It’s on !!! The 2011 Green River Friendship Cruise is going happen again. Mark your calendars for 27-30 May (Memorial Day weekend.
Sorry it has taken this long to get to you with this year’s Cruise announcement but we had a major concern that might have caused the cruise to get cancelled. Last fall the road to Mineral got washed out and there was a possibility that it would not get fixed by Memorial day of this year. If that would have happened, we would not have been able to get the fuel truck to Mineral bottom and consequently most boats which are unable to carry enough fuel for the whole trip would not have been able to go. Another problem the washed out road would have created is that Mineral is one of our emergency takeout points. It is too far to tow boats clear around to Moab and not much better to take them all the way back to Green River. Without Mineral Bottom we just didn’t think we could pull it off. Anyway, The road is fixed and THE CRUISE IS ON!
Last I looked, the snow pack was running at about 120% of normal. That means if the weather stays normal, we will have plenty of water coming down both rivers. The snow graphs are showing this is about comparable to 2008 which was a super year. The website will be updated soon but even though it still has last year’s dates on it for now, all the basic information is still the same. Go to www.ecso.com/friendship/index.html for the webpage.
We need help from all you cruisers to get the word out to all your boating friends to come and join us. As we said last year, the numbers are dwindling and if we don’t get enough boats to break even on costs, we will lose one of the greatest motorboat river trips in this country. Last year, we had too few boats to break even. There were 27 Boats that made the trip in 2010. The cruise is non-profit so no one is makes anything on the cruise. It is put on by some dedicated people that just want to keep a tradition that first started in 1957 going. Just for fun and to show you how things have changed on the number of boats , here is a quote from the 1966 Friendship Cruise announcement talking about the 1965 Cruise: “11 States were represented in over 600 boats. 302 boats were “First Timers”. We find more and more boats are spending two nights on the river. 60 percent of the boats were registered by midnight Friday in 1965. —-There were 131 people from Green River and Moab who spent some time and effort in 1965 on a volunteer basis to make the cruise pleasant for all. The Directors of this non-profit organization also serve without pay.” Kinda fun to see what used to happen. Bottom line- We are not sure if we want 600 boats but a couple of hundred would be fantastic. You have four assignments in keeping the tradition alive.
- Assignment 1 – Make sure you schedule yourself to come on the cruise.
- Assignment 2 – Round up all your boating friends to go come also. It makes it really neat to share the scenery and outdoors with friends. And drifting all lashed up is a blast. One year, I counted 6 Boats all lashed and they were having a really great time.
- Assignment 3 — Print our Cruise Announcement page (when it gets updated) , take it your local boating store and ask if they will post it on their window or bulletin board.
- Assignment 4 – Send me the name, address and phone number of the boating store/s in your area so we can send them flyers and brochures in the future. That should be easy enough.
We are working on some other pretty exciting things that will bring some vitality to the Cruise and bring it more into today’s high tech information world. We are in the middle of developing a new website but may not have it up in time for this year. Linked to that will be Facebook where you will be able to upload your picture and share some of you experiences, highlights, points of interest and ideas. We will also link to other sites that may of interest and has a direct relation to the cruise such as the Canyon Lands, John Wesley Powell Museum, Ham Operators that support us etc, etc. Pre registration is also right around the corner and may be up in the really near future. Those are just a few things coming down the pike and as always, your ideas are welcome.
Well, that’s about it for this first communication.
Thanks for your support and it’s always fun to hear from you.