Colorado River – Grand Canyon – Rafting (Part 3)

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Camp on the morning after the wind, sand and rain

Day 4, Saturday June 11th, 2016

This is the day of the big rapids. With adequate warning from the guides, the rafters in front were in full rain gear. Right from the beginning we were in big waves. The “practice” from the previous three days made this quite a fun ride because by now we have learned how to handle them. I planned to call out the name of the rapids after turning on the GoPro, but I didn’t always remember or hear the name. I know we began with Hance and continued through Sockdolager, Grapevine and Crystal with   Continue reading

Colorado River – Grand Canyon – Rafting (Part 2)

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Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Day 1 Wednesday, June 8th , 2016

We stayed at the Marble Canyon Lodge on the evening before the trip. The lodge is right across the street from the meeting place at the airport. The lodge also has a restaurant, so we ate breakfast there and later drove across to the parking lot, unloaded our gear and waited. Planes began arriving, eventually bringing in Rod’s friends who invited us on this trip. There were several groups of people and at least two   Continue reading

Colorado River – Grand Canyon – Rafting (Part 1)

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Great views of the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River

Over a year ago I was invited to join a group on a 7-day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It’s kinda pricey, so I talked it over with Lisa, who was not interested in a remote trip of that length, and decided to accept. The trip through the canyon began   Continue reading

Zion National Park – Hiking

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Zion National Park, East Entrance

Over one year ago I was asked about joining a group from Indiana for a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. I thought about it for a couple of days, accepted the invitation and made the reservation. The time finally came   Continue reading