This was a great adventure! 17 glorious days, floating down the river, making new friends, having a blast, and learning to row. I was able to learn to row some of the smaller rapids.
See my description for information on how to get started doing private river trips in Grand Canyon. http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=16174
We flipped in Lava Falls, which was running at 27,000+. Two of our boats and one commercial flipped within half an hour. It was scary, swimming the biggest rapid in the Canyon, but I didn't have time to be scared, I guess. Pretty thrilling! If you want to see a neat little video of our flip, check out the HAZ Facebook page.
We didn't do many side hikes, although some of the younger set hiked to Thunder River. It was pretty hot. I have a permit for Sept. 2012, and plan to do more hikes then.