One of the most significant trips that we (Yukon & Bean) have taken to date has been 16 days, rafting 225 miles on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon with 14 other people (some of whom we knew…and some we didn’t).
When we returned in July of 2013, were back physically, but it took us awhile to return mentally.
Bean is writing a book about the trip and including a Make Some Room Manifesto she wrote after the trip.
AND…we wanted to share just some brief snippets from our adventure based on questions people had for us when we returned.
Some stats from the trip:
- We used five 18-foot long oar rigs paddled by non-professional, non-paid oarsmen (including Nelson – who used be a guide on the New and Gauley Rivers).
- Sleeping outside without a tent for 16 nights is awesome (no rain helped).
- Daytime temps were between 100 – 110 degrees. HOT. MISERABLE. AMAZING.
- Carrying all of our food was a logistical challenge – we ate chicken, burgers, spaghetti, brats, and more. Keeping ice around for that long means someone has to monitor all five coolers.
- Cake and brownies made in a dutch oven is the most magical treat after a hard, hot day of rafting.
- Sixteen people were on the trip – we all knew some people, but no one knew everyone. Talk about a group challenge!
- We did everything outside – eating, sleeping, pooping (hello, groover system!), cooking, bathing, and laundry.
- The stars at night were simply incredible. We were blessed to see shooting stars, the Big Dipper, the Milky Way, and a nearly full moon by the end of the trip.
- Scorpions make quite a noise when they are mad at you. You’ll have to ask Nelson for details!
- The rapids rating system usually goes from 1 – 5. In the Grand Canyon, because the water is SO big, it goes from 1- 10. Yes, we ran several 9’s and one 10. Scary shit? YES
- Rattlesnakes encountered: zero.
- Big horn sheep sightings: 40+.
It was an amazing trip for these and so many other ways.
PHOTOS from the trip