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Colorado River Trek April 1-5

posted May 26, 2013, 2:43 PM by Troop 777 Historian   [ updated May 26, 2013, 5:09 PM ]
    I talked to Steven B. recently about the famous Colorado River Trek this past April, which he went on. It was a 5 day, 54 mile canoe trip down the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Steven says it's his favorite trek. However, there are prerequisites for such an awesome trip. Scouts must complete the Canoeing Merit Badge and have gone on the Salty Rat canoe trek at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. 
    The Colorado River Trek began with a long day of driving on Monday, followed by being picked up by the canoe outrigger and canoeing 12 miles to the campsite on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Scouts loaded their gear back into the canoes and traveled 13 miles down to the campsite they stayed at on Monday night. Thursday, Steven's favorite day of his favorite trek, was very eventful. The crew canoed through Topack Gorge, a huge canyon that the Colorado River flows through. Steven says that while the scouts were in the gorge, they had to canoe through reeds and face nearly 25 mph winds. The scouts also saw 2-3 foot long fish that were about a foot in diameter. Friday was a fairly easy day, the scouts canoed 4 miles to the London Bridge, had some ice cream, then headed home. Steven says that he has been on this trek every year and it's a great trip for scouts of all ages.  
    -Jeff M. Troop HIstorian