Welcome to Tom and Jana's 2005
Grand Canyon Rafting Journal,
with Bonus Stops at Zion National Park
and Walnut Canyon National Monument


Hi, this is Jana speaking. Usually Tom writes the intro page and then turns it over to me for the main journal text, but since this is a trip I FORCED him to go on, I'll start here.

In 1983, when I was 12 years old, my dad, Ed Neighbors, took my brother Mark and I on a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He had taken our brother Brian a couple of years previous, and I was crazy jealous, so now it was my turn. Although it was one of the best trips of my life, there was a huge flood on the river that year, and my dad claimed the whitewater wasn't as good as the first time he went. He promised to take me again in a few years. Always good to his word, before I graduated from high school, Dad and I took the trip again, and he was right. The water was big!

A few years ago my brother Brian said when his sons got old enough, he wanted to take them on the same trip. I said, well, I'm going too! So the last two summers we took a one-day rafting trip on the Ocoee River in Tennessee and a two-day trip down the Chattooga River on the South Carolina-Georgia border to see if the boys even liked rafting. They passed the test, so we made our 2005 Colorado River plans.

Tom had no idea what the trip would entail, and I was at a loss to explain it because it's mostly inexplicable - you've just got to do it for yourself. So he was understandably skeptical as to whether it was worth the price. But I made him go, and in the end, I think he came to love this trip (almost) as much as me!

Day   1   Knoxville to the West
Day   2   Zion National Park
Day   3   Grand Canyon North Rim
Day   4   Day 1 on the River
Day   5   Day 2 on the River
Day   6   Day 3 on the River
Day   7   Day 4 on the River
Day   8   Day 5 on the River
Day   9   Grand Canyon to Flagstaff
Day 10   Walnut Canyon to Las Vegas then Home

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