Tricia: Yours is damp already…
Marc: Awww, why’s mine damp?
Tricia: Because you want to sleep outside!
Son: This is just like, by far gonna rank like the coolest trip!
Tricia: Welcome to the Colorado River. That is where we are today with you and we are so excited to share.
Marc: So season four ended on the Colorado River, and season five is beginning on the
Colorado River. Trish and I are three days into rafting the Colorado River with Western River Expeditions
Tricia: We are so excited you're here to join us we're gonna have to show you what three days of rafting down the river looks like. But it's not ordinary know when you get to have cold lemonade you think, “Wow I am experiencing something amazing but then when they pass out freezing popsicles on day two, when everything else in a normal cooler would be melted and disgusting yes you go, “Okay so I'm having a pretty good experience!”
Marc: Yes. So this trip started in Moab and we are rafting Cataract Canyon. So let's jump back three days and bring you up to speed, and we'll meet you right back here.
[Music] Wake up in the morning and find your peace of mind take off without a warning and chase those dreams of mine. Hush, hush honey don't you go and cry...
Guide: The the paradox layer is a layer of salt and it built up so high that in certain areas of Canyonlands and Moab it was actually like 3000 feet deep so that's a it's a significant amount of salt; and salt is just a very weak geological layer to begin with, so when you add a lot of heat and pressure from the underlying rocks and the Earth's movement in the in the crust, it puts a lot of heat and pressure and now those salt pockets literally start collapsing. So has anyone seen like a bird's eye view of Canyonlands? Just wherever it was weak it was, you know, particularly have you having these sections collapse like the Moab valley itself was just a salt dome that collapsed and exposed the faces of the rocks.
[Music]...the grass ain’t always greener when you go and die. You gotta go, oh! Before you can go home.
Tricia: How do you have a fresh Apple in the middle of nowhere?
Marc: Go on a guided raft trip. I think this is an
appropriate time to have Trish confess…
Tricia: What am I confessing?
Marc: That maybe I had to kind of persuade her to come on this trip…
Tricia: Listen, I am reserving all opinions until I have a full 24 hours.
Marc: Haha! So you know, rafting, rafting the Colorado River, here we're out in Cataract Canyon is like... this is bucket list stuff all right, this is like, I've wanted to do this forever
Tricia: Mind you, everyone has a different bucket list.
Marc: Ha! And so I think we started doing some research online we started watching some videos and then Trish saw that, “wait a sec, four days? Are we gonna have to let go to the bathroom and then there’s sleeping...
Tricia: There's got to be some other ladies out there, and maybe even some guys that hear me on this, okay first of all we're in the most treacherous terrain ever… I’m like watching videos and they're like, “we're gonna sleep under the stars” and I'll be like I'll be in my tent homies, you come knock on there, you'll find me! Mark comes at me, “You look a little warm? I'm like I'm fine!”
Marc: All right just wait, I'm gonna... just just wait until I show you what she packed in her bag... I'm gonna save that for just...
Tricia: Oh no! I'll do the reveal, okay...
Marc: All right, let's go grab some lunch.
Guide: This was a place where we could hunt and gather bighorn sheep or we could hunt and gather berries corn a squash other things like that
Marc: Will you look at how amazing this is back in here and right around the corner? Steve was just explaining some of the pictographs in the area of it I tell you one thing initially I was really concerned about having enough battery, in fact tonight I will show you what's in my camera bag. Now I have a new concern. I'm concerned about storage on my SD chips I think I brought like 300 gig I don't know if that's gonna cut it we're only we're not even done with day one and I'm starting to wonder if I'm maxing out 128 gig chip I have so... Anyhow let’s go catch up to the group and finish this hike. Then we're gonna get back in the raft, we're gonna float down and we're gonna get into a where we’re gonna camp for the first night.
Guide: ...would put the light exactly on to that dot so they knew we went to start and to end their harvest season. So this was basically like a calendar for them for the summer and winter solstice and then also could be for the autumn and spring equinox. ...Another type of pictograph: negative hand imprints into the rock. Like I was saying another ritual maybe believing that connecting with their ancestors so what they would do is get some type of pigment or bone marrow and blow and make that negative contrast with their hand... could be a coming of age...
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Marc: Tricia’s sleeping in a tent.
Tricia: MmmHmm, yeah.
Marc: I’m gonna sleep under the stars
Tricia: Good! For you!
Marc: Why don't you show everyone would you brought in your bag? Now keep in mind you only get one little duffel bag, alright? But but Trisha here's Trish's priorities
Tricia: Okay, well this is your pillow
Marc: Yes which Trish told me to get at Target. Right here. This little thing.
Tricia: And this is my pillow!
Marc: Haha! can you believe that?!
Tricia: 50% more enjoyment okay?! I prioritized my pillow over my clothes
Marc: Amazing. All right, I'm gonna go to bed.
Tricia: But why are you sleeping out there is really the question...
Marc: Carson and I are sleeping out here because that's the thing to do, to be under the stars, count satellites, shooting stars make wishes…
Tricia: I can still see the stars…
Marc: Alright, this is the night of day one and we just had dinner and we're just kind of getting acclimated. I did say that I would show you the camera bag, so let me show you inside the camera bag. Lowepro bag. It's really cool because it has all these things up here like this where I can clip things on to it and has a really good waist strap which I like in here I got all my battery like a battery of spare batteries here extra camera batteries there cords here and then I've got I get the big camera and the big rode mic and then my t5i with its telescopic lens and a secondary lens but this right here I'm most excited to share with you because this is what's gonna keep everything charged so let me switch cameras up and we'll pick up a real left off though this company's been has been sending me emails saying hey we want to send you this this thing and I've always said no that's all right but then when we decided to go on this trip I thought hmm this could be a good thing to do so it's a I guess they're called solar inverters and you can see I can plug a regular plug in here plus maybe even that's a AC output and then two more two more plugs and I think these are these are connections for lights and then I got a waterproof SD card holder and extra things to charge Canon batteries GoPro batteries and then this is a I bumped into a guy at carefree and he showed me this is this is a makeshift time-lapse for the GoPro so I got a GoPro mounted on here you set the time and then it takes the time-lapse that was pretty cool so I got one.
