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Mon., June 20, 2011, 9:03 a.m.

Spokane rafters off the Grand Canyon trip of a lifetime

A group of Spokane rafters relaxes in the calm between major rapids during their June 2011 float down the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River.  (Penny Stauffer Schwyn)
A group of Spokane rafters relaxes in the calm between major rapids during their June 2011 float down the Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River. (Penny Stauffer Schwyn)

RIVER RUNNING -- We're just getting the first reports from a Spokane group that bagged their Grand Canyon rafter permit after 15 years on the waiting list.   Sounds like it was a great reward for years of anticipation.

"Off the river and all is well!" reports Penny Stauffer Schwyn, known to Spokane outdoors enthusiasts for her Specialty Outdoors gear repair business.

"Temps did exceed 115 at times," she said. "Great runs through Crystal, Hermit, and Lava."

Great runs and no carnage through the biggies is whopper good news.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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