The premise of Cataract Canyon is simple. Board a raft (really a few rafts connected together), meet your guides and fellow rafters, float. Swim in the water to make the air feel bearable, eat food that you don’t have to cook (bonus) and float. Hike through the mesas and river plateaus, learn some history you should remember from school but you don’t, and you float. By the time we were well on our way, I had to ask, ‘are we there yet?’ Spending time with my parents, aunt, cousin, aunt’s 3 friends, my fiance, brother and his girlfriend leads to great family time and conversation as we came from all over the US, but really? This is ALL we do? Float? In the complete open air with nothing around you, I was beginning to feel claustrophobic! Where was my phone? What were my friends doing? How was our dog? What was new in the world, if it were to be destroyed, we would have no clue! At the end of our first day the guides help you set up camp; cots, sleeping bags, chairs, tents if you want them, everything you need! Then they cook you appetizers and dinner while you can drink some wine and let them do the work. While sitting around, it hit me – we were there. This was it, we were where we were supposed to be… take a day to debrief and just be. No phones, tvs, outlets to the outside world, no distraction or work, nothing that ‘has to be done.’ Just time – time to be with those around you. Time to experience a place so hidden and untouched from the outside world. Peaceful. Quiet. And, when the stars come up at night you know you’re not in Kansas anymore, and it is a feeling of awe.