New Announcements – Trips & Activities

Yuma Paddle & Renaissance Faire – Feb. 2-5, 2018

Arrive at Squaw Lake to camp by the water Friday afternoon (about a 4-hour drive from Tucson).  This is Car-Camping so we can be comfortable.  I will bring a sun-shade and side storage-tent to go over the picnic table.  There are flush toilets and showers (bring quarters) and, of course, raccoons.  Average Temp is 72 day and 52 nights. Fire rings on site so bring wood and chairs and I will bring popcorn and wine! Most people RV-camp in the parking lot so there is always a spot or few on the shore of the lake for we tent-people.  I bring a large pop-up for comfort.

Saturday, some of us will dress up and do the Yuma Renaissance Fair.  Others will paddle the local backwaters.

Sunday is paddling the backwaters around Imperial Dam. Return home Monday. 

This year there is a Full Moon on Wed, 31 January  (the Blue Moon from the song and saying) so Friday eve we can do a Moonlight Paddle through the Calif Backwaters.  We will also stop at Berryman’s to buy dates there and back! Maybe do some Geocaching.  I have maps to reach the location for any who are interested.

 More info, contact: Richard at:  RikJohnson39@gmail.com

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Sea of Cortez/Estero Tastiota, Sonora MX: Mar. 1-5, 2018

Time to visit the birds at this estuary on the Sea of Cortez located in Sonora, Mexico halfway between Kino Bay and San Carlos. We will drive down to Playa Colorado, car camp one night before paddling 6 miles north to the estuary. We will camp at the mouth of the estuary 3 nights, then return to the cars and drive home on day 5. At the estuary we will explore as we wish, and as the depth of water allows, with opportunities to watch/photograph the myriad species of avian wildlife here. Be prepared for warm days, cool evenings and wind at times. If we are lucky, we may witness another stellar bioluminescent display. There are of course opportunities to hike the shoreline and to climb some nearby peaks to get a better overview. Be sure to bring a bird book, binoculars, and camera with long lens. We will also pass by a sea lion colony on the way north from Playa Colorado. You should be an intermediate level sea kayaker for this trip, able to paddle in windy conditions with some wave action. All participants need a passport book or card and drivers need Mexico car insurance. For further info or to express interest. Contact John Maier at wolffsongg@gmail.com

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Laguna San Ignacio, Sierra San Francisco, and Sierra Gigantas, MX – March 18-31, 2018

Sorry, but no boating is planned for this adventure. Still we do plan to be on the water, to see gray whales at close range and very likely even touch them as has been my good fortune on over 50% of these trips. Laguna San Ignacio is located halfway down the Baja peninsula on the Pacific side. Gray whales make the journey here annually from the Bering Sea and further north. It is where the calves get their start on life before the long journey back north. And lucky for us, we often have touching encounters with these leviathans at this particular lagoon. We will go out in pangas with local experienced guides as boatmen.

Also at San Ignacio, the sleepy village where we depart from the transpeninsular highway to reach the lagoon, is the headquarters for trips into the back country to view “cave paintings” that date from the middle of the past millennium or earlier. Local guides are required for this adventure. We will plan to visit Cuevas Pinturas, a trip of 3 days and 2 nights. Although this is a camping trip, you may hire a burro to transport your gear and if desired a mule to ride. I have been here before and it is my favorite site to visit among many. The costs for burros, mules, and guides is extremely inexpensive. We’ll be in the Sierra San Francisco, north of San Ignacio.

Lastly on the planned agenda will be day hikes into the Sierra Giganta, palm studded canyons with waterfalls and crystal clear pools. This location is south of Loreto.  Granted, this is not a paddling trip, yet due to the particular objective of seeing whales close at hand, I expect it would be of interest to the paddling community. The other aspects of this trip have nothing to do with paddling but you will see crystal clear waters on each of them, including pools to swim in. Also, it would be possible to do parts of this trip without committing to the whole.

