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Thoughts From the Land of Limbo – Grand Canyon Rafting Trips

Vasey's Paradise in Grand CanyonWell, the 7 day Grand Canyon rafting trip is paid, plane reservations are made, and the hotel room reserved. I am in the land of limbo. It is too early to begin packing but I don’t have to stop thinking about the trip. My friends, family, and coworkers have learned to just deal with me. They have given up on attempting to ignore my conversations abut this adventure, so they simply listen to me and kindly nod their heads, probably hoping I shut up.
While in this state, many questions have been stirring in my mind that can fit into the “The Good (sense of wonder), the Bad (silly curiosities), and The Ugly (a few fears).” I thought I would write in reverse order, saving the best for last.

The Ugly:
Snakes, scorpions, helicopters, heights, powerful water-can I face my greatest fears all in one shot?
Does this really have to be a once in a lifetime trip?

The Bad:
Seven days without shaving our legs? Help me here fellow female travelers- I won’t look at yours if you don’t look at mine!
What do you do about battery life for digital cameras with hundreds of photo ops?
What happens if I don’t want to go back to civilization?
What if I can’t fall asleep at night in the canyon because I am too excited?
Am I going to be brave enough to sit towards the front of the J-Rig for Lava Falls?
Ahem-and just where do we go to the bathroom?

The Good:
How immense is Redwall Cavern? For some reason this place mystifies me.
How do the lush gardens at Vasey’s Paradise survive the harsh conditions of the Grand Canyon?
How blue is the water of the Little Colorado?
If you had to take one book to read on this trip, what would it be?
If I could hear Granite Rapids from the rim, how loud will it be in the middle of it?
What will it feel like to stand near the Anasazi Granaries where Native Americans lived over 1,000 years ago? Will they be watching us?
Did I really see photos pf people wearing Togas in the middle of the Grand Canyon?
How will I ever be able to describe this trip in words?

Karen Bennett

Mark Twain said,  "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."
Stay tuned to Karen’s guest blog if you want to know what answers she discovers in her journey.
Experience the anguish and joy of limbo that Karen has discovered on your own 6 or 7 Day Grand Canyon Rafting Trip.

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Various guests of Western River took the time to share their thoughts with us both before and after their journey.

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