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Colorado - Hoover to Willow Beach AZ, AZ 
Colorado - Hoover to Willow Beach AZ, AZ
 
Canoeing avatar Feb 21 2016
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Canoeing11.00 Miles
Canoeing11.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.20 mph
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We'd originally planned to kayak the Topock Gorge, but our outfitter cancelled the trip. We found another group with an opening for a Black Canyon trip, so we jumped on it. Michelle felt a little bad about making me do this trip again, since I've already done it twice, and I had a hard time convincing her that it wasn't at all a disappointment. That is, until we were on the water and she realized what an awesome trip Black Canyon is!

The last 2 trips, I was in a canoe loaded down with car-camping style camping gear. Paddling that stretch was physically difficult, and especially the piece once you get down to lake water again was just torture. This time, in a light weight and nimble kayak, without any real gear and a slight tailwind, it was a breeze! I had so much fun with just the paddling that I swore to never set foot in a canoe again (of course, I'm not good at keeping those kinds of promises).

We stopped at the canyons up near the dam and played in the hot water, but we weren't really in the mood for "soaking". Besides, the zoo we'd seen at Arizona Hot Springs made us a little leery. It seems, though, that Sunday was much less popular - we didn't see anyone on the beach even at AZ Hot Spring canyon.

Such a nice day paddling on the river - I highly recommend it as a day trip for fit kayakers rather than forcing it to be an overnight with tons of gear. Of course, I've yet to try it as a kayak with backpacking style gear - so maybe there is a happier medium there. It's worth a try - particularly for the beauty of the canyon and the song of the canyon wren.
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