All participants must have a valid passport book or card and drivers must have Mexico car insurance. For further info or to indicate interest please contact John Maier at wolffsongg@gmail.com

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Seeking friends to share: A Sierra Club Rafting Trip in Dinosaur Nat. Monument,       July 30-Aug. 4, 2018

I’m looking for a few paddling friends to drive up with me to Vernal, UT to partake in a spectacular 6-day rafting trip down the Green River in Dinosaur Nat. Monument. This is a “bucket list” trip for any adventuresome paddler & canyoneer. Sierra Club leader, Mitch Stevens, has been roaming this country for years & is a well-experienced guide that I know from previous trips. Please check out the Sierra Club’s webpage that will describe the entire trip, its cost, itinerary, details & photos/video of last year’s trip through this enchanting canyon. Trip also includes some great hiking.

This trip will fill in the next couple weeks, so if you’re curious or interested, please check out & reserve this unique adventure at: https://content.sierraclub.org/outings/family-rafting-dinosaur-national-monument#trip=18216A
Contact me, Norma Miller, or 235-8927, if you’re reserving a spot at your earliest convenience. I’ve already reserved mine & would love to share this adventure. Thanks!

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Rio Grande River / Big Bend NP Feb 17 – 25, 2018

A reprise of last February’s trip, paddling Santa Elena Canyon (20mi / 2 days) and Boquillas Canyon (33mi / 3 days).
Sun/18 Feb meet up @ Maverick RV Park in Lajitas TX (630mi from Tucson). Set up self-shuttle.
Mon/19 launch for Santa Elena, paddle 10mi to canyon entrance, camp.
Tue/20 mandatory scout Rock Slide rapid (III). Take-out early afternoon. Camp @ Chisos Basin.
Wed/21 hiking options; camp @ Rio Grande Village, where we’ll leave vehicles for pay-shuttle.
Thur/22 – Sat/24 launch for Boquillas, hope to paddle 27miles / 2 days to set up short take-out day 3. 640mi back to Tucson.

Last trip we had good weather & water level, favorable headwinds. Recommend an IK, canoe or sit-on-top. There is food, water & gas available in & around the NP. I’ll arrange maps, permits (free), campsites and pay-shuttle. Expect share costs to be about $125pp.
If you are seriously interested, I urge you to read up ahead of time – good websites are Big Bend NP and Desert Paddler for practicalities, info, logistics etc. Meet-up / potluck the weekend before to coordinate ph #s, car-pooling, answer last-minute questions, etc.

contact Bob Schoen : robtaschoen@hotmail.com

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TG2

Southern AZ now has a much improved resource for paddle sports. Local business TG Watersports in Tucson is open at a new location for kayak sales & rentals. They offer a huge inventory of paddle sports equipment, parts & accessories. Located at 925 W Prince Rd. Tucson 85705, For questions phone: 520-349-1833 or Email: sales@tgwatersports.com.
Check out their Website at www.tgwatersports.com


SAPC is now an Affiliate Member of  the American Whitewater Organization for 2018. 

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“Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization (Non-profit # 23-7083760) with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.”  Please go to their webpage and read more of what AW is all about.

Affiliate membership means that all current SAPC members in good standing can access special features from AW site that only members can use.  These include but are not limited to their monthly journals and any pertinent news involving any of our regional waterways & rivers used by paddle sport advocates, recreationalists & conservationists like ourselves.  It’s an important resource available for our use.  SAPC members can log in with the assigned unique  member number which has been sent in a separate “SAPC E-Newsletter on Jan. 29, 2016.  Members may log in to add their own reports & photos from river trips or read the latest regional river flow reports & other subjects of interest.                                        …………………………………………………………………………………………………

The shirts come in men’s crew neck, short or long sleeve  and in short sleeve womens v-neck styles.  They’re decorated in front with Royce’s full color fine art for SAPC and are of a “Sport-Tek” design, a very cool & quick-dry fabric.  Caps are fully adjustable with our high contrasting unique SAPC logo ($10).  Merchandise is sold at the club picnic or at our meetings. They can also be mail-ordered.