Thanks for the reply- I guess I'll skip the barrel. I emailed one of the company's that makes those and they said although not bear-proof, they have never heard of any bear taking out of theirs. I'll play on the safe side and get a bear canister or bag. (I was just reading about bear activity at May Flats on RH.) The desert topography doesn't really have trees to hang the bags from so I was looking for another (larger) option. My search shall continue.Yep you gotta pack for everyone and pack everything they need lol. We have two waterproof thermorest looking dog bed deals. Think they where a Costco deal? They just get straped on top of stuff and dogs ride there then go on ground at camps. I did buy a few collapsible dog bowls for food and water and their foods in a big kittie litter style jug thing. Only thing that helps is leaving stuff behind lol and going light on clothes and "stuff". My little one has a giant art box that allways makes me go "huh" but she's a crafter doodler and so it goes lol. I feel ya it's a big job . So you just gotta get a head start and get up in the dark and get er done so your a hero! Canoe barrel has been deemed the "snack barrel" works good but definitely wouldn't stand a chance against bears. Like I said iam new and each time it gets easier. Now all the gear lives in the garage in "units" . I bet I could get ready in two days of after work for a big trip short of food. We even talk about deep freezing meals in spring so we can just load up and go short notice. Seems like the only permits are cancellation ones so better get good at short notice!! Keep on keeping on and she'll be right eventually and someday you'll be taking two boats lol!
Also kudos to you and bringing your little one's art box!! One day she'll look back fondly and really appreciate the extra effort you made in ensuring her happiness! Maybe not next trip, especially not when she's a teen, but hopefully somewhere down the road! And, maybe you'll find a frame or some tape for those beautiful drawings and keep everyone reminded of the great times spent on the river!
As for the pups, the thermorest sounds like a nice option! Since we hang out in the SW desert most frequently, I got two raised cots online so the breeze can blow up through the bottom for my fur balls.
One newbie to the next- Safe travels on your future adventures!