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What a HUMBLING Experience!!


| May 3, 2010

When my friends’ wife Edna, asked me to participate in a raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon…I not only thought she was crazy…but a little “over the edge”!!  But after only one night of deliberation…I decided this was probably a trip of a lifetime that I shouldn’t pass up and if I did...only I stood in the way of taking it!!  So, off I went with Edna….to check something off my "bucket list" that I never realized was even on there!!  For me, this 7 day adventure was truly “humbling”.  In just those few 7 days on the river, I found a connection I don’t think I will ever find elsewhere.  A connection not just to the river and the most beautiful surroundings I have ever seen in my 60+ years, but a lasting connection to the other 19 people (now my friends) on board that mighty blue raft!!!  From the condors to the lizards, from the coyotes to the shooting stars…each day and night was more glorious than the last.  The beauty I witnessed along the river and the side trips our guides Evan, Trent & Steve took me on made me want to savor each day to its’ fullest!!  Regardless of our abilities…Evan, Trent & Steve couldn’t do enough for us!!  From their knowledge about the evolvement/creation of the canyon… to the history they shared about those who had traveled the Colorado river in times past… to giving a helping “hands-up” over a big rock while on a hike to see a magnificent waterfall; their ability to make everyone feel comfortable and safe and create a trip of a lifetime for each of us will forever be a part of my mind and soul!!  And Of course, I can’t leave this site without commenting on the fine cuisine that was so expertly prepared for each and every meal!!  Regardless of your preference, there was always something for everyone.  It was truly a surprise to see what they had hiding in the “bows of that mighty blue raft” and observe firsthand how they crafted and created a tasty and memorable meal!!!  One could always find something they savored around the “Evan, Trent & Steve table”!!  My hat is off to our Western River Expedition guides… Evan, Trent & Steve.  May you be blessed with many sun filled, happy days on the Colorado River....  Fair winds to you all.  MANY, MANY THANKS to all of you who made this a TRIP OF A LIFETIME for me!!!  Ps: To those of you considering a raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon…by selecting Western River Expeditions as your guide service…you will leave the Canyon with some of your most treasured moments!!

Joyce Darhower - Carlisle, PA
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