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Salt River Kayak, AZ
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Salt River Kayak, AZ 
Salt River Kayak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking11.82 Miles 166 AEG
Hiking11.82 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   3.46 mph
166 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Had a lot going on around this time and just realized I never posted a triplog for this Salt River float on Memorial Day.

It turned out to be an uncharacteristically cool Memorial Day, so not many tubers on the river. But quite a few kayaks, at least on the upper half of the float.

First time I've floated the entire length from Saguaro to Granite Reef. Our two teenagers were in the individual kayaks, while my wife and I were in our newly acquired tandem kayak. The river flow was pretty solid. In fact, at the first sharp right "turn"/bend before the bridge, we got the tandem pulled into the current and whipped around the outside edge of the bend and straight "under" a bramble of tree branches. We flipped the kayak and got our first dose of reality in the "some-actual-navigation-is-required" department. Luckily, my strapdown job on the small cooler was strong enough to hold it in place, and most of the rest of our belongings were in tethered dry bags, but I did lose my sunglasses and a length of rope. Just glad our tree collision didn't result in injury. 8-[

After that, we were a lot more cautious when taking a bend or any faster moving water. We also realized that our tandem has a lot higher center of gravity, making it more prone to flipping (which we managed to do one more time on the trip down).

Despite these incidents, the float was generally a lot of fun. I had toyed with the idea of trying to paddle up the Verde a bit from the confluence. But, honestly, even though I know it's there, the Verde confluence is actually a little hard to "see" on the ground. It doesn't help that that is also one of the spots where there is a little turbulence in the water, which of course put us on a little high alert, so I wasn't focused on doing any fancy upstream maneuvers at that point. Oh well. Another day.

Saw a lot of horses, as well as my first coachwhip snake (I thought it was a patch-nosed snake, but @gummo tagged it in my photos and set me straight). Unfortunately, I didn't have my good camera, and the one I had found the rock behind the snake more interesting :doh: )

All in all, a great day on the river with the family.
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