|I've seen the beginning...|
A few weeks ago I wrote about whether it is the journey or the destination that is important. And it is indeed the journey that is important. I've been to the starting point...
I am a rank amateur at rafting, so I've been trying to learn everything I can about trips down the Grand Canyon. I have the questions. Am I in good enough shape? Am I going to embarrass myself on the first rapid? What's it like to get dumped into the river? One thing I do know, though. I'm going to live every moment on the river. The sights, the smells, the sounds. So many of my travels have been wrapped up in organizing the logistics, dealing with student problems, keeping schedules and appointments, and making sure that everything goes somehow smoothly for everyone. On Sunday, I become a student once again, both in learning, and in responsibility. I won't be the one leading, I'll be the follower (and the chore-doer; no more of that managerial supervising crap!).
Like I said, I'm not an adrenaline junkie. I'm not too sure how I feel about running the legendary rapids like Crystal, Hance or Lava Falls. But it's the only way to see the heart of the Grand Canyon. I've been all over the rims, and I've been down (and up) four different trails to the river. But I've never been able to explore the river itself, or any of the side canyons that make such river trips so memorable. I'm looking forward to exploring as much as I can.
I won't be totally bereft of technology. I've got two nearly worn-out digital cameras that I'll be taking along. I figure at least one might survive the journey.
|It's all the in-between I don't know so much about...|
But maybe most of all, I'm looking forward to the time I'm going to have with my brother, my sister-in-law, and my two nephews. Their hard effort navigating the whole permit and organizational maze made this adventure possible, and they invited me along to share in it. I don't know if I can ever repay the kindness. It's going to be a grand adventure!
I might get a few more posts up before I leave, but then Geotripper goes dark for three weeks.
You're going to love it! I was a little nervous about the rapids too, but enjoyed every one. Recommend buying an inexpensive P&S camera with video. Have a wonderful time. I did.
I've been on the lower half - it's great, with great side trips. Back then, the only thing people missed was a connection to their landline phone -- and for some, that was quite daunting!
Did this in 2004, approached it with all the trepidation you express here. It was the most spectacular trip, in terms of scenery and geologically, that I've been on.
You'll have a blast!
I am sure you will have a wonderful time, Mr Hayes! What an adventure...look forward to reading your blog upon your return.
Best wishes and prayers for a safe trip.
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