We rafted the lower Grand Canyon with CanX
, the same
outfitter we went with in 2001
From the South Rim, we hiked down Bright Angel Trail to meet our
boats and guides at river mile 89. Over 9 days, we rafted through the constantly changing canyons.
We traveled 136 river miles and through 60+ rapids before leaving the river at Diamond Creek, mile 225.
Each day, our guides described the plan, which was pretty much
"we'll do some boating, some hiking... we'll have lunch..."
Along the way, we stopped to hike up side canyons, scramble over rocks, jump off rocks, and play in creeks.
Each afternoon, we unloaded the boats and set up camp on a beach along the river. As the sun went down,
the bats came out, and then the stars and Milky Way.
Our head guide Lynne read a passage from
river journal that river guides refer to as
"the doing of the thing
"Some people have said 'I conquered the Colorado River.' I don’t say so. It has never been conquered and never will I think. Anyone who it allows to go through its canyons and see its wonders should feel thankful and privileged."