In today’s world full of technology, stress and mod cons our adventurous spirit has gone into hiding. It can probably be found hiding under a blanket of spreadsheets and to-do-lists, the most adventurous we get is trying to cross the road during rush hour.
So when our eCommerce Executive, Simon swapped coding for the Colorado River on an eight day Grand Canyon Adventure we couldn’t wait to hear all about it. With no access to emails, no mobile signal, camping under a blanket of stars and no other tour groups in sight, this is adventure at its best.
1. What were the first things that went through your mind as you laid eyes on the mighty Colorado River and this epic landscape?
When you first arrive at the rafts, the Colorado River is clear and gentle and the Grand Canyon walls are low and unintimidating. But soon after you get going you’re quickly reminded where you are as you drift below the Navajo Bridges, the canyon walls begin to rise and you hear your first introduction to the sound of approaching rapids.
2. Despite being in the desert, there is an abundance of wildlife here - what did you get to see on your trip?
It’s hard to believe any wildlife can make the Grand Canyon its home, but we were lucky enough to see plenty of Bighorn Sheep, Blue Herons, California Condors, Peregrine Falcons as well as lizards, dragonflies and huge butterflies.
3. There are lots of great trails through the canyon, what were you favourite hikes and why?
All the hikes were fantastic, but to choose two favourites I’d pick Matkatamiba Canyon & Havasu Creek. In Matkatamiba Canyon we did a short hike into a huge natural amphitheatre with giant cliff walls and a clear stream flowing through, attracting a variety of colourful plants and butterflies. Heading back to the rafts involved scrambling through narrows, wading through pools and slipping through slot canyons.
Havasu Creek was also a favourite stop-off for everyone on the trip, simply for the incredible contrast of colours. The water runs through the Creek a vibrant turquoise blue, created by magnesium in the water, and when set against a backdrop of rich red rock the result is stunning.
4. What was it about this trip that made it feel like a real adventure?
At times this trip gives you the feeling you’re on an expedition. You’re miles away from civilization, you have no telephone or internet and you rarely cross paths with people on the river!
What were your highlights on your eight days on the Colorado River?
For me the rapids were the biggest highlight of the trip. Crashing through the waves while sat up front is something you won’t forget in a hurry. But also the hikes to waterfalls and narrow creeks, the food each night, the experienced guides and the great group I had to share my experience - all made this the trip of a lifetime.