Canoeing Black Canyon

Foto: H. Lück
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Foto: H. Lück
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Foto: H. Lück
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Place: Black Canyon, USA
Time: 4 days in October
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Me and my friends take the six hour drive north-west of Tucson to the border of Nevada. There we put our canoes in the Colorado River to paddle upstream through Black Canyon. This canyon is the extension of Grand Canyon with the Hoover Dam as a divider. During the weekends they limit the flow through the dam and this makes this upstream paddle possible. after a good day's workout we make camp half way up to the Hoover Dam. We keep this camp a couple of days and go on with the canoes to take a close look at the dam. Seen from a little canoe its indeed a majestic sight looking up at the Hoover Dam. Also interesting checking out the construction site of the bridge that will stretch along the dam when its finished. Now and then we make stops on the river bed to make short expeditions up the mountains climbing this beautiful surroundings. A relaxing feature of the canyon is the hot springs hidden in the mountains, giving us nice and warm baths. We also found a dark cave, hot as a sauna, really exiting to explore. This warmth was well welcomed as the river water is pretty cold. The last trip day we break camp and head downstream back to our van. This trip offers amazing landscape with a rich fauna. We got to see allot of mountain goats, fish and birds. I'm truly grateful for this beautiful experience.

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