A rafting trip down the Colorado river is an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity. The waiting list used to take 20 years for a slot to come up, but in 2006 the National Park Service changed the rules to a lottery system. Slots are assigned a year in advance, and the odds of landing one in prime high season are 680 – 1 against. The expectation is that it will still take 20 years. This is a biggie on my “Things to do before I die” list, and considering the wait, better get a move on.
Small groups of 8 or less are permitted down the river in what’s classified as a non-commercial nature. That means the group has to plan out the trip and make all the arrangements themselves. I’m assembling a group of adventurous folks who want to maximize their two weeks.
Anybody who wants to go should be aware of, and prepared for/to:
Strenuous daily exercise.
Extended wilderness camping.
Not insignificant food/equipment/travel expenses (figure about $1200).
A consciousness expanding experience.
Odds are, we won’t win the lottery this time around, but if we do, there will be absolutely NO backing out or canceling. Landing a spot is tougher then getting a membership at the Soho house, or a reservation with Ducasse so this is only for those who will definitely be able to attend. If a spot comes up, you must be able to drop everything and go. It’s over a year out. Tell your employers now.
I’ve requested the following (2012) dates:
Sunday, July 1 – Sunday, July 15
Saturday, August 4 – Saturday, August 18
Sunday, May 20 – Sunday, June 3
Sunday, August 26 – Sunday, September 9
Saturday, April 28 – Saturday. May 12
Lottery entries are accepted the first three weeks of February only. Had I known about this sooner, I would have gotten the ball rolling sooner. If anybody knows fuurshuur that they’re definitely in, I encourage you to go and submit an application (thus doubling our chances) at this link here:
Go NOW! Lottery closes February 23 at noon. That’s tomorrow.
**If you know anybody else who might be interested, pass it on.
Roundtrip airfare from NYC is running $3-400 to Vegas.