Hi all, I'm planning a rafting trip of the Grand Canyon for myself and a couple of friends who are all turning 50 next year. I have been through numerous websites and feel a little overwhelmed with choices and questions, so I hope you'll bear with me.
A little background: We're experienced flat water kayakers, with a little bit of white water experience. We're looking for a trip where we can do some of the work, rather than letting the guides or a motor do all the pulling. We don't have unlimited resources (who does) but we're not on a tiny budget/time table either.
1. Outfitters. There are lots of them. They seem pretty much the same. Is it a good idea to use a service like Advantage Grand Canyon?
2. Time of Year. Is there a time of year when the rapids are the biggest? When the weather is best? When there are smaller crowds? When prices are cheaper? What's better, May, July, or September?
I'm sure I'll have more questions later. Thanks in advance.