The Colorado River – Grand Canyon Rafting Trip
This trip for hubby’s birthday was BEYOND expectations! I mean, really, how does a high maintenance girl like me spend 4 days and 3 nights without any electricity, running water (well I guess those rapids on the Colorado could be considered running), potty, shower, mirror, and heaven forbid cell phone or internet access??? What was I thinking when I said, “sure honey, I’d LOVE to take this trip of a lifetime with you for your birthday?” I’ll tell you what I was thinking… I was thinking, “this martini tastes pretty good!”
So we sign up for our little adventure and off we go, just like to summer camp, “2 pair quick dry shorts, 1 long sleeve fleece top, 1 pair socks, sturdy water sandals, hat, sunscreen… you get the picture.
First up is to arrive at a small airport on the outskirts of Las Vegas. After each person is weighed, separate from their expertly packed duffel bag, we are assigned a seat so that the weight is equally distributed on our little cigar plane… wouldn’t want this baby flying sideways.
Our first night’s accommodations.
The next morning after a hearty cowboy breakfast prepared by the fine folks at Bar 10, we were again, weighed, measured and grouped for our next transport. I can’t begin to describe the exhilaration of getting into a helicopter that literally comes to your doorstep and then leaps off the mountaintop as you make your way down through the cabin landing on the banks of the Colorado River.
So we meet on the banks of the river for our next debriefing… distribution of our day dry bags, night dry bags, sleeping bags and an introduction to the guides that will be responsible for keeping us alive for the next several days, both on the water and off. Our existence is literally in their hands… from picking a campsite, to cooking our meals, to helping locate a missing camper the first morning (SCARY), to treating those suffering from dehydration and hyponatremia (the opposite of dehydration). Luckily, dear hubby and I were spared of any maladies.
Second night accomodations:
And one of the most invigorating showers ever…
There are just soooo many great pics, but none can show what it was really like to experience a trip like this first hand. Here is the group we shared this wonderful adventure with on our last day
Just a few of those memories…