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Monday, October 5, 2009

140th Anniversary of Grand Canyon River Adventure

Flagstaff, AZ -- On the 140th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 pioneering journey down the Green and Colorado rivers, researchers are still  discovering more about his life. So said river historian Richard Quartaroli in his seminar "John Wesley Powell: The Man, the Myth, the Mystery" last night at the Riordan Mansion State Park. Quartaroli has been researching the adventurer and explorer for years.

Powell, the one-armed Civil War veteran shoved off into "The Great Unknown" with an incomplete map in hand. One of the purposes of his 1879 Grand Canyon River adventure was to map parts of the river and its canyon systems. "Powell was trying to fill-in the blank spots on the map," said Quartaroli of Northern Arizona (NAU)'s Cline Library Special Collections. Quartaroli showed examples of the incomplete map that Powell was using on his expedition.

Today, adventure gals can retrace part of Powell's route through the white water of the mesmerizing Grand Canyon. Canyoneers, a Flagstaff, Arizona based river company will guide you along the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry through the Grand Canyon National Park. Canyoneer's knowledgeable guides bring to life Powell's adventure through story telling and maps - more accurate than Powell's, we'd say! Go to or call 928-526-0924 for information on canyon adventure travel. 

Adventure travel tips: Now is a good time to choose your trip for 2010 before trips fill up. You now have a better choice of dates, length of trip and type of adventure: oar, motorized or dorry.
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