Grand Canyon - Day 6 - Monday 4/26/2021

Our call to Coffee and OJ, then breakfast of bagels, yogurt, and peaches; included a request to pre-pack sandwich for lunch to save time when we made our lunchtime stop.

After a half-dozen rapids including Bedrock, Deubendorff, and Upset Rapids we arrived at our surprise destination. For our lunch break, we stopped at Habasu Canyon. After shimmying along a cliff face above the rapids (with life vests on), we headed back into the Chasm without vests, joking that the fall would kill us before we hit the water.

Eventually we made it to shore level after passing a beautiful waterfall and were treated to the most gorgeous place on Earth. The oasis was too amazing to be real. It truly looked like a Theme Park set with aquamarine flowing water, tropical plants, orange boulders, and a lush grassy knoll. We crossed a stream and enjoyed our sandwiches. 

Trent passed us by claiming we’d find bikini clad girls around the next bend, but we waited at our relaxation spot for reports upon his return.

This was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon even though it was a bit chilly and overcast. This definitely beat hanging out anyplace else in the world.

Eventually, we packed up and headed back to our rafts as we still had another 3-4 rapids, including the BIG ONE! Lava Falls, the #10 on Grand Canyon scale of 1-10. 

The day on the raft ended at Mile 184. We unloaded just as the wind and rain started. It looked like our black-tie closing evening was going to be a wash out. We did manage to setup a little tent city with about 8 tents lined up cleanly in our part of the campsite.

As we sat organizing our tents to minimize tracking wet sand everywhere ... along came the guides with shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, served to us in our cozy little cabanas. Then with a call of great confidence we heard "those who want Rare or Medium Rare head to the grills first."

We were treated to the best NY Strips I’ve had, since my trip to Kansas City. We also had baked potatoes with all the fixings. A great dinner was topped off with Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream. Yum!