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Traveling Solo

Traveling Solo Guests Who Go For It, Despite Not Knowing A Soul on the River…Yet “Live life without regrets.” That has been my simple mantra for several decades now, but not before I already had a muddled collection of “should-would-and-could haves.” Some regrets just bite you in the butt when you’re not looking; you didn’t Read More

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Young KINGs of Climate: How “Keep It in the Ground” is shaping the environmental movement.

We at Holiday can’t be greedy with our talented bloggers. In that vein, Kate Savage, the intrepid writer who has been discussing such curious creatures as lichen, desert varnish, pot-holes and cryptobiotic soil has recently taken a post writing for Grand Canyon Trust. The Trust is a wonderful organization protecting the ‘wild heart of the Read More

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Lichen Revolutions!

Lichen Revolutions! (plus that lichen users’ guide you’ve always been hoping for) It’s nature’s Jackson Pollock painting on the rocks. It’s finger-print evidence that a giant has been handling the boulders. It’s 1970s design inspiration, in seafoam green and burnt orange, encasing tiny goblets or exploding in fluffy shag.   It’s lichen, and it’s everywhere. Read More

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50 Ways to Cut an Onion: 6 decades of River-Rats Celebrate Dee Holladay and Holiday River Expeditions

By: Lauren Wood Ray’s Tavern was bustling with travelers, bikers and river-folk alike on the eve of the Holiday River 50th Anniversary weekend celebration. Like any other day at Ray’s, delicious smells wafted out of the brick building into the remote streets of Green River; acting like a homing beacon for river-guides far and wide. Read More

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Watersheds West of the Wasatch

I don’t know how to write this as a happy story. I don’t know how to talk about the Great Salt Lake right now without at least a bit of this heaviness settling into my gut and my chest.   There isn’t anything like it, this bizarre body of water. The Uinta mountains to the Read More

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Rhapsody on River Foam

  Guides call it ‘beaver vomit,’ the plumes of brown foam along the river. When you first see the lines of froth, you might suspect foul play and pollution. But long-time Holiday guide Lauren Wood reassured me: “This is the good stuff. This is a healthy river.” Lauren’s words, as they often do, cajoled me Read More

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Wild Woman of the Whitewater: the Story of Georgie White

In the Grand Canyon there’s a mean little rapid named Georgie. It’s named for a woman who, in her 70s, could still be found racing full-tilt down the canyon in a leopard-print leotard, a beer in her hand. Georgie White was born in 1911 in Oklahoma, and was actually named Bessie DeRoss. She was born Read More

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Hope in the Dark and Hope Behind the Dam: How a water crisis could re-wild a river

In 1963 the gates of Glen Canyon Dam shut, and the waters rose. Over the following 19 years, 186 miles of canyons sank under the water and mud, and with them sank over 4,000 ancient ruins and petroglyphs, and habitat for 79 plant species, 189 bird species, 34 kinds of mammals. But what do the Read More

White Rim Trip in Canyonlands, October 1-3.

Pockets of Life: The Living Legacy of Desert Potholes

In the city, a pothole is a failure. A spine-rattling bump on your way to work. A tsk-tsk to politicians hob-nobbing with lobbyists while our roads crumble under our feet. I’m not talking about cities, though, I’m talking about the desert. In the desert, a pothole is a tide pool abandoned by the ocean. In Read More

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From Those Who Need no Convincing : A Holiday take on Why Fodor’s listed Utah as the #1 Place to Visit in 2016

  Earlier this winter, Fodor’s top travel company picked Utah as the 2016 #1 places to visit in the World.  You don’t have to convince us! Folks join Holiday River  for the numerous whitewater river adventures we offer, but they keep coming back because there is simply too much to take in on one rafting Read More