Holiday River Expeditions - Canyon Currents Newsletter
What's in this newsletter Summer 2017
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See the Eclipse on the Main Salmon

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NEW: Baja Trips

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Fall Mountain Biking

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Naturalists Corner: Peregrine Falcon

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Last Minute Deals

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Guide's Corner, Meet Misty Partlow Johnson

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Herm's History Helper

 
 
 

See the Eclipse on the Main Salmon

Join us for the August 17th-22nd Main Salmon River Trip for a special treat. For the first time in years, we will experience a 98% obscuration eclipse of the sun. This near total eclipse should begin at around 10:12 (MST) max-out at around 11:30 and continue through till around 12:50PM. This unique event will be witnessed by millions of people across the western hemisphere, not to mention many non-human species as well! The Umbral Cone or shadow will hit earth somewhere in the mid-pacific and begin its race across the planet, breaking the sound barrier with its speed. This trip runs close enough to that Umbral-shadow so folks will have a front-row seat to a once-in-a-lifetime show! We will of course be providing fashionable eclipse glasses to protect everyone's eyesight from the event.
10 Seats left!
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NEW: Baja Trips

Get warm next winter on an active trip to Mexico! Partnering with our friends at Mar Y Aventuras, we offer Baja sea kayaking excursions to remote islands and beaches of Mexico. Explore the National Parks along the Sea of Cortez near La Paz and Loreto, or get close to wildlife on a whale watching trip in Magdalena Bay, in Southern Baja California. Check out the new offerings for fall and winter adventures!

Best of Baja

9-days of Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including the friendly sea lions), whale watching, hiking and fishing. Jan, Feb & Mar $1395 ea

From Sea to Sierra

8-days of Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including whale sharks and sea lions), hiking, fishing, turtle release, birding, cheese and wine tasting.
Dec, Jan, Feb $1195 ea

Island Kayaking & Marine Wildlife

8-days of Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including friendly sea lions and whale sharks), hiking, fishing and turtle release. Oct, Nov, Mar & Apr $1195 ea

Island Hopping

9-days of Kayaking, snorkeling (including friendly sea lions), hiking, fishing, visiting local fishing villages, whale watching (spring trips only). Mar, Apr, Oct & Nov $1495 ea

Baja Coast & Islands

9-days of Kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, fishing, visiting local fishing villages, possible whale sightings on spring trips. Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr & May $1495 ea

Whale Watching & Kayaking

9-days of Whale watching, kayaking in mangrove estuaries, bird watching, hiking, farm to table cuisine, artisan cheese and wine tasting. Jan, Feb, March $1495 ea

 

Fall Mountain Biking

Anyone who has visited the desert in the fall knows what a magical time it is! There is a golden glow in the sky. Perfect daytime temps make the riding delightful and the cool nights and mornings are perfect for camping. We had a stellar Spring bike season this year and the fun is about to start all over again! We have many opportunities to get you out on the trail.

White Rim Trail Sept 2,9,16,27,30 Oct 4,11,14

The Maze Sept 19-22 or Oct 7-10

San Rafael Swell - Scheduled upon request w/8 or more.

Call Karen, Natalie or Lauren in our Salt Lake City office 800-624-6323 to claim your spot!

Naturalists Corner: Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine is a compact, fast flying bird with long pointed wings that can be spotted along open wetlands near cliffs. When we think of Peregrines, we think of speed, they are well adapted to complex airborne maneuvers to chase and catch prey. They will grab birds (ranging in size from songbirds to geese) in flight or stun a bird at the bottom of a vertical drop and swoop in and catch it as it falls. Grand Canyon Peregrines will go after bats during the twilight hours, and young birds practice for hours soaring above the ground and hunting dragonflies.

Peregrines do not build their own nests. They will find protected holes high on cliffs or will use other birds' abandoned stick nests. If you are a city dweller, you may have heard of them nesting on a ledge of a downtown office building. But if you go on a Holiday River trip, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these stunning birds in their natural habitat along the waterways of the west.

This species suffered steep population declines worldwide in the middle of the last century due to utility pole electrocution, shooting, habitat loss, and widespread pesticide use that led to worldwide local extinctions. The Peregrine's beauty and popularity with falconers saved it from complete extinction. Lucky for us, its name was removed from the U. S. Endangered Species List in 1999 due to private conservation efforts and captive breeding programs.

 

Last Minute Deals

Summer is in full swing and we are running trips weekly from 2 to 6 days in length. Sometimes we have empty seats in rafts that are listed on our Last Minute Seats page of the website. If you are looking for a last minute get-a-way or need to go for that week long vacation that wasn't already planned we can probably make it happen. It's prime time for Westwater Canyon, Lodore Canyon, Main Salmon and Cataract Canyon. Go ahead, click on the link and see what might work for YOU! It's river time! .

Guide's Corner, Meet Misty Partlow Johnson

What is your favorite river camp site? Groundhog on the Main Salmon

What is your favorite rapid? Elkhorn, also on the Main Salmon!

What is your favorite river game? Hippo (you have to go to know!)

What is something you try to do on each trip you run? Watch the water go by & find new beauty in everyday.

Do you have a pre trip or post trip ritual? Make sure all my honey-do's are done & kids have everything they need for the week I will be on the river.

What is your favorite river outfit? Dresses & long sleeve shirts.

What do you do in the winter? Cattle Feedlot & Ski patrol on our small local hill with my teen kids.

Who is your favorite river guide or river character? Buckskin Bill- I love stopping at his museum on our river trips!.

How did you become a river guide? Right out of high school, 1996, I was offered a horseback guide position & they owned a rafting company as well. I got licensed to guide on the Salmon River.

 

Herm's History Helper

The white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) is found in and around Dinosaur National Monument and is part of a very complex community that includes at least 136 other species, including endangered black-footed ferrets, badgers, burrowing owls, rattle snakes, sage & sharptail grouse, hawks and golden eagles. After a storm, prairie dogs may be seen drinking water along highway depressions but their water requirements are primarily met from food consumed and from the retention of metabolic water. After more than 25 years of studying the calls of prairie dog in the field, one researcher managed to decode just what these animals are saying. And the results show that prairie dogs aren't only extremely effective communicators, they also pay close attention to detail. According to Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, who turned his vocalization analysis on the Gunnison's prairie dog of Arizona and New Mexico, the chirps these animals use as 'alert calls' are actually word-like packages of information to share with the rest of the colony. Amazingly, these unique sounds were found to both identify specific threats by species, such as hawks and coyotes, and to point out descriptive information about their appearance. And, when they're talking about humans, that might not always be flattering. "For example, a human alarm call not only contains information about the intruder being a human, but also contains information about the size, shape (thin or fat), and color of clothes the human is wearing," says Dr. Slobodchikoff. "When we do an experiment where the same person walks out into a prairie dog colony wearing different colored t-shirts at different times, the prairie dogs will have alarm calls that contain the same description of the person's size and shape, but will vary in their description of the color."

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