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Spring has Sprung!

by Kristl 10. March 2016 08:06

Spring Has Sprung in Moab!

We are currently shaking off the cold and snow of winter, and LOVING the warm Spring weather here in Moab. Spring in Moab also means that our little town comes back to life and we start seeing lots of new faces!
             We've been looking for new guides, and we've found some great people who are excited to be getting out on the water this summer. We're also excited to see a lot of familiar faces making their way back to Moab as they finish up their winter employment and head for the sun!
Not only are river guides making their way back to Moab, many guests and long-time friends are coming into town to enjoy some of the great spring activities! With Spring Break comes Jeep Safari (Number 50 this year!!), The Skinny Tire Festival, The Moab Half Marathon, the April Action Car Show and RAFTING!! (OF COURSE!!)

Spring is a great time to start rafting near Moab. Westwater Canyon is really great in March and April with few crowds, lots of wildlife and fun whitewater. We include wetsuits and splash gear on all of our spring rafting trips. The Moab Daily Rafting trips are also really fun due to smaller crowds and mild whitewater. Check out one of these options if you are going to be in Moab during spring break!
             
If you want to wait just a bit for things to warm up, and you love YOGA, check out our Yoga In the Park trip in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River.
Another trip option for early May is our Whitewater School Rafting trip. Have you ever wanted to learn all about whitewater rafting and what it really takes to put on a great rafting trip? Whitewater School is for you! We train in reading water, rowing boats, outdoor cooking, camping, history, geology and games!               

If you can't tell, we are excited for spring to finally get here!  There are lots of ways to get out and play in the beautiful spring weather, and we aim to take advantage of as many of them as we can. We encourage you to do the same!

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POP Quiz Answers--Colorado River Edition

by Kristl 29. February 2016 06:44
So, we sent out a newsletter with a Colorado River Pop Quiz.  Here are the answers to the quiz!
 
   
Question #1
Where can this marker be found?
Answer:
B. Cataract Canyon

These markers can be found along the canyon where they were placed during the 2004 geological survey.  In a few years, they will be used for another survey.
 
Question #2:
Where can this pictograph be found?
Answer:
C. McDonald Canyon

We see this pictograph on our three day Westwater Canyon rafring trips.  There is a beautiful natural ampitheater here that will play host to a special concert this year as part of the Moab Music Festival.  See their website for more information.
  Question #3:
What is the name of the geological feature on the far right?
Answer:
A. Fisher Towers

The Fisher Towers are an amazing geological feature near the Colorado River.  Named after a miner who lived near them in the late 1800s, the towers are a favorite for climbing enthusiasts.  They are beautiful!
  Question #4:
Where can these hand prints be found?
Answer:
B Lathrop Canyon

Named after sheepman Howard Lathrop, Lathrop Canyon is full of pictographs and ancient structures.  We usually stop for a hike and lunch at Lathrop Canyon on our 5 or 6 Day Cataract Canyon rafting trips.
  Question #5:
Who are these awesome guides?
Answer:
C. Max, Jon, April and Eric

Did you know that you can request your favorite guide when you reserve your trip? We can't always guarantee that they will be on the trip, but we sure try!
  Question #6:
Where can this camp marker be found?
Answer: 
A. Westwater Canyon

One of the few camps in this beautiful canyon.  If you really want to enjoy the beauty of Westwater Canyon, sign up for a 2 or 3 day trip.  We take mroe time to hike and play in the canyon on the longer trips.
  Question #7:
What rapid is this inscription located near?
Answer:
B. Capsize Rapid

Inscribed by the Best Expedition, lead by James Best, after they lost a boat at capsize rapid when trying to establish mining claims along the Colorado River in 1891.  They tried to blast the rock to free the boat, but failed, and the boat was lost.
  Question #8:
Who are these two awesome guides?
Answer:
A. Haase and Bo

"Everyone knows Haase!"  Steve Haase has been running Cataract Canyon for YEARS!  He's seen the river at record levels, and still runs the river in true "Haase" style.

