"Wet and wild or mild and dry?" the river guide shouted to us, as we approached the next rapids. In a spontaneous chorus we all shouted "wet and wild!" And so it was, all 187 miles on the Colorado River river in the heart of the Grand Canyon July, 2012. This was the most amazing river trip I have ever been on. The experience transported us, as we realized, at the end of the trip we spoke about "the canyon" not just about the Grand Canyon. There is only one Canyon. This was it. We passed by rock formations that were millions of years old and back up again to "the rim world" where life was at such a faster pace. We had enough time, five nights in the canyon, to become accustomed to the ways of the river. We had hot days in the sun, frequently splashed cold when running the rapids - then warming in the sun again. Highlights included daytime hikes to waterfalls and creeks to swim in and to float in. Our river guides were absolutely top notch professionals at this. They worked hard to make their guests enjoy the most of the canyon and to feel safe and comfortable. One of the last nights there, around the campfire, some of us composed a song which we played on the guitar, as a tribute to our guides' constant reminders about how to be safe. Each river guide's personality shined during the trip, and helped all of us to make a personal connection to them and to each other. We felt comfortable to ask any questions and seek help for any reason. We felt both safe and challenged. We bonded with The Canyon through the lives of our guides. I look forward to doing this trip again with my grandkids. A most incredible jewel of outdoor adventures.
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