Our friends reserved everything for us!
Our friend Kassi arranged everything for us beforehand. Since she had done this before she knew not only the route, but exactly how to book our kayak rentals and our backhaul (the ride up the river).
All we had to do was show up... at 6 a.m.
We arranged the earliest pickups and backhauls we could get. We wanted to make the most of our day on the water. So we picked up our kayaks to load them up at 6, and our boat left at 7!
Once we’d been given the safety briefing and had loaded Steve’s boat, we headed upstream! During the ride, he told us about the history of Lee’s Ferry and Glen Canyon Dam all while pointing out landmarks as we passed them.
See the highlights from our trip in my video below!
We hopped in our kayaks, and away we went!
Once we got to the dam, he dropped us off with our gear on a sandbank. We were soon off on our own to float back downstream to Lee’s Ferry boat ramp.
When our necks were sore from staring up at the walls, we’d look down and realize that everything below was just as beautiful as it was above! It was truly 360 degrees of unreal scenery.
Fly fishing wasn't successful the first day.
We camped at the Ferry Swells Campground.
Fly fishing nets empty, we only made it a few miles downstream before we pulled over to camp at Ferry Swells Campground. It was the middle of the day already and we didn’t want to risk campgrounds downstream being full and forcing us to backtrack!
We pulled our kayaks out of the water and setup near a fire ring in the campground. We spent the rest of the daylight hours exploring up, down, and around the canyon cliffs. When the sun set, we headed back down to start a campfire and have dinner.
The next morning, we got going early and made our first stop at Petroglyph Beach. These petroglyphs are believed to be thousands of years old though no one really knows. It was a cool stop, but we were soon back in our kayaks and paddling onward.
Fly fishing success.
We had roughly 10 miles to go the second day, so we picked up our pace from the day before. It didn’t keep me from fly fishing, though. I actually caught two of my largest fish yet! Both were native rainbow trout, so we released them back into the water.
Hiked to Waterhole Canyon.
We made it to Waterhole Canyon with enough time to hike. From the river, it was about a mile or so walk up to the climbing wall. It’s difficult to go all the way through the canyon without ropes, but it was still extremely cool to see as far up as we did and it was a nice walk on solid ground.
See more from Waterhole Canyon in this video below!
I flipped my kayak and we had to stop...
When we got within three miles of the boat ramp, we were caught in a flash wind storm. I couldn’t handle it, and my kayak flipped over into the freezing cold water.
The ending may not have been ideal, because I was cold and wet, but it didn’t remove a moment of the enjoyment. Even when wet, the views inside the canyon were still unbelievable. We made it out of the canyon safe and sound and right on time to return our kayak rentals! It was an indescribable weekend overall, and we can understand why our friends take this trip year after year!
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