Being down here in the bottom of the Grand Canyon has been magical. It's a way for us to get out, and spend some time together. Learn some things together, experience new things together and also share memories along the way. I've just enjoyed being here with my dad. This is a really special trip.
Our guides are fabulous and our kids have new heroes. No cell phones, no TV, just the perfect time. It's just an absolutely fantastic way to spend a few days. Every single day, all the hikes and the views, it was priceless.
The Grand Canyon is something that everyone should experience. The peace that you can find hundreds of miles from any sort of distractions. The incredible geology and history in this canyon. The white water. The hikes up to beautiful waterfalls; places where many people in this world don't get to see. And I think, most importantly, the unique spirit that's there. The spirit of the canyon is unlike any other place I've been.
I think what makes this four day trip unique is there are so many different things that you get to see and do in a short period of time. First of all, fly in from Las Vegas to the Bar Ten Ranch. You get to spend a day and an evening there, where you get to do horseback riding, skeet shooting and there is some entertainment. The next morning you get a helicopter ride about eight minutes down into the canyon. That first day you get a feel for the boat and meet new people. You get a nice day on the water, there are a couple little rapids.
Probably my favorite part about being a guide, is being able to show people the canyon. I have 230 to 240 Grand Canyon river trips but it's always neat to be able to see that first time experience again through other people's eyes. Some people think that the best part of the trip would be the scenery, some people think the best part of the trip might be the rapids, some people think probably the best part of the trip is just the peace and quiet and the solitude; that's the best part of their Western River trip.
One of my favorite parts of Grand Canyon National Park is down in that lower gorge, just a beautiful, beautiful section of canyon, just gorgeous. You can see Pumpkin Springs , itʼs this natural amazing spring that forms some really neat geology. And then there is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the canyon, is down on that lower end, and that is Travertine Grotto.
Travertine Grotto is still, to me, one of the most amazing places Iʼve ever seen. When you get back into that slot canyon, itʼs almost impossible to describe. Youʼve got these rays of light that are coming in from the top and youʼve got this amazing clear, warm water. It really is just this amazing little grotto.
Then the last day you see some beautiful scenery, it's just a nice calm morning and then you meet the jet boat. They will take you for about an hour down to a place called Pearce Ferry. At Pearce Ferry you get onto a charter coach that will take you back to Las Vegas. It's probably one of the best experiences that you can have in just four day down in the canyon.