Bittersweet Ends

Our last night. The evening after the rapids – the guides sure go out of their way throughout the whole trip to ensure that everyone has what they need and is having a good time. But, nothing like tonight. Everyone was dressed up; we ate shrimp and steak, they asked us to all put on our sheets like togas. After dinner, they played us music and sang river songs (with good voices!). Even though it meant one last night of sleeping outside, it also meant that we would be packing up for the last time tomorrow morning and our trip would be complete. It was bittersweet. Yes, it meant a shower instead of using biodegradable soap in a silty river, and indoor plumbing, and a bed. Oh yes, and walls, I love my family, but not necessarily that much in such close quarters…. But, it was lovely. It was no longer hard to wake up in the morning, or stay awake after a poor night’s sleep. It wasn’t hard to put on the same, smelly shirt, especially because we were all in the same boat, literally. After one more float down the river, it was 1PM. We had one more lunch on the raft before reaching the ‘marina’ which was really just a spot in the river and departed one last time. We said good-bye to new found friends and some of the best guides/leaders I have ever experienced. There was one last journey on a 6 passenger plane to get back to the Moab airport (they even have security), which was the scariest part for some, and we were back to the land of buildings, A/C and mirrors (scary!). While most of my family decided to stay in Moab for one more night, the 4 of us hopped back in the car. No shower or amenities for us, yet. We still had a 4.5 hour drive ahead of us. But, this time we were stopping en route to Denver, in probably the biggest contrast we could find from river and outdoor life; Vail..

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Leisure Travel Specialist at Travel Leaders (Stillwater Office)
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