Weve got quite a collection of events lined up
for this Fall in and around Moab. Here are a few details:
Thursday: Green River, Utah
Well meet at 1PM in the afternoon at the John Wesley Powell River
History Museum, at the east end of the bridge. If you havent been there yet, now is
the time. There are some great exhibits, including an old Galloway style boat, Don
Harris Mexican Hat and others. Green River historian Roy Webb will be there to
elaborate on what we see, tell stories and answer questions. Dont miss it.
About 3PM well go next door to Holiday River Expeditions
warehouse. Dee is hosting an open house and will have an informal presentation/question
and answer session on the new Wilderness First Responder courses.
Afterwards well head over to Rays Tavern and socialize, maybe
even have a burger and a beer.
Friday: Pack Creek Ranch
Ken and Jane Sleight have graciously offered to host our meetings at their
magnificent ranch. (Be sure to read the Pack Creek story on the next page.)
Well be setting up our cook tent about noon-ish and have set aside all
afternoon for brainstorming about the weekend, telling stories and visiting with old
friends. Ken has put out an A.P.B. on old time boatmen, so were expecting to see
quite a few faces from yesteryears rivers. After dinner well have stories, and
perhaps some movies or slides. Dont miss it.
Saturday: Pack Creek Ranch
About 9AM well begin our fall GCRG meeting. Weve got several
presentations to make, a lot of news to bring you up to date on, and a few topics to
discuss that we need your input on.
After lunch well begin formulating some sort of Upper Basin Guides
Association. We can base it as closely or as loosely on what GCRG has done as you all
like. What we really need here is a lot of energy and input. Hopefully by the end of the
afternoon therell be enough of a consensus to nominate a steering committee for
Sunday mornings meeting.
Dinner, Party, Old timers rendezvous part II, stories and some sort of show
will follow. Perhaps a bring-your-own-instrument concert/dance.
Sunday Morning: Pack Creek
About 9AM we are hypothesizing the first meeting of the new formed Upper
Basin Assn. But frankly, things will be out of GCRGs hands at that point. What
happens is entirely up to YOU. Well help out in any way we can.
After lunch, well break down our equipment, clean up any messes we may
have made, and move out.
In the afternoon, Canyonlands Field Institute will be putting on an
Endangered Fish Seminar at no charge. The location is uncertain right now- perhaps at
their offices in town.
Monday and Tuesday: the River
The plan is to have an overnight bring-your-own-boat float trip from Dewey
Bridge down to Moab. The tentative camp is at the incomparably beautiful Onion Creek
beach, where we can watch fall turning to winter on the LaSals, sunset on the Fisher
Towers, and continue our plotting and scheming. Do come.
Any questions? Contact Jimbo Buickerood at Outward Bound: (801) 259-6002
Canyonlands Field Institute will be holding a fund-raising outdoor gear
swap at the Moab community center all weekend. You get 80%, they get 20%. Call Sharyl
Kinnear-Ferris at (801) 259-7750 for details.
About Pack Creek
Ken and Jane Sleight run this former
working ranch as a guest ranch. Its right at the foot of the LaSal Mountains, has a
stream running through it and offers a fine vistas of the orange canyon cliffs in the
valley below. Paradise.
Ken, one of the elder statesmen of the river running community made the
mistake of offering to host this falls gathering and we took him up on it.
Heres the deal:
Well be using the grounds from mid-day Friday through mid-day Sunday,
at no charge. GCRG will be supplying meals based out of our cook tent. Donation$
graciously accepted. You get to help cook and clean up! Cool, huh?
For the typical boatmen on a tight budget, the best deal
would be to camp just up the road beyond the Forest Service picnic area on public land. No
Or you can mooch off your friends in Moab.
Local hotels will have economical off season rates.
For those whod like to stay on the premises, we have the ranch reserved
for Friday and Saturday nights. Here are the rates:
Bed in a cabin: $30/person/night
Camping on the premises: $15.50/person/night
(includes shower, jacuzzi, etc.)
Day use of spa facilities: $7/person/day
(bear in mind that its normally over $100 a night. Bear also in mind
that the cost of maintaining sewage and fresh water facilities is extreme)
Ken and Jane have extended the deadline for deposits, so send in a $20 check
if you want to stay on the premises. Note: The cabins are nearly full!
Since the GCRG folks will be boating til then, contact Leann at Pack
Creek: (801) 259-5505 or write: Box 1270, Moab, UT 84532
Welcome to Utah. Pack Creek comes under the restaurant
regulations. We have promised to be very careful about following them because we
dont want to get anyone into trouble. Here are the rules:
Bring your own. One can only drink spirits purchased in Utah. Neither Pack
Creek Ranch nor GCRG can sell or serve you any. Simple enough.
The Sleights are being most generous to let us come. PLEASE, one and all,
play by their rules and dont abuse their hospitality. Anyone that gets out of line
will have their heads pinched off by a committee of their peers.