There are no two Grand Canyon trips alike. Whether on the Canyon for six days or three weeks….few people experience a trip without going home with dreams about the next time to get back to the Canyon–that next time possibly being the following year, or many years later. This summer two separate groups hit the Canyon—all veteran Canyon boaters, albeit nearly twenty years’ ago for most of them. Both trips included good friends—but more importantly, their own kids!!
These special trips included quite the crew of kids. The youngest, Jesse, 10 years old and the oldest, Evan at 25. There were two sets of twins, two father-son teams, and two brother and sister teams. These were truly trips that typified the dream Grand Canyon trip: sharing one of the most amazing places in the world with the most special people in your life—your kids.
Does bringing your kids along change the dynamics of a trip? Imagine that rather than beer rafts, there is a “library raft” carrying homework assignments, school books and Kindles full of books to read (although what do you guess there were still probably beer bags trailing the rafts); at the same time that the kitchen and groovers need to be set up, so do kids need to be settled in, sun screened, hydrated, fed, encouraged to write in journals and eventually put to bed!
Read more on what it was like for these two groups of river rats this summer to experience the Grand Canyon….