Back from Grand Canyon rafting vacation

Yes, I know, I promised I wouldn't post my vacation pictures on my blog, but this one was just to good to resist.  I'll be very brief.

Fifteen passengers and 5 boatman put in to the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry about 10 miles south of Lake Powell, named for the brave explorer who first traversed the Grand Canyon in 1869.  We spent five days of perfect weather on the chilly (55 degrees) river enjoying smooth water and rough.  The river was surrounded by cliffs up to 2500 feet high. The food was great and prepared by our boatmen each night.  It included steaks, fish, fettuccine, salad, fruit and nightly dessert. The nights were cool sleeping under the stars on the riverside beaches.  Our sleeping companions included scorpions, tarantulas and at least one rattlesnake that we found four feet from my head one morning.  The valley was also populated with bighorn sheep, deer, ducks, rainbow trout and falcons.

In addition to floating on the big 18 foot rafts, we also got to take turns on a smaller inflatable kayak or a catamaran style inflatable boat called a "shredder."  The waves were great!

We enjoyed daily hikes into side canyons to hunt for indian ruins and petroglyphs, final resting places of long dead river runners as well as hidden waterfalls.  The last day included a 7.8 mile hike from the inner gorge to the south rim (4500 feet up) and back to civilization capped with a few cold beers.  It took 5.5 hours but provided great views of the canyon and wildlife  as well as a few mule trains passing us on the way down.

The staff of Moki Mac took great care of us and there were only a few involuntary dunkings in the cold river.

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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