But why do people rarely, if ever, complain about the heat? Well first because its a dry heat unlike most other states in the U.S. Secondly, the water stays around 50-55 degrees year round keeping the air around it just a little cooler. But mostly it has to do with what's happening all around you; The white water, the guides, the new friends, the walls and the hikes all contribute to keeping your mind off the heat. Once you start to see and enjoy the elements around you, a mild discomfort is not going to ruin your mood. All that being said here are a few ways to keep cool on the Colorado River.
1. Bandana, hat and light long-sleeve shirt. All three of these items are vital in keeping your body cool. Use water to wet down your hat and/or bandana and cool your head and neck. You'll also want to keep some sun off of your arms.
2. Jump right in! Get in the water. It'll be cold at first, but I can promise you it will feel amazing and wake up your whole body.
3. Sit up front. On a hot day theres nothing better than the thrill of crashing into a white water wave and the rush of cold water. There is no better spot on the boat than the front if you want to really get hit. Plus, you'll get little splashes and sprays throughout the day.
4. Side Hikes! Many, if not most of the hikes in the Grand Canyon have some sort of water feature to them. If you are feeling a little drowsy from the sun, get your blood pumping by hiking up to a water fall or side river and dunk your head, or heck, your whole body in!
5. Pre-Hydrate so you don't have to Re-Hydrate! You may not feel like drinking water sometimes, but you should drink it anyway. Keep your body from overheating by keeping the water flowing and filling up that eternal reservoir. There's debate on whether you should drink warm or cold water, but ultimately what's most important is that your body is hydrated and happy. Remember, one of the first signs of dehydration is grumpiness. So, if you feel like everyone is being annoying (maybe they are), drink some of that heavenly life giving H20!
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