2011-06-11-Yampa-1090

59 Years for Dee & Sue, 49 years for Holiday River Expeditions

    By Tim “TJ” Sattelmeier   The founders of Holiday River Expeditions, Dee and Sue Holladay have just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. H.E. began 10 years later in 1965. Four years earlier on their 55th anniversary they celebrated with a family Westwater Canyon river trip. Sue said in an interview, “I have been Read More

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Strengthening Family Bonds on Multi-Generational River Trips

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.  ~ Novelist Jane Howard By Peta Owens-Liston Blood is thicker than water, so goes the old adage, and days on the river with family serves to strengthen the ties Read More

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Currents of Change

Currents of change have found their way from the river canyons to our cozy Holiday River office;  Tammy Holladay Jones our 27 year Trip Director and life long Holiday river runner will be leaving at year’s end for an exciting new adventure working for Utah Paperbox right here in Salt Lake City. Trained by her Read More

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Motor-less Memories

  By Lauren Wood Martin Litton, a beloved environmentalist and harbinger for wilderness died November 30th, but his legacy lives on in the policies and parks he fought for and the friends he influenced along the way. Dee Holladay and Martin Litton met at a Western River Guides Association meeting in 1972’.  As Sue Holladay Read More

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Behind the Oars: Reflections from a Rafting Guide

By Lauren Wood Traveling all over the country and meeting dozens of community members who live near or are affected by rivers, I am constantly reminded of the growing Climate Justice movement’s catch phrase, “Water is Life”.  This statement seems obvious enough but to me and for many of these activists and river-lovers, this pithy Read More

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Cataract Canyon Rafting, the Holiday way

  by Julie Trevelyan   Oars slip quietly into the water and pull, stroking and skimming and powering their craft through. Cheerful laughter echoes against the canyon walls, as does the harsh, inquisitive caw of a raven flying overhead. It is so quiet you can hear the flap of sleek ebony wings as the raven Read More

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You enable others to enjoy, appreciate and respect the river environment.

    Dear Dee, It had been 18 years since my first Cataract Canyon rafting trip and 8 years since my last trip; both with Holiday River Expeditions. My return to Cataract Canyon on a 6 day trip on August 3rd; this time with my sons, Bryan and Sean, and son-in-law, Jake, was not a Read More

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No Slouches Allowed! Holiday’s Guides Required to Master Rigorous Medical Training

    by Peta Owens-Liston   Despite the fun-loving and spirited nature of Holiday’s guides, they are a serious-minded, vigilant bunch when it comes to the safety of their guests. They have to be, otherwise, they wouldn’t work for Holiday; a company that requires them to jump through some rigorous hoops in dealing with emergency Read More

2011-06-11-Yampa-1090

River Currents Blog ~ A Message from Founders Dee & Sue Holladay

  The canyons we float and ride through have been here long before Holiday River Expeditions, but in our humblest way we are celebrating our 46th year of river running, hiking and just being in the presence of such grand places and people. It’s been interesting to observe the changes in ourselves, our company, our Read More

2011-06-11-Yampa-1090

Reflecting on Six Reasons I’ve Enjoyed Working For Holiday River Expeditions

By Joe Ballent   What better time of year to reflect on all that for which we’re most grateful?  Many of us are surrounded by friends, family, and good food.  In reflecting back on another year, I’m inevitably and incredibly thankful to have gotten involved with Holiday River Expeditions and the amazing people that work Read More