Before I knew it, September of 2011 was here and I was headed to the Grand Canyon with 21 days worth of food, booze and clothes with five family members, one boyfriend, one high school friend, one college friend, two friends of the family and four unknown friends.
For living outside for 21 days, we had things pretty good. We were lucky enough to have the chef from Buckhorn Springs retreat center, who also happens to be my mother, plan the menu. Every day we were overwhelmed with organic vegetables, local meat, fresh eggs from Buckhorn chickens and talented chefs to put it all together. We utilized solar showers, slept on plush paco pads and enjoyed luxuries no backpacker could consider such as Ashland's own Caldera beer.
However, rafting a river that has it's own rating system is no piece of cake. Every day we packed up, lashed down and geared up for BIG water. Thanks to four skilled and experienced rower friends, our four 18-foot rafts miraculously appeared from the deadly holes of Crystal rapid and cheese grater of Lava, unharmed. Aside from my mom's knee to my face in Hermit, several uncomfortable swims and swallowed water there were no major injuries.
With great health, good runs and perfect weather the trip went flawlessly and will remain the trip of a lifetime. Special thanks to Nancy Morgan for giving the whole group Organic Cotton Yala promo shirts, which (almost) everyone saved until the end as our only clean clothes left!
Until Next Time,
Lauren of Team Yala