A Lodore Canyon River Rafting Trip Down The Green River

July 01

2010-07-17-Lodore-884My trip with Holiday was the first whitewater rafting trip I had ever been on. The food was out of this world. The guides created wonderful meals with the Dutch oven and a small tank of propane that you wouldn’t think possible outside of a full kitchen (lasagna, filet mignon, omelets, muffins, brownies). And they always had the instant gratification table to soothe your hunger right when you get off the boats while they prepare the meals. The guides were enthusiastic, amicable, and very knowledgeable about the river. Also, it impressed me that Holiday left no visible imprint on the river or the campsites (picking up all food scraps, taking appropriate care of human waste, and telling kids to knock down the sand castles they made on the beach). This was important to me, to leave things as I found them and it was executed impeccably by the guides. The rapids were excellent too – we went on the Green River through the Gates of Lodore and the water was really high and the current fast. The guides maneuvered them safely and conservatively, while providing exceptional thrill. At no time did I ever think that I was going to fall out of the boat, though I was holding on pretty tight for some of the gnarly waves and rapids. The guides facilitated an excellent way to bond with close friends and make new friends too. The trip went way too fast and I would definitely consider Holiday at the forefront when I decide to make my next rafting trip and have already recommended to my family and friends.

By Ryan Bouckaert

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