Page Lambert's River Writing Journey, "The Odyssey"


Highlights

• Personal Writing Instruction

• The Mighty Colorado River Experince
• Fun and Splashy Rapids
• Great History

Trip Rates

Adults: $1,450.00
*Does not include taxes & government user fees

Trip Length:

5 Days/ 4 Nights

Host City:

Moab, Utah 

Minimum Age:

18 Yrs Old

Rapids:

II-IV (Depending on Water Levels)

2016 Dates:

August 29

Boats

Oarboats

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RIVER ODYSSEY

The Heroine’s Journey into the World of Water

Featuring Return Guest Ellen McLaughlin

Award-winning Author, Playwright, and Actor

Yes, Ellen is coming back to the river!

5 Days/4 Nights in Ruby Horsetheif & Westwater  Canyon on the Colorado River

Like Odysseus, whose only way home was by way of the sea, many of our journeys involve elemental water. We answer the call to adventure, lighting out into the unknown where we encounter not only the magnificence of this watery world, but our very souls. The journey is the human journey, each one a reckoning with self as we step into these elemental waters. And when we return, we carry that most precious cargo: the essence of story.

 

ABOUT ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN

Ellen’s Greek plays have been produced nationally and internationally and include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen, The Persians and Oedipus. Perhaps best known for originating the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Ellen has appeared in every U.S. production of the play through its run on Broadway. Grants and awards include: Great American Play Contest, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the NEA, the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and the Berilla Kerr Award for Playwriting. Ellen has taught at Yale Drama School, Princeton and Bread Loaf School of English, and has been teaching at Barnard College in NYC since 1995.

 

"For someone who spends most of her life in dark theaters, the thought of getting out on the bright water again with a bunch of spirited women sounds like heaven." Ellen McLaughlin.

 

THE NATURAL WORLD UNLEASES POWERFUL CREATIVE ENERGY. This is not a workshop but it is a great place for journaling and contemplation. Creative discussions take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars. “We re-discover unique parts of ourselves in the natural world. We inspire each other in uniquely feminine ways." Previous writing experience is not necessary. Journals will be provided as well as written material for you to take home. Personal writing time is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, optional hiking, relaxing on shore, and “circling up” with Page and the other river women and guides.

 

 

 

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"“Page, thank you so much for making the rafting trip possible—and wonderful. I've imagined a river trip for years and this exceeded my expectations!”

Libby,  August 2012

"“This is truly a wonderful adventure—physically, mentally, spiritually. Was so great that our focus was nature, poetry, writing. In spite of sand-in-the-hair, I didn't hear complaints! I will certainly recommend your trips to others. Our co-rafter/writer, my traveling partner, made a number of calls in the car as we drove home, praising the trip to the skies, telling everyone they needed to do it.”

Carol C, August 2012

"This is a fantastic trip! I have experienced this women-only trip twice now and it is terrific. The Sheri Griffith company is excellent, the guides were super and both times the trip brought together amazing women. Rafting, hiking, camping, great food... a fabulous trip start to finish!"
Julie S, August 2013

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Dates

Trip Rate

Adult.....................$1,450.00

Trip Date 2016

August 29

2 day Cataract Canyon booking

 What This Rate Includes:

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Full Days on the River:

Camping Gear: Clean Sleeping Bag, Pad, & Tent

Oarboats

All Camping Equipment

Great Hikes in Westwater Canyon

Quality Guides: Highly Experienced, Professional, & Licensed

High Quality and Quantity Meals:

Iced Coolers on boats

Lemonade, Iced Water, and Gatorade: Coffee, teas, hot cocoa, and juice available in camp.

Professional women guides on every raft

Optional one-on-one consultations with Page

Water resistant journals and pouches

Writing time, personal time, group facilitation, and fun!

Trip Deposit: $300 per person deposit required upon reservation. Full balance due 45 days prior to departure.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Minimum Age: 18 years old

What is not included in trip fares:

Guide Gratuities by no means required but always appreciated by our guides. We recommend 10-20% of the cost of the river portion of the trip.

