One of our highlights of the trip is a 4 day canoe trip down the Colorado river. Our friends Kenita and Linda decided to fly out to Moab to join us for this adventure. The 50 mile strip from Moab/Potash to the confluence of the Green River and the Colorado river is a very calm stretch of water. So it's easy to do even with no canoeing experience. You basically rent the equipment from an Outfitter. They drop you in the water, give you a map with suggestions for camps and hikes on shore. You paddle down the river and after a few days, they pick you up in a motor boat and drive you back. The water is still pretty cold around this time of the year, but we quickly figured how to maneuver the boot and managed not to fall in the water and get wet.
What a great way to experience Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado river. I had no idea how much fun this would be. This was truly one of the most amazing experiences I had. The serenity of the river, the red rocks surrounding you…being away from all the tourists and alone in nature really is a completely different experience. We did about 15 miles a day on the river. But sometimes took brakes and just floated down without paddling. Even if you just float with the current, you can still go 4-6 miles an hour. We stopped for lunches and then picked places on the map to put up camp for the night. Canyonlands is one of the last, relatively undisturbed areas of the Colorado Plateau and besides a couple of other canoeing or rafting groups we ran into, we had the river all to ourselves. We saw ancient ruins and petroglyphs, hiked through a slot canyon to a waterfall and made a fire in a cave when it got windy. We laughed a lot and were just happy to be with friends that are dear to us. These are memories I will never forget! It's hard to describe and the pictures really don't do justice of how beautiful it looks, but here are some fun shots from the trip.