A few people that have posted on this thread have reminded me of two great trips in my life.
1st trip, I took 2 of my nieces 11yrs and 16yrs old down the Green river 2 years ago at a post dam record flow of 42K. It was 8 days on the water. Neither had been camping. Neither had spent more than 5-7 days away from their parents. Neither had ever been on a raft or anything other than their dads 15' fishing boat. Neither had ever been out of the state of Texas or really strayed to much further than between Ft Worth and San Antonio, (Sea World) Other than one time to Ark. to visit an Aunt. The older of the 2 girls was, and still is, a girlie girl with all of a typical 16 year old ideas for a girl of that age (very neat, a lil gossipie, does nails, hair very important, thinks alot of what others think of her ect.) Sense they really never had been out of their somewhat shell, I decided to leave 7 days early and show them some of the greatest things the West has to offer! After I picked them up in Ft Worth we headed to Grand Canyon (South rim Desert View camp ground) for 3 days. Never dipped below the rim but they go to see pretty much all of the south rim. They where completely blown away. Unable to fathom the size of just one canyon among hundreds with in the main canyon. We even got to celabrate the younger nieces 12th birthday at El Tovar @ South Rim Village! Then it was off to Moab UT. On the way we took the off the beaten path drive. Moab of course grabbed their attention in a different way but still loved it! After Moab and the area for 24 hours, we met up with our group in Green River UT. the next day. Then launched on our 8 day rafting trip a day after that. Other than the misquitos at the put in at Deso Grey (which sucked ass for me rigging my boat) that was the only negative thing on our entire trip! The younger of the two, is a lot more of a tom boy than her sister, by a long shot! Both of them had a trip of a life time and want to go again! With all the animals that area has to offer, they saw it! 4 bears (2 of them cubs) rattle snake, rams, eagle, on and on! They still talk about it. I think that was awesome taking them both. They will be able to reflect on that trip together forever.
My friends thanked me for bringing them on the trip many times. They said they had a hoot watching them just experience every thing from seeing the beaches to the rapids the animals, very old native art, hikes and of course night Bocce ball!
The time is now Jan 2013, I was invited on a 18 day GC trip with a permit holder out of CO. to launch late May. A family trip. The TL had a daughter almost same age, seemed like a perfect fit. The older niece couldn't make this trip because of the typical list of things a young adult (17 years old about to be 1
has in her life at that time with high school coming to an end, work, new wheels, boys, and collage about to start. So, it is late May and my younger niece is jumping up and down w/ glee at Lee's ferry! Just 2 years prior she was standing at South Rim Village seeing it for the 1st time and now gets to run the best of the West and has heard many stories of this epic place and what it has to offer! A little nervous, but ready to launch as my passenger on my 18' boat. She only new me, and met one of my best friends that kayaked it as the 3 of us drove out to Flagstaff AZ. All the other people where all new faces for the 3 of us. I don't think she got tired of it or bored for one second? Every day was just more action and a new unbelievable adventure! Lots of animals that time of year! The people on that trip where fantastic. Everybody gelled well. When we where standing at our take out at Peirce Ferry on day 18, she said "Uncle B, when can we come back"?!!
I'm quite sure she will have rivers in her sight for many years to come.
As everybody is different, you never know what the out come will be?
If he goes, post up and let the Buzzards hear about it.
Where all just wishing we where on the trip anyway.
Cheers, Uncle B