Doing our touristly duty (Great Platte River Road Archway Monument) while waiting on the eclipse. 

Grand canyon rafting — day 6

The Hike out. 8.6 miles horizontally, 1 mile vertically, 108 degrees in the sun (which most of the way is). We are each carrying about 25 pounds gear and water.

View from camp in the, early, morning light.

Leaving the boats behind.

We’ve come a long way.

 

We made it!

Total hike time: 7 hours. Not bad.

Grand canyon rafting — day 5

Day 5 is the biggest rapids day yet. They come one right after another for an action packed day.

View from our campsite in the morning light.

Scouting Hance Rapid, the most technical one we will encounter.

Elliot in the final campsite of our trip.

We transition from sedimentary rock to metamorphic and igneous as the river descends past the great unconformity.

Penne and meat balls for dinner. Carb loading for the big hike out tomorrow.

Beautiful starry sky again tonight.

Grand canyon rafting – day 4

Day 4 we hit some good rapids and hiked up a beautiful slot canyon.

 

It’s a little blurry but it’s the best i have.
Wild life.
Elliot riding the bull and getting blasted with a water gun.

 

Elliot next to the little colorado river.

The little colorado was very silty and cinnamon colored. The silt is very fine and slick.

Tuna steaks with rice pilaf and squash for dinner tonight, and it was delicious.

The weather looks very monsoony so Elliot and i sleep in ledges in the cliff wall.

Fewer pictures today because the camera battery is running low and i am conserving.

Grand canyon rafting — day 3

Day 3 is a float day. No rapids to speak of. Still, it turned out to be my favorite day of the trip.

Morning light on the canyon walls.
Panorama of our campsite. You can see the kitchen and hangout areas in the lower middle

 

 

Morning light on the canyon walls.

Vasey’s Paradise.

 

Redwall cavern.

We stopped at redwall cavern and played horseshoes, bocce ball and frisbee. We also saw some great fossils.

View from redwall cavernt.

Lunch is under that umbrella.

After lunch we all hitched our boats to Tom’s oar (cargo) boat and listened to Megan give a beautiful concert on the river.

Megan gives a concert on the water while Tom tows all the boats.
Elliot steering the caboose of the concert boat train.

At camp we hiked up to the top of the inner canyon rim. It was a pretty serious hike but the views are well worth it.

Me dangling my feet over the edge of the inner canyon. It was a long hike up and an even longer one down.

Robert and i on the top of the inner canyon rim.

Wild life.

Carnitas for dinner tonight. They were spectacular, per usual.

We slept under the stars and, for the first time on the trip, there really were stars. So many stars.

Grand canyon rafting — day 2

View from hot na na in the morning light.
Elliot, ready for a day of big water.

Day 2 is a big rapids day. It was cool this morning and the water is below 50 degrees so we really appreciated our splash jackets.

The water really is this green.

We stop for a hike up north canyon, a gorgeous slot canyon. At the pool Megan and Leia gave us a wonderful little guitar and vocal concert. The acoustics of the pool are amazing.

North canyon

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Elliot in north canyon pool
North canyon pool

Big horn sheep, including a “lamb”.

A game of hunker down. Somebody gets wet. :)
View from the campsite (whose name i have forgotten)
We got a beautiful rainbow. My camera really doesn’t do it justice.
Dying light on the canyon walls.
Dying light on the canyon walls.

Dinner was salmon, quinoa and fruit salad. It was delicious, though a little sandy. The wind was pretty strong during dinner prep.

It rained off and on over night but i rested well wrapped in a tarp. Wet is way better than hot. We don’t need no stinken’ tents. (Though they are provided for those who feel otherwise.) Word to the wise it is a lot cooler near the water.

Grand canyon rafting — day 1

We put in at Lee’s Ferry. We learn the few commands the guides use right away and then we are off.

Peter, Elliot, Charlie, Robert (left to right)

The scenery is awe inspiring right from the beginning (as you can see from the background).

Elliot during the lunch break.

Lunch is a short break from the river.  The crew sets up an impressive buffet of sandwich makings and snacks. As soon as everyone is done eating the table and food is stowed and we are back on the river.

We ran 4 small to medium rapids (badger creek, soap creek, 13 mile and sheer wall) on the first day. Unfortunately, i don’t have any pictures or video of the rapids due to needing to have both hands on the paddle during rapids and an issue with Elliot’s go pro, which i will cover in a later post.

View from the campsite (Hot Na Na)
A little light reading (“Death in Grand Canyon”) while dinner is being prepared.

Dinner is steak, mash potatoes and salad. It is seriously excellent.

We sleep on the beach under the stars — well clouds strictly speaking . It was super hot and there were lots bugs so it is a rather fitful night. Later i learn that wetting the provided liner (a sleeping bag made out of light weight cotton fabric) and sleeping in that is the suggested way of cooling down and keeping the bugs off. Live and learn.