Transportation to Moab Utah.

Lodging and meals prior to or following your expedition (except where noted.) Click to see list of quality places to stay in Moab Utah.

Government user fees and taxes (about 6% of trip cost.)


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Itinerary

Arrival Day There will be a “no-host” dinner after the orientation (held at 5:00 PM the evening before departure at the SGE office). Page will join everyone for dinner. Page will 'set the stage' for the trip with some inspirational, creative facilitation.

Day 1 We meet early the morning of departure at the Sheri Griffith Expeditions office. We then drive two hours to Colorado to the launch site on the Colorado River, load the boats and head down stream. Once on the Colorado River, you will receive a river orientation and meet your other guides and fellows guests. The first part of this adventure places you in the midst of stark and dramatic desert landscapes. Today is a lazy day on the river as you adjust to the relaxed pace. You’ll stop to hike as well as for lunch where the guides will provide fresh food so you can create your own deli masterpiece. You will reach camp by early evening and enjoy a generous, delicious dinner prepared fresh by your guides. The camps on this stretch are large and offer a variety of great hikes. Camp is on a remote beach, with time to reflect, write, and share time with Page. The guides prepare a hearty balanced dinner.

Days 2 & 3 We board the rafts after breakfast and float deeper into the canyon. These first few days provide opportunities for extraordinary exploration. Page will work with us individually and collectively as we float down the river, and will continue her program at camp that evening. We will have a “layover” camp, where we stay in the same camp for 2 nights. There’s ample time for writing, singing, working with Page one-on-one, hiking, and sharing stories.

Day 4 After a hearty breakfast, we push-off. The guides take time to teach you how to enjoy the rapids safely. Then the fun really begins. The focus is on the rapids, our journals stowed in waterproof boxes for now. Here are the incredible rapids you have been waiting for: Little Hummer, Funnel Falls, Last Chance Rapid, and of course, the infamous Skull Rapid. We pull off to camp and write about the experience while the emotions are fresh and vibrant.

Day 5There will be chance to swim and enjoy the river as you float out of Westwater Canyon. Lunch is a fresh buffet on the riverbank. The ride back to Moab will be filled with Stories of the hole in ‘Sock-It-To-Me’ and the beautiful sunset the night before. The van returns you to Moab around 6-6:30 PM (MDT).
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Map

Maps of Westwater Canyon Rafting

Westwater Canyon lies between Grand Junction, Colorado and Moab, Utah on the Colorado River. This canyon has become one of the most popular whitewater destinations in the American West.

National Geographic called it "the best short whitewater trip in the west." Westwater Canyon has a colorful history of miners, outlaws, cowboys, engineers, and river enthusiasts. Westwater's unique geology creates awe inspiring vistas and exciting whitewater.

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Westwater Canyon Information:

River: The Colorado River
Rapid Rating: Class III-IV(Depending on Water Levels)
Put in: Loma or Westwater Ranger Station
Take-out location: Cisco
River Miles: 17 or 31
Number of rapids 16
First to run Westwater Canyon: Bert Loper and Ellsworth Kolb in 1916



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Required Forms:

Please print, sign and return the required forms (for each person in your party) to our office by email, fax or mail at least 45 days prior to your trip.

Trip Risk Forms

Guest Registration

 

Trip Document in PDF's

Moab Trip Planner:

Packing List

Trip Itinerary


Travel Insurance:

Transportation to Moab

Preferred Lodging Guide:

Faxed Reservation Form

Helpful Links

Canyonlands National Park: Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Arches National Park: Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

Dinosaur National Monument: Dinosaur National Monument protects a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones--remains of the so-called "terrible lizards" that lived millions of years ago.

Moab Travel Council: A great resource on Moab area trails, hotels, and other great things to do in Moab.