Bo has been with the SGRE team for a few years, now, but is not new to the river.  Super friendly, helpful and knowledgable, Bo has a lot of fun on the river!
  Question #9:
Where can you see this cabin?
Answer:
C. Westwater Canyon

The miner's cabin in Westwater Canyon is a favorite hike, and offers a great opportunity to learn about the difficulties faced by the early settlers of this region.
  Question #10:
Where is this formation found?
Answer:
A. Westwater Canyon
  
Westwater Canyon is beautiful and is so geologically different from the other canyons of the Colorado!  With it's black schist walls, Westwater Canyon is narrow, feisty and fun!

How did you do?  Did you get all of the answers right?  Did you miss some?  Maybe it's time to get back on the river?  Maybe you could be a river guide!  Thanks for taking our quiz!

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Find Yourself, and Love What You Find

by Kristl 20. October 2015 07:28

Yoga in the National Park!

When you think of yoga do you think "I'm too old", "I'm not flexible enough", "Yoga is for girls", "I'm overweight", "My balance is terrible", "It's religious", "I can't touch my toes", "I'm not interested in twisting myself into a pretzel", "Yoga is too slow for me"?

Yoga is far more than it might appear on the surface. It is a blend of moving the body with the flow of your breath and calming the mind. When you say "I'm not flexible" what you should be thinking is "yoga will allow me to become flexible"! All bodies large, small, thin, or thick included and invited.
Kristen Crisp, founder of the Sanity Gurus, took her first yoga class in 2006 and fell in love with it! She became both a 200 hour CYT (certified yoga teacher) and a NASM CPT (certified personal trainer) in order to combine yoga with exercise, nutrition and positive thinking as she helps others transform their minds and bodies.
  In Celebration of the National Park Centennial in 2016, Kristen will be joining Sheri Griffith Expeditions for a special Yoga in the National Park rafting trip through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. This trip will combine all the great aspects of a Sheri Griffith Expeditions rafting trip, (hiking, exciting whitewater, comfortable camps and healthy, fresh meals) with the wellness programs and yoga of Kristen Crisp and the Sanity Gurus.No previous rafting or yoga experience required!!!

Trip Date: May 10-14, 2016
Rate: $1799 + government fees

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Canyonlands National Park | catraract canyon rafting | Colorado River Rafting

Fall in Moab

by Kristl 18. August 2015 08:17

Wow! We survived another crazy summer in Moab! This year was an odd one in our little corner of the world. We started the season thinking that we weren't going to have any water in the rivers due to a really poor snow season. Then the May storms moved in and there was plenty of snow all over the mountains and rainstorms that helped bolster the rivers through June, making for a GREAT rafting season!

AND, we aren't through yet! We've still got plenty of water in the Colorado and Green Rivers, and the rafting is still Great! Westwater Canyon is moving into its prime season, with lower water levels that make for great paddle-boating and fun rapids. Westwater Canyon is THE BEST one day rafting trip in the Moab area right now.

We're getting ready for our Labyrinth Canyon season, now, too! We traverse Labyrinth Canyon in Sea Kayaks so that our guests can really experience the solitude and beauty of this wonderful canyon. We take a gear boat to carry all of the camping equipment and food, so our guests are free to explore, paddle and relax in this beautiful setting. We stop for hikes into the side canyons and at points of interest along the way, so there is ample opportunity to get out of the kayaks and stretch one's legs. If kayaking doesn't appeal to you, but you would still like to see this secluded canyon, ask us about the possibility of riding along in an oar-boat.

We're excited to welcome back our friends from Women Traveling Together for another Labyrinth Canyon trip this year, and our friends from Adventure-Women who are coming for a Westwater Canyon trip in October. We're also excited for a special trip in Desolation Canyon on the Green River with Page Lambert and her special guest Cheryl Crazy Bull in September.

Finally, we can't forget about Cataract Canyon! We've had some great trips in Cataract Canyon this year, and we look forward to some more great trips this fall, as the temperatures cool and the colors change, Cataract Canyon is a great place to experience Fall in Moab.

