Rafting down the Colorado River
Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
6Trip End Jul 30, 2011
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We waited around while people mucked about in the store, obtaining wet shoes and shuffling about. While we were getting fitted for life jackets it was easy to spot the one man (attached to a family of one woman and three children) who was absolutely annoying. He chattered endlessly about nothing in particular, made lame jokes, and needed to interfere with most things. Finally it was time to get on our way and we suited up in life jackets and headed onto the bus. We took a scenic bus ride through the hills along the Colorado river and eventually found ourselves on a beach with a pile of boats. There was an unnecessarily extended explanation of the boats and of rafting in general and we listened patiently to every word of what would happen if aliens landed or if zombies attacked. Awesome. Let's get in the freakin' boats.
So now we are on our ways and the guide for our boat, Jason, decided that Luke and I should be in the front because we spoke English, and seemed competent, at the same time! At the same time. Go us. So we were joined in our boat by a lovely family of man and wife and two young sons. They were pleasant and talkative, not annoying in the least. Score!
So we set out into the river, coasting along at a decent clip. We hit a couple of waves but nothing terribly exciting happened before we pulled our boat onto another sandy bank to gather up to have lunch. I have to say that I wasn't expecting much when we were told that we would be receiving lunch on the trip but the spread that was set out for us was pretty alright. The crew took the emergency back board and set it up with multiple types of bread and tortillas, meats, cheeses, and every type of sandwich topping that you could think of including olives and jalapenos. Tasty. Super tasty. Add some potato salad, some cookies and fresh fruit... alright, you got a good meal on your hands.
After eating we all piled back into our boats and out onto the river. Soon after we hit waves, bouncing and jumbling through the tumultuous white peaks we paddled for our lives. Okay, not quite that exciting... but my pants got kinda wet, so that was fun. After that we reached an area of calm water and the father of the boys took turns dipping them down into the water of the river, which was amusing. Thankfully everyone on our boat was pleasant and amusing and I enjoyed their internal banter.
We hit a couple more waves through out the trip but honestly, none of it was terribly thrilling. We did have a bit of a splash fight in calm water with the other boats and that was entertaining for a moment, but soon we were back on the shore of the river and being loaded up into the bus. Another scenic ride along the balance of the river and we were back to the Canyon Voyage building and being debriefed on our adventure.
Back to the hotel. Shower. Change. Quick rest. Back out on the streets. Because that's the way I roll.
Luke and I decided that the best way to end this day would be with sushi. You heard me (well fine, I typed it) sushi. We read up on some reviews of the area and decided to go to a place called Sabaku Sushi to see if rural Utah had anything to offer us. Best damn sushi I have ever had in my entire life. No joke. We started out with some miso soup and it was full and rich, not watered down like the typical Japanese restaurant. Next we ordered the Red Rockin' Roll which was a salmon and tuna roll that was wrapped in cucumber instead of rice and seaweed. It was amazingly fresh and crunchy, a total departure from the typical sushi roll. Next we tucked into the Delicate Arch Roll which was a tuna, salmon, and crab topped with tobiko (flying fish roe) that was unbelievable. There was so much delicate red row that popped in your mouth as you ate it. It was beautiful, I wish I had brought my camera to dinner. Finally, with room for just a little bit more we finished off with the White Rim Roll and it was so totally worth it. The White Rim was a shrimp tempura, avocado roll with tuna and unagi (fried squid) layered on top and covered with a delectable sauce. So. Amazing. Oh wow this place was amazing.
After polishing off every last bit of rice and wasabi we decided to do some chachki (is that a word?) shopping. We wandered down main street Moab, hopping in and out of shops and handling nonsense goods. I bought a couple of shot glasses (shot glass collection, take three) and a few lovely greeting card images that would look stellar in a frame.
Somewhere along the line (okay, it was actually in Arizona, but it fits better in this post so whatever) we came across some ridiculous touristy stuff. The most exciting of the ridiculous stuff (aside from the resin encased scorpions, of course) were the giant rattle snake mugs. Now, if you have ever seen the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, you have seen some pretty intense rattle snake mugs. Well, then I don't have to show you a picture of the rattle snake mug that Luke got because it's the exact same one that Craig drinks from. Mine is a slightly smaller version (not the one that Geoff has though) but it is still pretty awesome. Haven't seen it? Maybe you need to Google Image this shit right about now. Seriously. Rattle snake mug? How could this get any better. It's more intense than you think.
Finally, beyond wiped out we made our way back to the hotel room, more than ready to sleep so we can be ready to be on our way out of Moab and back towards the Midwest early tomorrow morning.