We had 13 miles to kayak, and the river gets very full of tubers during the summer. So we wanted to get an early start. We were on the road by 5:15 am, and on the river by 7:30!
This trip made Ryan & I seriously consider buying kayaks. We had so much fun! I'm going to let the pictures do the talking....
We saw a variety of landscapes along the way. We started @ Saguaro Lake Ranch - which historically was the ranch that housed the workers who made the dams on the Salt River to create the various lakes near Phoenix. They provided the kayaks, and picked you up when you finished to bring you back to your vehicle.
Here I am getting the feel for my kayak & becoming "one with the water". I wouldn't say this was "rapids" - but there were some very high current areas that took a certain amount of skill! It was pretty fun!
An obligatory "selfie"
How surreal is it to be on a river, with saguaro cacti along the bank?!
Best part of this trip? Wild horses along the entire way! And since it was so quiet out, they walked right up to you! (they wouldn't let me pet them, though)
I tried to see how close I could get, and they let me right in the middle of their pack. This was the pack of males. We noticed the males and females stood on opposite sides of the river!
These were the females! I was in awe of the beauty of this. It's like they're hugging! I wonder if they are sisters?
Kayaking 13 miles was hard work on the arms, but it was so relaxing! This photo sums up how we were feeling! I am also SO GLAD we wore our keen water shoes!
We got back to our car by 1 pm, and were ravenous. So we drove into Mesa, AZ (which was about 15 minutes away) and went to Red, White, & Brew to satiate ourselves with a Pesto-Artichoke Pizza and a cold IPA! Ryan's eyes were bigger than his stomach, and he ordered the 20'' pizza. Needless to say, we have a lot of leftovers. Beer and good pizza tasted amazing after a day on the river!