48 hours on the river

Last 4th of July, We were invited on a 48 float trip near Grand Junction, Colorado. The first night was great, we met up with everyone, drank some beers and had a good ol’ time, until it started to pour down buckets of rain. We ended up sleeping in our car that night, praying the rain would stop by morning…

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The following morning it was still pouring. We get to the shop to sign in and pay for everything,. While trying to figure out if we should wait or just go for it, we talked with the guides and learned more about where we we’re floating. We decided to pack up and head out. The rain kept coming down and getting colder by the minute. No one remembered to bring paunches, so we suited up in trash bags and passed around some whiskey to stay “warm”.  Finally the rain calmed down, the sun came out, it was time to start relaxing.

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We got to the camp site for the night after “relaxing” all day, stumbling around getting the tents set up. We were in this beautiful canyon surrounded by hiking and wild life. We had to set out and explore. I hiked up top and a ways out to this over look of the entire river bend to capture the the sunset.

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The sun set was amazing. I had to hike back down in the dark while navigating through dozens of small cacti, wearing water shoes with holes in the bottom of them… Every thorn pulled from my feet was well worth the view.

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That night we hung out under the stars, enjoyed a nice fire, a few drinks, and some ghost stories.

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The next day it was beautiful. All the shenanigans came out… Cliff jumping, back flips, whiskey… When the day came to and end, it was time to get off the river and head back home. Over all it was a great trip, cant wait to do it again this year! A big thanks to Phil and Amanda for planning and organizing everything! Thanks guys!

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