Saturday, October 4, 2014

Arizona Trip Day 3/4: Off to Utah

Day 3 in Arizona consisted of packing up and getting ready to head north into Utah. It was quite an undertaking to get all the gear and food together for the trip. Megan's husband, Nate, did all the work and the trip truly couldn't have happened without him. When we got to the river the sun was setting. We unpacked, set up camp and prepared to take off in the morning. Again, Nate was the mastermind behind all of this. It was actually relatively cool for the desert so we were happy we could do all of this without sweating to death. 

When we woke up in the morning we moved the car, packed the rafts and started out on the river. During this time of year the river is low so it was mostly paddling and sometimes even pushing. Since I was 20 weeks pregnant at the time I simply sat under the umbrella at the back of the raft and ate tootsie pops... it wasn't too shabby. 

The crew...we are off!
 On the first day Tom used the stand up paddle board, Megan used the duckie and Nate and I were in the raft with all of the gear. 
Tom getting the hang of the paddle board
Megan in the duckie
Everywhere we looked at all times was amazingly beautiful. Canyon walls were all around us and the sky was so blue. The water was pretty muddy but Utah did not disappoint. The other big positive was we were the only people in sight. We saw animals but we did not see other people until day 3 on the river. 

During part of the float we pulled off to see some petroglyphs. I am fascinated by the lives of those who lived in this part of the country so long ago. There were also shelters built into the canyon walls. This was all pretty incredible to see.

After our short hike and peek into history it was back to the water and onto our campsite. When we got to camp it was getting pretty cloudy and storms seemed to be threatening. I will admit, I was a bit concerned about desert storms and the water level on the river rising. Luckily, the storms missed us and the water level rose just enough to make the next day more enjoyable but not too much action for this pregnant mama.

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