We are a family of 5 the kids are 14,13,11. We drove from Las Vegas, to the Hoover Dam, to the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Had a wonderful home cooked meal and swam in the salt water pool. When we checked into the hotel, we had a few chuckles about the ear plugs they handed out because of the train that passes every 20 minutes. It was a Cousin Vinnie moment. This continued when we got to our room. It was small, not a surprise. But when we sat on the beds, they had the plastic on the mattresses and the sheets came off, so you were sleeping on plastic.
Day 2-We are up early for our river rafting trip. We board a school bus and get take a bouncy dirt road to the river. It took over an hour. The boys loved the ride because of how bouncy it was. We saw wild donkeys, which weren’t too wild because they came up to the bus for food. We get to the boat and get a dry box that you have access too, so you can put cameras, sunscreen in it. Then there is a dry duffle for other stuff. don't put anything you need access to in this bag, you don't get it back until the end of the day. We brought a change of clothes, which we never needed. We wore rain gear, water shoes, and a hat. Well we go over a few bumpy splashes, and I thought cool. Then we go thru some bigger rapids where you need to hold on and you are soaked to the bone. It was great. The Colorado is rated a 1 to 10 on the rapids, we rode 3-5’s. It was very cool. WE made several stops. On the first stop, we hiked up a little to a water fall. The other stop was a beautiful stream. The kids all scooped up the clay out of the stream and made little pots. It was very cool. The views from being down in the canyon were overwhelming. Our guide showed us the fault lines in the canyon, the oldest rock in the canyon. It was very cool. After lunch we had a quiet ride down the canyon. At the end of our day we took a great helicopter ride out of the canyon. Even though it was windy it was very smooth.
On the ride back from the trip we went across a dirt road. At the end of the road he van we were in got a flat tire. I couldn’t believe it, I figured we would be stuck forever. But my husband and another man changed the tire and we were on the road. BAck to the hotel for another great meal, and on the road again to the Grand Canyon for the next leg of our trip
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