Grand Canyon By Boat

Not all of my travel adventures are on two wheels – or even wheels for that matter.  Last August I was blessed with the opportunity to travel the entire length of the Grand Canyon along the Colorado River.  Best of all, I was able to do this trip with my oldest son.

If you have ever wanted to experience the Grand Canyon, a river trip is the ultimate way to do so.  Did the Canyon change me?  Yes it did, and in a way that I was not expecting.  For the first time in my adult life, I found myself 100% completely unplugged and unreliant on society.  For eight days, my focus narrowed as my world opened up and then swallowed me.  Within hours of being on the river, my concerns boiled down to making sure I was hydrated and that I didn’t get sunburned.  Work concerns, politics, the latest geopolitical crisis were all but forgotten.

Is it a magical place?  I’m not one to believe in magic, but the Canyon has something surreal and she dishes it out to you one rapid at a time.  You can feel her magic come upon you suddenly in the irrational welling of emotion in response to the sight of a gorgeous waterfall.  Or the very strange feeling that comes over you as the sun sets and you notice how the colors of the canyon walls feel like they are being painted on right at that very moment by the hand of God himself. And you’ll especially feel it when after 200 miles on the river you still find yourself eagerly anticipating the view around the next bend.  Is any of it rational? No. Is it real?  Absolutely.

 

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