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I am taking my two boys (10 and 12) with me to Big Bend in the spring. I have a two-man inflatable kayak that I'll be bringing along as well. My boys are pretty narrow and lightweight (70 and 88 pounds respectively), so I am confident that the three of our can fit into the inflatable kayak comfortably. (Plus, I've done it before.) I have a second kayak, but without having done this trip, I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with them trying to go it alone, potentially out of my reach if there is trouble. What I am curious to discover are the best options for boomerang trips in the park. I am already planning on a boomerang trip up the Santa Elena and a float back when I get tired of paddling or get tired of boys squabbling (whichever comes first.) They will be paddling also, but one of us will be doing the brunt of the work! I'll probably shoot to get the hiking trailhead early and carry the kayak in. Longer carry, but shorter paddle with fewer areas to circumvent in the river. With my crew, these need to be sampling trips - not the longer trips that involve shuttles, camping or days on the water. That will have to come later. I have read a bit about the possibility of a trip up from the Rio Grande Village campsite, possibly to the Hot Springs area. I would love to do a bit of dabbling in Boquillas, but I only want to boomerang, so I can turn around and head back if there is any sign of trouble or danger.Do y'all know of any other interesting boomerang trips in the park or the surrounding area?
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