My 15 year old son and I went on the 5 night/ 6 day white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon putting in at Lees Ferry and hiking out at Phantom Ranch. It was SOOOoooo much fun!! What a great bonding experience and a lifetime of memories we shared.
We chose O.A.R.S. rather than a motorized raft trip, and so glad we did. Instead of a rumbling, vibrating engine, we got to hear the natural sounds all about us.
The guides were wonderful! They were knowledgeable about both historical and geological facts regarding the Grand Canyon which they readily shared.
The day hikes, which were optional, were also an important part of the trip for us. We got to go on trails only accessible from the river and so well tucked away, that unless you have a guide to point them out, you'd miss them.
The guides were so well organized, working like a well-oiled machine. The food was exceptional! And all we had to do was show up when called to eat :-)
Lots of social interaction was created with fun games to play.
But I believe the best part, was watching my son bond with other kids his age from all areas of the US and form friendships that he's still keeping up with thanks to Skype and FB.
We will definitely be going on another O.A.R.S. trip in the future!
I HIGHLY recommend O.A.R.S.
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