Day 4 - Rafting the Royal Gorge

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Today is Sunny


We ate a continental breakfast at the motel. 


Wilderness Aware Rafting[1] - Royal Gorge


They provided a deli lunch.  Sara stayed at a vet/boarder (Kenline Vet Clinic) had it set up where she could be inside or outside (whenever she chose).  She was by herself but she could see other dogs (they were sick).  The vet provided water, food (which she didn’t eat), and doggie treats.  There was also a dog run she could enjoy.  {REMEMBER take you dog’s vet papers when you travel so you don’t have to get them faxed while you’re on vacation.}  Sara saw and barked at a horse, cow, and some other dogs.


We had a fun time rafting (class 3, 4 and 5 rapids).  Along our water route, we saw deer, squirrels, butterflies, and birds.  We also saw the helicopter we took yesterday and the train we’ll be taking tomorrow.  Our guide was the same goofy but knowledgeable one from Sunday.  There was a few incidents along the way; however.  We had 2 swimmers at one point - almost 3 but Gary rescued her before she fell completely out.  Another couple of times, Gary almost fell out (me too)…  Another time, another rafting company got one raft wedged between 2 boulders; we knocked them loose and ran into another boat.  They had 4 swimmers from 2 boats, and one guy was a firefighter…  He said it was scarier than going into a burning building because in the water there is NO control, you can’t see, and the current is STRONG.  Fortunately, in the end, everyone was fine.  On a brighter note, a yellow butterfly flew right throw us all (across the raft).


As we got back to our motel, we locked ourselves out of the truck (despite having brought 3 keys), but the road assistance guys came out 2 hours later and opened our door.


We had supper at the Old Mexican Cantina.  It was ok, but not great like Buena Vista had been.  I had a tamale and chile relleno.  Gary had enchiladas. 


We started to take Sara for a walk but it became very windy - dust storm - so we got some Baskin Robbins (next to the motel) and walked back to our room.  It rained that night.


Medical Report:  Gary scraped his sunburned head on the doorframe of the truck L


[1] Wilderness Aware Rafting

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