Sunday, September 28th... continued.
I wish that I had thought to take a picture of where we tied up, it was a rocky shoreline that required climbing up and over big boulders. I started to get out of the raft with Jim and Dar, but KJ said no, I was to stay in the raft. Time was of the essence and the others were waiting for him and it would have taken me much longer. So I stayed.
He seemed to be in a hurry when he came back. He told us to remove our hats and sunglasses then stashed them in one of the waterproof storage bins. That's when I started getting really nervous. Then he reminded us how we were to sit - lean forward into the raft, not backward. The fact that he thought he had to remind us made me even more nervous. Then he said we're going first! Good grief, we almost never go first!
And then we were on our way...
Patrick had his GoPro camera and took standard-motion video of every raft (except his, of course). But he also had another digital camera with which he shot slow-motion video of several rafts! I asked, and he gave me permission, to use some screen shots of KJ's raft (the one I was in) going through. The images below are courtesy of Patrick Grelier, and used with his permission. Thank you, Patrick!
Patrick didn't capture our entrance into Lava Falls with the slow-motion camera so the first two images are wide-angle shots from the GoPro. They also show how small the raft is compared to some of those waves. Huge waves. Tiny, tiny boat.
Then it kept turning us...
It was still pretty darned rough.
Maybe we should be thankful that we were going backward...
Nearly through that wave... but totally drenched.
Control regained. Sort of.
Approaching the 4th wave...
Less than 30 seconds. Probably the most exhilarating 30 seconds of my life! It was Awesome!
Once everyone was through, we gathered together on the river for a little celebration as we always did after safely "conquering" a major rapid. Then it was three more miles down the river to our campsite at Hell's Hollow.
At camp that night, we all got to view the slow-motion videos on the tiny screen of Patrick's camera and were even more psyched about the run through Lava Falls Rapid. About half-way through the run, Tom and the paddle raft had gotten turned around too and went backwards for a while. Allison, Chelly, Justin, and Matt all had nearly flawless runs; they made the run look easy. It wasn't. It was a combination of skill and good fortune that got us all through safely.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Note: The page Grand Canyon Raft Trip lists all of my posts published about this Grand Adventure!
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 12 - Part 2 :: Vulcan's Anvil to Lava Falls Rapid," Kinexxions, posted November 11, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/11/day-12-part-2-lava-falls-rapid.html : accessed [access date])