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Green River Rafting | Westwater Canyon Rafting

Celebrations and the Circle of Life

by Kristl 22. April 2015 13:35

Photo of Arlo's TreeIf you have rafted on the Moab Daily stretch of the Colorado River over the last few weeks, you might have noticed a new addition to one of the Onion Creek camps.  On April 10, 2015, a locally grown from seed juvenile Cottonwood tree was planted, with the permission of the Moab office of the BLM, in memoriam of Arlo Tejada, former co-owner of Sheri Griffith River Expeditions.  Arlo loved the outdoors and spending time both telling and making stories. 

On April 18, 2015, nearly 80 of Arlo’s close family and friends met at Onion Creek to dedicate the tree to his memory, and then moved on to a celebration of life hosted by the Red Cliffs Lodge.  Stories were shared, songs were sung and hugs were shared all around in celebrating the life of a man who was well known in the river and tourism community of Moab.  Arlo was a strong advocate and lobbyist for the outdoor industry, and volunteered a lot of his own time to different committees and boards, including the Moab Travel Council, Utah Guides and Outfitters board and the America Outdoors Association Board.  He was honored in December of 2014 with an Outstanding Service award by the America Outdoors Association for all of his efforts.
Picture of Arlo's Familly
The tree was donated to the family by Wildland Scapes. In order to provide enough water to the tree that it can establish a strong root system, there is a watering barrel set up near it.
  Sheri Griffith Expeditions guides will be taking a bucket or two of water to the barrel each day that they pass it when on the Moab Daily, and we appreciate anyone else who is willing to share in the memory of Arlo by pouring a bucket or two in the barrel when they happen upon it during the rafting season. 

As we’ve all noticed, the season is in full swing!  Happy boating!

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Arlo's Cancer Story | Colorado River Rafting | Sheri Griffith River Expeditions

It's Never Too Late for a Daddy-Daughter Date

by Kristl 29. July 2014 07:25
My family is a Ranching family.  I grew up in La Sal, Utah, which is just south of Moab, Utah, and my dad was a rancher.  He worked hard every day, either out managing the cattle, checking the irrigation, fixing fences or running the tractors as he was cutting, baling and hauling the hay that would get the cows through the winter.  I am the oldest of six children, but I am a girl.  My younger brothers were the ones who got to (they will tell you they HAD to) work with Dad every day, while I played and did "Girly" things with mom.  I did get to (though at the time it was a HAD to) go and feed the cows on Saturdays, and I did finally learn how to run a tractor, though I never had to bale or haul the hay like my brothers did.  My dad worked really hard to provide for our family, and even though my brothers were able to work with him a lot, my sisters and I didn't really have that opportunity.

Enter the Daddy-Daughter Date.  Our church would organize the occasional Daddy-Daughter date night, with the idea that we would get some one-on-one time with our dads, away from the distractions of siblings and work.  These Daddy-Daughter dates were a lot of fun, and I loved the opportunity to dance with my daddy and have his undivided attention.

About 10 years ago, a group of Dads and their 3rd Grade daughters came for a Daddy-Daughter date weekend on the river.  They came to Moab to spend 3 Days and 2 Nights on the Colorado River.  The trip was purposely run at a slower pace, with lots of time for the girls to play on the sand and in the inflatable kayaks with their dads.  Our guides took care of all of the cooking, while the Dads and Daughters worked together to set up their tents and sleeping gear.  The Dads and Daughters had lots of time to play together without the distractions of TV, sports, phones, other family members or work needs. 

Since that first trip, the group of Dads and Daughters has returned again and again over the years.  The group has changed somewhat over the years.  Many of the Dads have been the same, but the Daughters aren't always the same as their younger sisters have taken their turns on the river trip when they have graduated the third grade.  The group joined us again this year for another great rafting trip.  The girls were all so cute!  We really enjoyed having them all on the river with us again, and we look forward to seeing them again over the next few years.

