Returning to Rim Life after 9 days rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon has been a surreal experience.
This is a place of extremes, and we were either roasting in the heat of the day, shivering after dunks in the icy water, or pulling cacti out of out legs and feet for so much of the time.
But then there was laying outside every night, watching the stars and the moon light up the canyon walls, delicious food cooked on a beach in the most picturesque setting, flying through the air, weightless over a big rapid, the peace that the constant sound of rushing water brings, deep conversations with no distractions, and the pull of the canyon walls looming overhead at all times.
Relatively few people get to see this part of the park, and I'm feeling pretty grateful to be one of them.
This is my mom, looking out over all that beauty. #grandcanyon #optoutside #wildernessculture