AZRA River Rafting Trip- May 2008

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Elves Chasm.....
Okay...so I am used to writing by putting pen to paper, but here it goes I will try to blog about my expereinces as they happen. Let's see how far I get, I am only a month into my 7 months off from work and I must admit it feels amazing. (Sorry for all the work people who are reading this...I still love you and miss you!) This first entry captures my river rafting trip down the Colorado River for 8 days with my Dad and 23 other strangers. I must admit I had my doubts about an organized tour like this, but it was amazing! It was my first time ever seeing the Grand  Canyon and to expereince 230 miles of it from the inner gorge itself is indescribable. The pictures don't even do it justice, which is typical of trying to capture the feeling something invokes in you from just an image.
Polished Tapeats Sandstone....I think...
The feeling of escape and connectedness to something bigger was with me for the entire 8 days. At the end of the 8 days, I knew a part of me could go another 8 in a heartbeat, depsite the fact that I hadn't bathed, spoken to the outside world, slept in a bed and had been rained and snowed on for 3 of the 8 days . Yes...snow in the Canyon in May! Our guides said we were fortunate to experience it....and we were.

The 23 strangers I started out with became friends by the end and we've been trading e-mails since we've been back to try and recapture the experience or just hold onto it for a bit longer. It's crazy how you can take 23 people from different places, ages, and expereinces in life and have them mesh and get along so well. I think it's a testament to the Canyon and the River and the unity you feel with it and the desire to share the experience with those around you.
The wall of an inside Canyon...
When you take people out of their safe environment and test their boundaries you are surprised how people rise to the occasion and you literally see them grow before your eyes. Even strangers....you don't know you can see the change and affect an expereince can have on them. I have always thought traveling and seeing new things only makes us stronger as people, helps us understand the world more and hopefully our place in it.

I was extrmeley fortunate to have my Dad and the others to expereince this trip with, it was a perfect starting point to my next 6 months of traveling solo......
wappajaw says:
good stuff!... what a ride. already looking for the next crazy gig to get me out from behind this computer...

i don't think i'll be picking any venture with the potential of 40deg. water landing on my head/lap over and over again for a while...

peace,
-s.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
jaimito_reyes says:
Great great great experience!! plese keep me updated of your travel! you know you are such an interesting girl and i want to find out more about it!! hugs!!
Posted on: Jun 08, 2008
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Elves Chasm.....
Elves Chasm.....
Polished Tapeats Sandstone....I th…
Polished Tapeats Sandstone....I t…
The wall of an inside Canyon...
The wall of an inside Canyon...
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