to use as backup so we made it ok, but we spent a lot of time filtering!
One of the afternoons we spent working on skills for the canoeing and kayaking merit badges out in a small inlet where we were camped. We swamped canoes and kayaks and un-swamped them using other boats, and on the shore. We did the different strokes and things they needed to do. Now we just need to meet afterwards and work on the paperwork part to get the badges done! It was nice swamping the canoes in warm water instead of the cold mountain lakes I remember doing it in when I was a scout!
We had planned on exploring Friday and then coming home Saturday, but we got a weather report (from a portable emergency weather radio) that there was a wind advisory for Friday afternoon on the lake, with 30-40 mph winds! We decided it was best to boat back to the vehicles Friday morning to beat the wind and be off the lake before it got bad. It was a good thing we did cause even the wind in the morning was a challenge to maneuver the boats through without swamping, keeping moving in the right direction!
At the beginning of the week most everyone was zig-zagging along, trying to go straight, but not really making it. By the end of the week we were all going pretty straight!
We ate raisin bran for breakfast every morning with powdered milk. We prepared ziplock baggies with single servings of raisin bran and powdered milk. Then all we had to do was pour in a cup of water, shake it up a bit and eat! It was actually pretty good! For dinner we had Mountain House freeze dried dinners, and they were great! Very lightweight, but great flavor!
What would I do differently next time? I'd have to try to lighten the load of the gear. We had way more gear than we needed! We were worried about swamping the canoes so we stowed the majority of the gear on the inflatable raft, but we only accidentally swamped a canoe once, and though a sleeping bag went swimming, we were able to dry it out on the hot rocks before bed time, so all was well.