Morning chatter: All right... takes a village... yes, we're gonna be a family of sorts by the end of...this getting you
Marc: How was your sleep?
Marc: My gosh. Trish really liked that tent.
Tricia: You know my tent is, umm temperature controlled.
Marc: Its climate controlled. Right… how did you sleep? how'd you sleep?
Son: I yelled in the night. I probably woke everyone up.
Tricia: He screamed in the middle of the night.
Tricia: I am only teasing with you back and forth because all day this one over here was like, “You're not putting up a tent are you? You’re not bringing that pillow are you? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Marc: Did you see the size of her pillow?
[Sound of conch shell]
Marc & Tricia: Okay… that was, that was the sound of breakfast! Okay, nice!
Marc: Okay the sleeping under the stars was beautiful the moon lit up this Canyon and then even how bright the moon was you can still see the stars because we are out in the middle of nowhere. Where you can only get to by raft! Anyhow so we're at go get some breakfast and let's get this day started. We’ve got, we're gonna go we're gonna start this morning with a hike, we're have lunch and then the rapids. Let’s start. Let's make it happen
Marc: Let me show you where the boat is still we're not catching up I don't understand how we could float slower than everyone else? Don't touch me! Maybe I found my reason!
Guide: If the boat does end up flipping, if the high side doesn't work, okay, everyone's going to be in the drink… Everyone’s gotta be, “Stay calm, think. Stay calm, think.”
Marc: We just had a very sobering safety talk... if I wasn't scared before I am now. And I was just notified that the people in the back of the boat are usually the ones that end up in the water got that going for me.
Guide: When I shout a command, and you hear it, you all shout it back.
Tricia: How about that?
Marc: That was incredible. Incredible rafting, and I will say the last three days it's been... here take off my hat Trish I gotta… it's been hard it's it's been hard on the Alaskan hat. They tell you what it's okay though it's okay.
Tricia: They say you can smush it and pack it.
Marc: I think I can get this, I think I can bring it back to life okay
Marc: Today was there were a couple scary moments...
Tricia: Well when your guide (cuz that's what the guys are called and ladies are guides) is tossing rope out in the morning to practice rescuing people...
Marc: That’s what it looked like and I talked to Steve about that...and yeah it's just recoiling his line.
Tricia: Oh! I thought he was practicing!
Marc: But they do take every precaution because actually someone did come out of the raft today yeah someone did come out and she went up underneath the raft and then they snagged her on the other side, but you know it is serious business.
Tricia: It's serious business. But the coolest part is you're out here for however long you choose there's different like days but there's no cell phone service, so we're completely detached our kids are completely detached, I'm watching other families connect. There's um older brothers and sisters that are here from around the country they decide to meet up...
Marc: It’s like a reunion. They do it every single year they go meet and they do something else together.
Tricia: Yeah so it's super cool. Yeah super cool.
Marc: So tonight's the big dinner and the guides are gonna be dressed up tonight yeah a big dinner and even the guests are gonna be dressed up too.
Tricia: It's called the captain's dinner and they said no sheets no eats…
Marc: ...and I think that means toga party.
Tricia: That's right.
Tricia: I'm getting in touch with my Greek roots
Marc: oh, you are, aren't you?
Tricia: Yes I am
Marc: Good morning!
Tricia: it looks like it's a painting behind us. it does! The sun is rising we're in a canyon we're there...we get a lot of shade. We’re having cowboy coffee
Marc: and we just got done having french toast which is like the third big breakfast
Tricia: we have. I said to everyone ah what's gonna happen tomorrow when no one passes me a snack?! So we're out here in the middle of nowhere on the Colorado River...
Marc: 98 miles we’ve rafted. Mind you.
Tricia: Yes! 98 miles! So, and if this were a National Park which, it is, but if it was open like Zion or something else we'd be here with hundreds of people.
Tricia: We're here with 27.
Marc: We're here completely by ourselves... and it's just breathtaking.
Marc: My favorite part of the flight was when the Green River met the Colorado River and the fact they were different colors and it's like... we were right there looking at it coming in, but from up above you can see how the river is just etched out of the land.
Tricia: Yeah! And she said that it changes all the time too depending on the rain flow it'll change different colors but you just feel so small when you're in Moab right you do and you see how grand everything is and they said from a geological perspective all of the things that have happened here are in the last like million years so it's very exciting for geologists to be here because the earth is actually changing. The salt layer is eroding...
Marc: Its eroding fast!
Tricia: The land is moving.
Marc: Yes it has been an exciting three days and we hope you enjoyed it. And if you're new here, hit that subscribe button because there's a lot more to come. This is just season five it’s just getting started we're now heading north we'll get we’ll share with you a little bit of the details. Next we're going to tonight Bozeman not tonight but the next couple days Bozeman foes and then I'm closing them we're gonna go into Calgary from Calgary we're gonna go over to Jasper we're gonna go on the sky walk up there do some glaciers and whatnot and then from there we're gonna go into all those cities all the way up to Fairbanks so let's go to Alaska together right come with us come with us we'll catch you next Sunday
Marc and Tricia park the RV for 4 days and try out a rubber raft in Utah's gorgeous Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River to kick off Season 5 of their Keep Your Daydream YouTube Channel.
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