We had another Daddy-Daughter duo join us for one of our Multi-Sport Adventures in June, but this duo was a Grand-Daddy and Grand-Daughter.  They participated in a Zipline Tour, a Sunset Hummer Tour, a Horse-back ride and a 1 Day Westwater Canyon Rafting trip.  They had a great time together here in Moab and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

It's never too late to set up your own Daddy-Daughter date, whether it is just going out for dinner or taking a longer adventure vacation together.  The time spent together is priceless, and cannot be replaced.

We're Not Done Yet!

by Kristl 14. July 2014 11:14

We’ve been having an awesome summer at Sheri Griffith Expeditions!  We've met many new friends, and we've been happy to reconnect with old friends, too. 

In the past, we've experienced a general slowdown in July as the temperatures rise and the high water levels drop, but this year has still been pretty busy!  We still have trips headed down Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River and through the Gates of Lodore on the Green River, as well as lots of Westwater Canyon rafting happening over the next few weeks. 

Many people think that Moab is just too hot to visit Moab in July and August, and with temperatures in the 100 degree range, we'd probably agree, if we didn't know that with warmer air temperatures come warmer water temperatures.  Right now the Colorado River is about 70 degrees Farenheit, which is GREAT for swimming!  Also, to beat the heat, our guides love the Gates of Lodore Rafting trip on the Green River.  This trip starts at a higher altitude, and thus has a bit cooler temperatures than the Colorado River trips.

Still too hot?  Well, September is just around the corner, and we've got some great trips planned in Labyrinth Canyon and in Cataract Canyon.  One of the trips that we are really excited about is our NEW Fit Kayaking Tour with Melanie Webb!  This trip will not only feature the beauty and solitude of Labyrinth Canyon by sea kayak, but will also include fitness exercises and personal fitness consultations with Melanie Webb.  (To learn more about Melanie, click here.)

Another September trip that we are excited about is our John Wesley Powell 12 Day Expedition, which combines 5 days of kayaking in Labyrinth Canyon with 8 Days of hiking and rafting through Cataract Canyon.  We're not planning on running this trip again for a few years (ask about our exciting John Wesley Powell Sesquicentennial Trip for 2019!), so if you've been thinking about this one, now is the time to book your seats.

We also have Cataract Canyon and Westwater Canyon rafting trips scheduled throughout the rest of the season. 

We're Not Done Yet!

Fit Kayaking Tour for Women Only

by Kristl 1. June 2014 09:35

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5 day Fitness Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon Fit Kayaking Tour

This year Sheri Griffith Expeditions is excited to be working with Melanie Webb of Sol Fitness Adventures to offer a brand new way to experience Labyrinth Canyon!

Melanie WebbMelanie Webb is a former wildlife biologist and environmental consultant who is now one of the Top Trainers in the fitness industry. She has been featured on Good Morning America, in Outside and New Beauty magazines, and is now a brand ambassador for ATHLETA.


We met Melanie when she was a tour director for a group of guests that we hosted on a river trip in 2013. Since then, we have been working with her to create a Fitness Adventure for the River. We are excited to introduce our Labyrinth Canyon Fit Kayaking Tour this September!

The Fit Kayaking tour will combine all of the highlights of our Women-Only Kayaking tours with the Health and Wellness tours that SOL Fitness Adventures offers. There is no experience in either kayaking or fitness necessary to have a great time on this trip. By the end of the first hour on the river, you’ll feel like you were born to kayak, and with the additional tutelage of Melanie each morning, mid-day and evening, you will find a renewed sense of wellness in mind and body.


