2008 Summer Vacation Day 4 – Rafting Cataract Canyon

After a surprizing good night of sleep, we woke up to great cowboy coffee and hot chocolate.  The guide’s made a egg, sausage, pepper, onion, and tomato scramble in the dutch oven. After packing up camp we rafted down calm water, to about a 1/2 mile past the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.  The confluence is the point which splits Canyonlands National Park into its three distinct districts:  Islands in the Sky, Maze, and Needles. Riverside our guides began breaking up our rafting rig and preparing rafts for whitewater.  Customers that took a two day trip met up with us at this point via jet boat.  Our group grew from 12 to 28 really quick. After all of the orientation and rigging, we loaded onto the boats.  Jennifer, the kids, and I choose to ride the J-rig.

2008 Summer Vacation Day 3 – First Day Rafting the Colorado

Our day began by getting up at 5:30AM, so that we could get checked out, eat breakfast, and get to the rafting company by 7:30.  Everything we had packed from Florida, in addition to our four river bags were packed into the car.  The only person who could see was Jennifer, because she was driving. The drive to the river put in point at Potash, only took about 30 minutes.  We stopped on the way to see Indian drawings on a rock face cliff.  We pushed off by 9:45 Today was, as the guides call it “all about comfort”.  We all just found comfortable spots on the rig and lounged.  At about 1:00 we stopped riverside for fresh lunchmeat sandwiches.

2008 Summer Vacation Day 2 – Arches, Canyonlands, and Hummer

Today we had a great time hiking Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  It was about 100 degrees, but it was very comfortable. After dinner we did a 2 1/2 hour sunset hummer tour on the Hells Revenge trail.  This was definitely worth the money.  We had a great guide (Cody) from Moab Tour Company. Last night we picked up our river bags and camera cans, then spent a couple hours, basically, repacking everything we brought. We are getting ready to grab some breakfast and get to the river company, to set out for the Colorado River.   I’ll post pictures from our rafting and camping when we get back to town on Sunday.  Later!