Thankfully, the nifty green “Lego Man” helmets we wore were only necessary for our dock walk from bus to boat. Safety first, right? Or maybe it was more like liability first. I’m fairly certain it wasn’t motivated by anyone’s sense of fashion.
The boat was actually a blue raft, bobbing gently on a calm stretch of the Colorado River. Climbing aboard, we settled ourselves as close to the cool green water as possible on an outer edge and watched the world of the canyon unfurl before us. Through the shallower stretches, we had the same clear views of the river bed as the silent trout fishermen we passed throughout that lazy afternoon.
One of the better stories we heard that day involved kayakers sneaking onto the river during a high volume water release and setting a new speed record. Flaunting their success resulted in being banned from the canyon for a time. Needless to say, the adrenaline chasers worked to set things right and have been a bit more discreet in revealing any subsequent triumphs.3 Comments