Thursday, July 15, 2010

Harness the Sun With Arizona River Runners

The water of the Colorado River in the stretch that runs through the Grand Canyon has spilled through Glen Canyon Dam from Lake Powell. This same water has not seen the light of day for a long time and therefore it is very cool. You might say it is downright chilly. At the launch of your Grand Canyon Rafting Trip with Arizona River Runners the water temperature is right around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (or 10 degrees Celsius). That's chilly! It will warm a bit as it courses down the river. It may climb into the high 50's by the end of your trip!

There are advantages and disadvantages to the water being this cold. On the plus side, if you get bit by a pesky red ant, you can soothe your ant bite in the river water. Also, the cold river acts as a constant cooler for your drag-bag of drinks, and a good dousing provides quick relief on a baking hot, summer day.

On the negative side, it makes for very chilly bathing. All soaps, shampoos, lotions and potions are to be used solely in the main river corridor. The warmer side streams that you may hike in are quite attractive for bathing, but they are protected environments and therefore are off limits to soaps etc. Most Grand Canyon Rafters find it to be quite workable to swim, play and bathe in the main river.

If you just can't stand the thought of bathing in 50 degree water, perhaps lots of baby wipes will work or bring a solar shower. You can fill it from the river and heat it on the raft during the day (being careful not to get it too hot!) The most difficult part of your solar shower experience will be finding a way (or somebody) to hold it up while you enjoy the warmth.

So, harness the sun. Go solar.

Arizona River Runners has more cool tips to make your Grand Ganyon rafting trip the vacation of a lifetime. Call 1-800-477-4238 to begin your adventure today.