Yes. Just a bit upriver from the Allison Woods boat launch.catchafew wrote:Yeah I heard Mo and Phyllis McGuire enjoyed going on those Gondola rides. Was that place near the Chicago Hilton hotel off of Winklemen rd? Nice find.
catchafew wrote:Yeah I heard Mo and Phyllis McGuire enjoyed going on those Gondola rides. Was that place near the Chicago Hilton hotel off of Winklemen rd? Nice find.
joetrain wrote:Waiting for Rambler to chime in about the time he took a raft down the Colorado river.
Some. All I ever read about in the past was that Rat Pack visit. I vaguely remember the old entrance/checkpoint. From what I understand they had shuttle bus that would haul the folks to another place nearby that had gaming tables.Aux Pleins wrote:Great post. Did you snowball down the history of the villa Venice and all the gangsters and stars it hosted?
Rambler wrote:When we were kids back in the 60s my best friend & I canoed the DPR several times & would paddle past Villa Venice. The gondolas were tied up there & we always thought it would be a cool prank to cut the ropes. One time we stopped to look the situation over & a big, meaty-looking guy on the steps told us to get moving. Didn't know until years later the place was a mob hangout.
cyanatic wrote:I don't know what happened but there must have been a huge flood at some point over the years. The campground was now buried and at the bottom of a steep and inaccessible canyon that the river had carved out. What had been a broad and gentle stretch of the river was now a much narrower torrent roaring past. The only thing left of the campground was the very top of the concrete blockhouse of the bathrooms they had there. Buried to the roof in sand and silt. Very disappointing because it had really been a nice campground and a great place to fish.
Rambler wrote:Steve - I think the flood you're referring to was the "Fools Flood" of 1983. For some reason the people who run Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado at Page, AZ tried to add to the depth of Lake Powell by increasing the height of the dam with sheets of plywood. I believe Edward Abbey wrote about it in one of his books but can't remember which one - sorry.
There was record snow runoff from the Rockies that year & the plywood gave way causing a torrent to fly down the river. I could be wrong but it seems to me some backpackers in the Grand Canyon drowned. Anyway, it was a complete catastrophe - lots of damage to all sorts of stuff downstream.
On the other hand, the Colorado used to flow into the Gulf of Cortez. The delta was a magical jungle where jaguars roamed. Once Lake Mead & Lake Powell were created & the water siphoned off to Phoenix & L.A. the river dried up & no longer makes it all the way to the sea. Aldo Leopold visited the delta back in the 20s or 30s & wrote about it - I think in A sand County Almanac - but again, not sure if that's where it's mentioned. I think there are efforts now to try to bring the delta back.
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