Rafting the Grand Canyon!
Trip Start Jul 18, 2009
1Trip End Jul 26, 2009
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Whether it was relaxing on the rafts in flat water stretches as the canyon looms over us, hiking marvelous side canyons with strange rock formations and beautiful waterfalls, holding on for dear life in 20 ft waves of whitewater, or just enjoying a cold beer as the day comes to a close and the guides are cooking another amazing dinner – every aspect of our trip was wonderful.
Our trip was the upper part of the Grand Canyon. We started at Lee’s Ferry just below Glen Canyon Dam on the border between Utah and Arizona. As we went southward along the Colorado River the walls of the canyon rose up around us
Every day we would take hikes out away from the river. Sometimes they were up lush slot canyons leading to waterfalls. Sometimes they were on rocky ridges with steep falls on both sides.
In this landscape water = life and lack of water = death. The line was crystal clear and applied to us too – in temperatures up to 115° F (46°C) if you don’t drink a liter or more each hour you will quickly dehydrate.
The weather could change quickly from the blazing heat to very cool. A rainstorm had us all scrambling for jackets but it also brought out beautiful waterfalls.
The silt carried in by the rainwater flowing across the desert turned the Colorado from blue-green to red chocolate brown in no time at all.
The whitewater in the river is much different than any we had experienced before
On our last day we hiked out of the canyon from the river up to the rim. This is an intense 9.5 mile (15.3 k) hike that gains more than 5300 feet (1600 m) in elevation. It’s tiring but the views are so beautiful that it is worth the effort.
A phenomenal trip that will stay with me for a lifetime!