Thanks to American Indians (Hualapai), Arizona has a short 1-day cruise on
the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, because they can ignore so many state
and federal laws.
The Grand Canyon is a big socialistic make-work program for the government.
Avoid all government tours of the Canyon and the Colorado River and
instead use the Hualapai Indians and the Hualapai River Runners tour. http://rexcurry.net/arizona.html
When I tried to book a tour of the canyon by river, all the U.S. government
tours were either 3 or 4 days, and lets face it, I have a life. Nature
is not that interesting.
It is fortunate that the internet helped me discover the Hualapai Indian
tour. They don't have to follow the idiotic U.S. government bureaucrat
rules, so they have a one day trip, thank you very much.
Seriously, half way through the one day trip I was ready
to pull over, stop and leave. How can anyone endure the 3 or 4 day
trips? For crying out loud, its cliffs! cliffs, cliffs, and cliffs.
The scene becomes monotonous.
To get to the tour, we took an early ride on historic
Route 66 to their Indian reservation where we had reservations for whitewater
rafting. It seemed like a stereotypical Indian reservation, impoverished
by decades of government socialism. Like a mini U.S.S.R. created by
The Hualapai don't cash in on casino gambling the way
other tribes have in the U.S. or maybe they don't think they can compete with
The wild bumpy truck ride down the "banks" to the river
takes a long time and is a tour in itself. There are wild burrows or
mules and other wildlife along the way. The Hualapai stopped to let us approach
the wildlife. The Indians aren't anal about souvenirs if you know what
The river ride started at Diamond Creek and ended at
Pierce Ferry (at Lake Mead?). There is a stop for lunch. The
lunch location is described by the guide as a historic spot involving the
first exploration of the Colorado River called "separation point" where two
of Powell's men left the group. They decided they were never going
to raft out of the canyon, so they decided to climb the canyon walls and
walk out. They were never heard from again and are presumed to have
starved, died of thirst or been killed by Indians (Hualapai?). The
decedents never learned that a stopping point was only a short ways farther
down the river.
While the guide told the story I was thinking how much
I wanted to climb the walls and walk out. Seriously. And if
I had climbed out I would probably have faced the same result as Powell's
men - death in the middle of nowhere while trying to walk find civilization.
They could drop the second half of the trip, but I don't think they can unless
they airlift you out by helicopter, which might be worth the price if you
plan ahead. It was a good thing that he told me the end was near.
Be sure and have your companion take a photo of you relieving
yourself in the river. Afterall, everyone will have to relieve themselves
at some point, so make it count.
A professor of economics told me that a tiny piece of
the Grand Canyon could be filled with all the landfill in the USA for 100
years easily and no one would notice (except the eco-freaks). Now, I
know that it is true after witnessing the vastness.
And while you are at the canyon, have your companion
snap a panoramic photo of yourself trying to fill the canyon as you lean
over a cliff leaving your own souvenir of liquid gold. Its a keeper.