Day 40: White Water Rafting with the Stewarts

The morning started with a wonderful homeade breakfast of french toast, eggs, bacon, Trader Joe’s dark roast coffee, and good friends to wake up with. We are so thankful the Stewarts welcomed us into their home and allowed us to crash.

Two years ago we went white water rafting in Idaho Springs. It was early June after a very snowy winter and the rapids were pretty insane. I recall our guide, Crawfish, saying our beginner course was really more of an intermediate one due to the harsh conditions. Today, in mid July, after one of the driest winters in recent history, our adventure was definitely more of just a rafting trip rather than a white water rafting course.

Our rafting guide was Ana and she was awesome. We told her we had Crawfish last time and she informed us that he no longer lives in his car in the parking lot (but she does!), but had moved into the boathouse. When we mentioned his name, she knew we had experienced a more than intense trip, as he seems to go above and beyond to make things rougher than necessary. We told her that we were up for it again and she did her best, given the conditions, to add a little spunk into the trip down Clear Creek.

After the rafting we went to lunch at Westbound and Down Brewery with the Stewarts before taking them up on their offer to spend two weeks with them next year and saying our goodbyes.

I have to say that seeing the Stewarts, the Berrys, and Ranger Mike have been really special parts of this trip. 46 days is a really long time to go without seeing familiar faces and talking with others. We are so fortunate to have friends who are willing to put up with us for periods of time. So, if we are ever in your neck of the woods and you want to take part in a little of our chaos, we’d happily take you up on your offer.

After departing Idaho Springs we made our way to Rocky Mountain National Park and chose a campsite at Timber Creek. We made a quick stop at the Visitor’s Center and then spent the rest of the day enjoying the town of Grand Lake. It was another awesome day!

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