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Old 10-13-2011   #1
 
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This is what the public thinks of us?

There's an article in the Daily Camera (Boulder's Charly Heavenrich returns from Grand Canyon with 'Unimagined Gifts' - Boulder Daily Camera) that includes this gem concerning one man's trip into the GC: "I had a very clear sensation of non-physical arms wrapping around me, as if to say, 'Welcome home, brother,'" Heavenrich said Wednesday. "The deeper I got into the canyon, the deeper it got into me."

I've been there 3 times, and mercifully never got choked by this sort of horsecrap pretentiousness. I don't know where to begin with this one, but I thought it might be a fun dialogue starter on the Buzz, especially with the lack of water around here...

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Have you done the big ditch?

Not quite the same as my experience, but there is some mystical shit going on in there.
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Not into the metaphysical mysticism at all...but I love the Grand for what it is. It is an amazing place for sure, I just am not one of those people who sees and hears things that aren't there
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sounds like he loves some shrooms.
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Sounds like someone is still feeling the after effects of Burning Man. Burners are super duper annoying.
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No doubt there is something of the mystical/mythical going on down there--an amazing spot. You wake up every morning in awe, the first hours on river in the same state... Maybe there's something of the cornball here. And I don't know where to begin with, "The deeper I got into the canyon, the deeper it got into me." Maybe I'm used to Ed Abbey. One man's prose as another man's club to the skull, etc.
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There is lots of energy down there, if you are willing and able to experience it. Powerful, very powerful. Personally I think it has a lot to do with removing yourself from daily life, completely losing connection with a normal schedule and experiencing nothing non-natural (excluding our gear of course, but no buildings, lawns, signs, etc). I found Phantom shockingly offensive to my senses, and don't really want to stop there next time I go. I'd love to just get water and float by, but I doubt that will happen.
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The Grand Canyon seems to attract news articles that are hardly news.

The Durango Herald 10/03/2011 | Imig takes Grand Canyon raft spill

Concussions can be serious, but would you call for a helicopter for it? Seems a bit much and expensive when you are just about done anyway. And why are we hearing about it in the newspaper? Did these guides not know where the hole was?
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Come on Marc, it's Boulder - you should embrace it. They talk like this hippy in City Council meetings.
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The guy's a writer. Have you heard of a metaphor? He has to make it sound dramatic so that customers will drop a few grand to see The Grand.

On a side note, I'm kind of sick of people trying to explain the deep sensations they experience through their outdoor activities. Have you ever listened to "The Dirtbag Diaries" podcast? There's a couple good stories in there if you can wade through the dribble about the transformative experiences that occur when such and such's hand touches a granite rock wall. You ditched your job to monkey up a rock wall, get over it.
Must be the end of kayak season, everybody's bitching - including myself.
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