S: Grand Canyon Rafting Trip 2011
FC: Rafting through the Grand Canyon September 12-19, 2011
1: Getting ready to go. This is the cleanest we were the whole week.
2: Grand Canyon Built with patience of endless time Years erode and shapes define Layers yield their counted age Eyes can see but cannot gauge Stand agape with awe inspired Image reads of life transpired Cliffs reach out to touch the sky
3: Paths lead down where rivers lie Colors, shapes and shadows meld Here, a place forever held Walk away yet never part Body leaves but not the heart Copyright SGW 2007
5: "It is impossible in a few pages to do justice, in the smallest degree, to the great gorge itself - "that sublimest thing on earth" - or to the perils and adventures of our journey through it. What then shall we write?" Stanton, Robert B. 1909
6: Vasey's Paradise
9: Deercreek Falls
11: Dutton Spring
21: Ancient Graffiti | Wonder Woman?
23: TIs that All you've got? I didn't come on this trip to stay dry!
31: "But look again! Those terrifying walls are moving, are changing! A new light is not only creeping over them, but is coming out from their very shadows. See those flattened slopes above the dark sandstone on top of granite; even at this very moment they are being colored in gorgeous stripes of horizontal layers of yellow, brown, white, green, purple. What means this wondrous change? Wherein lies this secret of the great canyon? Stanton, Robert B. 1909
34: "To stand upon the edge of this stupendous gorge, as it receives its earliest greeting from the god of day, is to enjoy in a moment compensation for long years of ordinary uneventful life." Stoddard, John 1898
54: This means no more rain, right?
58: "Home" on the river | The 'groover' with great views. | Horseshoes for evening fun.
59: The moon served as a spotlight.
61: No way we'd go hungry on this trip.
62: Lizards and Deer and (Bighorn) Sheep, Oh My! | Very smart ravens waited for us to leave the beaches.
63: The picture of the ringtail cat Jenn saw while on the toilet should have gone here. Sadly, she didn't take her camera to the groover with her.
64: Above: Cat & Kerensa Upper left: Joe, Jenn & Kerensa Left: Cat, Kerensa, Jenn & Elizabeth
65: New Friends were a great surprise | Our Boatman: Joe, Julie & Ken
66: Above Back row: Jason, Cat, Victoria, Elizabeth, Leslie, Jane, Jenn, Kerensa, Gayla, Jackie, Dick, Mark Middle: Glynn, Jerry, Joe, Malcolm, Bob, Tim Ground: Ken, Julie, Joe
68: Havasu Creek
69: Grace in motion.
72: Saying Goodbye
73: Back to Civilization So, I’m back in the city And my friends all exclaim, “So, you had a good time well, you look ‘in pain’ “Your lips are cracked, and your hair’s like straw! “Your legs are bruised, and your knees are raw! “Your nails are broken, you’ve gained weight, “How can you say that your trip was great? “Your sunburn’s peeling it sure is a “beaut’ “It looks like you’re wearing a camouflage suit! “So, you had a good time well, you ‘tell me’ “You look like you just came through World War Three!” “Listen,my friend said, carefully, and I will tell you what this all means to me.” “My bruises will fade, and my bones will heal” | “My skin will be soft underneath the peel” “My hair will recover, and so will my lips” “And I’ll get those 10 pounds off my hips” “But the memories I’ve stored, will not fade away” “They will be with me, to my dying day” “The whitewater thrills, and the red canyon walls” “The Indian ruins, and pure waterfalls” “The fun with new friends, and boatman tall tales: “Boatman great cooking and whitewater wails” “Yes, the memories I’ve made will not fade away” “They will be with me, to my dying day.” By: Shirley Hopka June 21, 1983