Thanks for checking out this blog. After graduating in May and finishing up a researching job in Iowa City this August, Jake and I headed west. First, we were fortunate to be apart of a private rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service is very selective of how many people can go down the river each year, so it took 15 years to get a permit to go on the trip! It was sure worth the wait, the 16 days were unreal and filled with unforgettable scenery and memories. Words simply do not give it justice. Take a look at some of the pictures…..
rigging up the boats for the launch
dwarfed by the canyon walls
we were the dairy cooler and kitchen supplies boat (plus Jake)
approaching Redwall Cavern
Jake and I inside Redwall Cavern
Silver Grotto hike
- hiking up to the 3 granaries where Indians stored food
panoramic of 3 granaries
the ducky, so FUN!
lots of hikes 🙂
Jon and Sam fly fishing
time to take a pee!
scouting a rapid
the start of a sunset
parked for the night
a spring on the side of the canyon
jumping off of waterfalls on a side hike at Ell's Chasam, so refreshing!
cooling off in fresh springs
the 3 brothers
those little red ant bites packed a punch!
winding pathways at Matkat
scrambling hiking at Matkat
crystal clear water
the groover...we had some pretty awesome views from the bathroom
one of our kitchen set-ups, doing dishes using the 5 bucket method
Havasu creek...the water looked like cool blue gatorade!
bighorn sheep right on the trail
jumping into a waterfall pool at Havasu
Deer Creek Falls
mid hike cool off
scouting Hance Rapid....dun.dun..dun...
trying to flip Jon's boat after the Hance rapid take out
wow what a rock
tons of horseshoes 🙂 this was the night after we successfully made it through Lava Rapid, which means everyone wears their party outfit...nice skirts Jake and Joe!
Ledges Campsite and Sam's birthday night, cheers!
There’s just a brief overview of canyon pictures…there are hundreds more fantastic pictures. More to come in the future!