The V Wave 
stay connected to the river 
 December 2016 - Volume 10 Issue 2
Photo By Dave Edwards
Season's Greetings!

The V Wave (named after the legendary wave in Lava Falls rapid) keeps you connected with AzRA Grand Canyon, the river community, and the Canyon. If you have trouble viewing this email, please follow the link at the top of this message to view a web version.  

This winter edition features an article about Save the Confluence, information about making a reservation for our 2018 season, the winners of our Fifth Annual Photo Contest, Guide Portfolio, and Pasta with Shrimp and Artichokes recipe.

Also, don't forget the links at the bottom of the newsletter. These Grand Canyon related sites were chosen just for you!

Save the Confluence

The Grand Canyon Escalade is a proposal by a Scottsdale based firm called, Confluence Partners LLC.  They are proposing to build a $1 billion resort that would include a hotel, restaurant, museum, parking lot, sewer treatment plant, and a Gondola Tram on 420 acres that will overlook the Little Colorado River and Colorado rivers.  The resort would extend from the Eastern rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  A 27 mile stretch of road would need to be paved to the resort and they are seeking a $65 million loan from the Navajo Nation to complete the project.
This proposal has received a lot of attention especially by the original residents that live on the Navajo Reservation near the Confluence.  These residents have several reasons for opposing the Grand Canyon Escalade.  Please watch the short video, "The Confluence" by Courtney Blackmer-Raynolds:  https://vimeo.com/184970801  .  This video is from the perspective of the residents that live near the confluence. 
This proposal requires approval from the Navajo Nation Council because the proposed project is on the Navajo Reservation.  The first vote regarding the Grand Canyon Escalade went to the Navajo Nation Law and Order Committee and they unanimously turned it down.  It will next go to the Navajo Nation Resources and Development Committee.  Ultimately, going to the Navajo Nation Council for a vote.    
Please visit Save the Confluence for up to date information:  http://savetheconfluence.com/  or like us on Facebook for updates.  



Now Booking 2018

We are accepting reservations for the 2018 season! Click here to view a schedule of our dates and prices. To secure a reservation, give us a call and our experienced and friendly reservationists will be happy to give you a list of available trips in your timeframe.
There is still space available on select trips in 2017, but they are filling quickly, so don't delay! If the trip you want is currently booked, you can join the waitlist and we will contact you if space opens up.  Keep in mind our offices will be closed from December 12, 2016 to January 2, 2017.  Our office will open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
 
Wes Timmerman

Want to go Grand Canyon rafting again but would like a trip with a more specific focus? Consider one of these specialty trips:
Music Fest   
Kayaking Trip with Small World Adventures

( Please note:   The Dory Adventure is only offered for the 2017 rafting season. However, for the 2018 season, we are offering a few rafting adventures with a dory boat added. For specific dates with dories, contact our office.
. Contact Current Adventures or Small World Adventures directly for further details about the kayaking trips and to make a reservation.)


Don't forget, Granite Adventure Club members and guests repeating a trip within three years receive a 10% discount! 

Grand Canyon Images
Contest Winners

Congratulations to our  

Grand Prize Winner
Kim Grandfield 

and our three
Runner-Up Winners 

Ronen Yaari,
Tom Coates, and Thomas Zierlinger
Guide Portfolio
Photo by Austin Bunton

Owen Ludwig completed his 4 th season with AzRA and was with Moki Mac River Expeditions before.  He was born in Portland, Maine and was raised in the mid-coast region.  He guides Motor, Classic and All Paddle trips, and currently his favorite rapid is Fossil at mile 125 ½, although not a technical or large rapid, he loves it because the Canyon in that area is so beautiful. 
His favorite hike is Thunder River but it changes all the time due to the flash flooding, which adds to the uniqueness of it. 
He plays many instruments in his free time and is up for requests but will not play, "Stairway to Heaven" or "Free Bird."  When he is not working for AzRA, Owen makes art and music.  In addition, he has the occasional carpentry jobs.  Otherwise, he fills his time with surfing and traveling as much as he can before the river season begins.  When asked about his hobbies  he replied, " Some people like to tell me that all my jobs are hobbies. That being said, I guess every time I travel, make art or music, build something, or enjoy the great outdoors and I don't make any money it qualifies as a hobby."
When Owen first started boating, he thought of the Grand Canyon as his own sacred place and didn't like the idea of going down there to work.    However, as time passed, he realized  he enjoys watching other people leave the rest of the world behind and experience that magic for the first time and listen to what the river says to them.  He loves helping facilitate this process. 
Owen's tip for future guests is, "If you enter that place with an open heart the river will fill it up!"

   
Pasta with Shrimp and Artichokes

(Serves about 5-6 people)
Ingredients: 

1 lb- Shrimp
½ cup- Butter
2 cloves- Garlic Minced
1- Diced Tomato
4 tbsp- Lemon Juice
½ cup- Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
½- Diced Yellow Onion
8 oz jar- Sundried Tomato
1.5 lb- Pasta, Linguini
12 oz jar- Marinated and Quartered Artichokes
6.5 oz can- Sliced Olives
5 oz- White Wine
5 oz- Shredded Parmesan Cheese



Directions:
In a pan, melt ¼ cup butter and add 1 clove of minced garlic.  Once the butter is melted, sauté the shrimp and then set aside when it is cooked.  In a pot, boil the pasta and in a separate large pot, you will cook ¼ cup butter with diced onions, 1 clove of minced garlic, and sliced mushrooms.  Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.  Next, you will stir in sliced olives, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, white wine, and lemon juice.  Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.  Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce.  Toss the sauce and pasta together.   Place the pasta on a plate and put diced tomatoes and shrimp on top.  Serve parmesan on the side or put it on the top of the shrimp and tomatoes.  


 
We would like to thank you for taking time to read our newsletter and for giving us river seasons full of wonderful memories. We hope you will choose to continue receiving this publication so we may stay connected. In fact, we appreciate input; if you have suggestions for future newsletters such as article topics, river stories, photos, poetry, or artwork to share, please email us.
 
See you downstream!   


(Arizona Raft Adventures, Grand Canyon Discovery and Grand Canyon Raft Adventures are concessionaires
under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service.)