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  •  Rafting the Grand . . . (8+ / 0-)

    As many have already noted, rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon is a life altering experience.  I have been lucky enough to serve as a boatman (owning a raft helps) on two private trips, in 1987 and 2001.

    The life altering aspect is especially true with a "private party" (as opposed to a trip with a commercial outfitter) on a totally oar powered (no motors, as some commercial groups use) trip for the maximum number of days allowed (19).  Partly this is because each group is dependent upon the others in their group - both in transporting group supplies (you have to take everything in and out) and in the event of problems.  This fosters a sort of "tribal" awareness of interconnectedness, both with your fellow travelers and the earth.  With no TV, phones, etc., human relationships or natural discoveries/wonders are the focus.

    Unfortunately, getting a permit for a private trip during the summer (when you can take your kids) is extremely difficult.  It is dependent on a lottery system and, as the most popular river trip in the nation, there are thousands of people trying to get a "put in" date.  On the other hand, there are multiple "put ins" reserved for commercial (for profit) outfitters . . . including the Hatch family (recognize that name - Orrin Hatch ring a bell?  Yes, they are related).  Sadly, these higher impact, often motorized, commercial groups are allotted many more "river days" than the thousands of recreational rafters.

    As Ojibwa points out, even before the Anasazi, early native peoples lived in this area (and up into southern Utah and the Four Corners area, as well as east into New Mexico near Albuquerque), creating amazing rock art (both pictographs and petroglyphs) that survives even today.

    Thanks for the diary that brings back many great memories of the wonders that part of our country has gifted me with.  

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

    by foolrex on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 09:17:23 AM PDT

    •  Met a man named Thompson who ran (2+ / 0-)
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      Carol in San Antonio, Ojibwa

      Grand Canyon rafting excursions several years ago at a homecoming party for his wife. He also was an Alaskan fisherman and Hawaiian surfer. Remember him sitting there and struck up a conversation. Shortly after, there were some 15 people listening to his amazing experiences. Believe he had his Grand Canyon adventures in the late 60-70's. Fascinating! The host, his sister in law, even found some pictures from their own adventure of a pack ride to the bottom of the canyon in the 80's.

      Amazing the Time I waste Here! Sometimes it's not wasted though!

      by raster44 on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 11:56:29 AM PDT

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