Originally Posted by MNichols
Not exactly, you drive from Sand Wash to Swaseys, we always have at least 2 vehicles, take one of them to the airport, meet the plane and fly back to Sand Wash. Like I said the downside is the time it takes to drive from Sand wash to Swaseys.
Marshall, there are plus and minuses to every shuttle plan. Sorry to hear you've had bad luck with RR in the past. Some of the things I like about them is they don't drive the back way shortcut and they use older people like you and I to drive the cars around.
Back in the day, the High School use to use a school bus, so we had to drive around and fly back to the group. Now a days they have a mini bus that doesn't require a special license to drive, so we shuttle with RR's.
Flying shuttle is an experience that everyone should do at least once in their life during a Deso trip. It's such a special flight and really shows you how remote the canyons are. I loved the few I got to take during those years before all the drilling.
The minuses to running your own shuttle can really hinder a trip. One year the 40' long rubberized tarp for the top of the bus was left behind. We had to haul it down. Whatever someone forgot to get off the bus was gone for the whole trip. One year the weather was such that the plane didn't fly till the next day. The ranger still let the trip launch a day late, but we had to cut out a layover day due to the food pack. Another time the shuttle had problems and the bus had to be towed to Green river for repairs. They missed the flight the next morning and once again had to cut the trip short by a day.
The biggest plus of those bus shuttle trips was.........we parked at Mr. Hastings ranch and were his guest for the night. He would call someone he knew and the road would be freshly graded for us, all the way to sand wash. He'd cook us breakfast in the morning and take us to the airport in a Volkswagen "Thing". The stories he'd tell us about the area were priceless. RIP old friend.