After the Grand Canyon rafting season ends it is time to start preparing for next April. One of the projects that we undertake is the maintenance on our side tubes. This entails fixing any problems and painting the tubes. We do this work In Fredonia, AZ aka the “Center of the Universe.”
The Side Tubes for Grand Canyon Rafting
The first step is to take the tubes out of the warehouse and inflate them outside of our building. Once the tubes are inflated we check to see if any of the tubes are leaking air or need rubber work. Then we fix any and all problems by sanding and glueing patches back onto the tubes. It is amazing how well these tubes hold up. They are built incredibly well. Most of our sidetubes were built by the Uniroyal Tire company. The biggest problem this year seemed to be the grommet patch on the front of the nose of the tube that we lace to our raft and use as a step for our whitewater rafting guests. Some of the grommets had been pulled out by the incredible force that is placed on these grommets as large waves hit and try to separate the sidetube from the raft.
After the patching and glueing was done it was time to start sanding the old loose paint off of the tubes. This is a time consuming task but sometimes it is nice to do a project that you don’t have to think about too much and can just let your mind wander. Once the tubes are sanded down we have to mask them so we don’t get paint on the places we don’t want. Then it is time for the painting. This is the best part of the project.
Painting the side tubes goes quickly and it is great to see how good the tubes look.
Rafting Social Media
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions is closing in on our 600th Facebook “like”. Our fan base is composed of past guests, guides, friends, and future river runners. If you have not joined our facebook rafting community and would like to follow this link www.facebook.com/GrandCanyonRafting. Or visit our Colorado River & Trail Expeditions website and follow our links.
“Google +1″ Colorado River & Trail Expeditions
Google +1 Rafting with CRATE
Recently Google has added the “+1″ button to searches and websites. To use this feature you must have a Google account and be logged in. Then when you click on a “+1″ button you are saying to friends, contacts, and the rest of the world “you should check this out” or “this is awesome.” One way to think of the +1 button is like a sticky note someone leaves for you at home that tells you about a great product or company. The Google “+1″ button gives your stamp of approval!
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has recently added a “+1″ button to our website and we are asking anyone who has had a great experience with us on the river to click on the button and recommend us to the rest of the world. Our Google “+1″ button is located on the left hand side of our homepage below Alaska Rafting and above our Facebook link. Colorado River & Trail Expeditions is celebrating 40 years(1971-2011) of Grand Canyon Rafting, Utah River Trips, and Alaska Wilderness Vacations.
Grand Canyon Rafting App
One of our guests on our April 2011 Grand Canyon Rafting trip has built an app for ipad and iphone available at the itunes store. Larry Ketchersid’s company “Josara” has built the app around a hike-in/helicopter-out Grand Canyon Rafting trip he took with Colorado River & Trail Expeditions this past April. Larry was part of a group of 14 friends who had always wanted to hike into the Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch and then helicopter out at Whitmore Wash. The trip was 5 days in length and included some awesome hikes, funny stories, and a great group dynamic. A similar trip is availabe April 16-20, 2012.
The App is called “Cecil does the Grand Canyon with a pop-tart” and is available in the itunes store. The app includes a map of the Grand Canyon, a good story, and some awesome photos and multimedia. Check out the app to get you through the winter and then come experience the thrill in 2012.