Links to Area Information

Moab Weather

Water Levels

How to get to Moab

Where to staying Moab

What to do other than rafting

Questions about the trip:

Cancellation Policy and Trip Insurance:

Sheri Griffith Expeditions has a NO REFUND policy. Since you have reserved space for which we have a limited number of seats, our non-refundable policy applies in every instance. There are no exceptions for any reason, so we highly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to protect your vacation investment. Please take some time to visit the following website www.travelinsure.com/affiliate/selecthigh.htm?32219, which contains information about Travel Insurance.

How to book a trip

There are several easy ways to make a reservation. Easiest is to click on the “book online” button on your trip or at the top of the screen. You can always give us a call at 800-332-2439. You can also download Reservation PDF and fax it in (435)-259-2226 or mail it to us at Po Box 1324 Moab UT 84532.

Deposits and Reservations

For 1 day trips full payment is required at time of booking. For multiday trips a non-refundable $300/person deposit is required at the time of reservation. The balance is due 45 days prior to departure. After making your reservation you will receive a reservation packet that will include a packing list, helpful travel hints, travel insurance information, a beverage request form, and a guest registration form. Please fill out the guest registration form and send or fax back quickly. If you find you are unable to participate in the trip that you booked, but would like to transfer your trip to the following year, there will be a charge of $300 per participant if the change is made at least 3 weeks prior to your departure date.

Non-Performance

We make every effort to follow through on our plans. However, we reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary or possibly cancel a trip if necessary including but not limited to weather conditions, water fluctuations, insufficient reservations, changes in international relations, or other factors beyond our control. If cancellation is necessary, your money will be refunded. Our financial liability shall be limited to the amount actually paid and shall not be extended to cover any other costs incurred by the trip member.

Orientation:

The evening before the trip we meet at our office (2231 South Highway 191) at 5 pm (MDT) in Moab for a trip orientation. Here you will learn what to expect and prepare for, receive your dry bags, sign the Assumption of Risk forms, and get a chance to ask any last questions. If you are not going to be able to make this please let us know ahead of time.

Beverages:

If you would like any personal beverages while on the river, i.e., sodas, beer, wine, etc., you can bring them with you the morning of departure and we will place them in iced coolers. We provide some sodas, water, lemonade and Gatorade mixes and tea, juice and coffee in the mornings.

Tipping:

Guests often ask whether gratuities are appropriate, and in what amount. If you feel your guides have provided a very special trip for you, a gratuity may be left with the trip leader and will be shared among the crew. Entirely discretionary, anything between 15% and 20% of the trip cost is a general tipping guideline. If you plan to tip, remember to bring a personal check or cash—ATM’s are hard to find in the backcountry! PLEASE, do not make out checks to Sheri Griffith Expeditions. If you are writing check please make it out to the Trip Leader.  NOTE: we cannot take credit card gratuities.

Hiking and Physical Requirements:

If you are of an adventurous spirit and in reasonably good health, you should have no problem enjoying any of our trips. It’s not necessary to be an athlete to participate in a river expedition. However, It is several hours to the nearest medical center. If you take medication you should bring a good supply and inform your guide of all medication that you are taking. When you meet your guide, you should discretely explain any medical conditions you may have or be concerned about including allergies to bee stings, etc. Each guide carries a first aid kit and will need to know if specific medicines should be stored. It’s also helpful to know about other health issues when planning activities for the day. Pregnant women and anyone with heart trouble should have their physician’s approval before taking a river trip.

Safety, and Assumption of Risk

We maintain an excellent safety record, since 1971. However, all outdoor experiences involve risk and we all must recognize that accidents or illnesses may occur. We cannot guarantee your safety. We place final responsibility for your safety firmly on your shoulders where it belongs. You have to pay attention to what you are doing. Mother Nature controls the water level, the weather and the elements, so there is a risk involved in rafting and camping. Before your trip departs, you will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release Form. We assume no responsibility for injury to trip members, their personal belongings or, for time and expense incurred. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance, which covers vacation losses and accidents and provides a refund if you have to cancel your trip.

Parking, luggage and valuables:

We have a gated parking lot at our office for your vehicles while you are on the river. We also have a safe room for luggage and valuables while you a re on the river.

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