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Help with family of 6 itinerary

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Offline Brent

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Re: Help with family of 6 itinerary
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2015, 10:57:51 AM »
Just called all three river outfitters. None are currently offering the one-day river trip into Santa Elena canyon due to low water levels. Of course, they said to call them the day prior to check availability. If water rises, then they will offer the trip. They did mention the boomerang trip, but it is a short 3 mile paddle upstream then a trip back downstream. I'm wondering if that is worth the $150 per person. One of the outfitters mentioned that if the water levels stay low, then we could hike along the bank of the river. So maybe we'll do that instead. Thanks!

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Offline dprather

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Re: Help with family of 6 itinerary
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2015, 11:01:32 PM »
Head's up about the Hot Springs.

My wife's preferred star-gazing spot in on the porch of the old hotel.

When you drive into the Hot Springs parking lot, the old hotel is above the parking area and up to the right. 

You'll have to scramble up to the old hotel's front porch - it's concrete and flat with plenty of room for your family.  You might plan to take some folding chairs if you intend to stay a while and gaze.

A cooler with your preferred beverages would also be nice.

The Hot Springs themselves are to the left of the parking area (as you drive in).  They are thermal springs.

Please note: there is to be nooooo drinking (alcohol) at the Springs.  The last time we were there, the rangers busted an open container person.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Brent

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Re: Help with family of 6 itinerary
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2015, 08:31:16 AM »
Thanks again everyone! Appreciate you!

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Help with family of 6 itinerary
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2015, 08:40:14 AM »
Hope you have a good trip! We'll be waiting for a report when you get back...

 


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