Featured Activities:

  • Paddling Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River
  • Hiking up Beautiful Side Canyons
  • Morning Core Conditioning
  • Post-Paddle Stretch Flexibility Sessions
  • Evening Fireside Mindfulness including Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation
  • One-on-One Wellness Consultation with Melanie Webb

Labyrinth Canyon Booking PageTrip Details: Women Only Labyrinth Canyon Fit Kayaking Tour

Departure Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (River trip orientation will be held on September 8th)

Trip Length: 5 Days/4 Nights (We return in the late afternoon on Saturday, September 13th)

Host City: Moab, Utah

Price: $1150 + Government Use and Launch Fees (about 6%)


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Page Lamberts Writers Trip

by Kristl 20. May 2014 08:50
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“A River of One’s Own: A Heroine’s
Journey into the World of Story“

 Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River
This week features Page Lambert’s River Writing Journeys for Women as our highlighted women’s rafting adventure. A Colorado River trip, this six-day Cataract Canyon Adventure includes a spectacular scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park back to Moab. The theme for this year’s creative adventure, A River of One’s Own: A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story, was inspired by Page’s special guest, renowned playwright and actress Ellen McLaughlin.
 
Nature Inspires Creativity! Deep within the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon offers a perfect balance between serene floating, incredible optional hiking, and fast-moving rapids. 300 million years of rock history, abstract sculpted sandstone spires, and ancient Anasazi petroglyphs and granaries grace Cataract Canyon. Creative discussions will take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars.  

Featured in Oprah’s O magazine! Sheri Griffith Expeditions has been outfitting Page Lambert’s River Writing Journeys for Women for 17 years. In 2006, Oprah’s O magazine featured these trips as “One of the top six, great all-girl getaways of the year.” Personal writing time is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, optional hiking, relaxing on shore, and “circling up” with Page, Ellen, the other river women, and SGE’s fabulous women guides.  

5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking PageStorytelling on the River! Who told you your first story? For most of us, it was a woman. “We pass the great stories down from generation to generation,” Ellen tells us. “Mother to mother to mother. And so many of our stories are about journeys—heroes and heroines who leave the confines of the familiar and, in the spirit of curiosity and adventure, light out into the unknown. There we encounter not only the magnificence of the world, but our very souls.”  

Women Only River Trips PageJoin the Heroine’s Adventure! Sunday night’s orientation at SGE is followed by dinner with Page, Ellen, and the other women guests. The trip launches Monday morning, August 11th. You’ll float down the Colorado River, past the confluence of the Green River, through beautiful Cataract Canyon, culminating with a breathtaking scenic flight from Lake Powell back to Moab. SGE provides everything—rafts, tents, sleeping bags, fresh healthy meals, etc. The fabulous women guides do all the cooking and rowing!  

Praise from Previous Guests of Page’s River Writing Journeys! This is a fantastic trip! I have experienced Page’s women-only trips twice now and they are 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!"  

Do you have to be a writer? No previous writing experience is necessary for this adventure. Page will provide journals as well as written material for you to take home, and the river and the canyon will provide all the inspiration you need!

Sky West Airlines and Moab

by Kristl 7. January 2014 06:43
There has been a lot of Buzz in Moab over the last few months about a new company offering flights into the Moab Canyonlands Field Airport.  Well, we received the official word this morning that Sky West Airlines will be offering flights from Salt Lake City, Utah to Moab on a daily basis starting on March 2, 2014.  Here is the information from their official press release:

Book Your Delta Flight from Salt Lake to Moab Today!
Flights Operated by SkyWest Airlines
 

MOAB, Utah Jan. 6, 2014 – The new Delta Connection flights from Salt Lake City to Moab, Utah (CNY), operated by SkyWest Airlines, will begin on March 2, 2014! And right now is the perfect time to begin booking your spring travel plans.

There will be two daily, roundtrip flights from Salt Lake to Moab on Mondays, as well as Thursday through Sunday. One daily roundtrip flight will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The flight schedule is as follows*:

Freq

Departure Airport

Dept Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Thurs.-Mon.

SLC

9:40 a.m.

CNY

10:43 a.m.

Thurs.-Mon

CNY

11:10 a.m.

SLC

12:19 p.m.

Thurs.-Mon.

SLC

1:45 p.m.

CNY

2:48 p.m.

Thurs.-Mon

CNY

3:05 p.m.

SLC

4:14 p.m.

Tue. & Wed.

SLC

11:00 a.m.

CNY

12:03 a.m.

Tue. & Wed.

CNY

12:30 p.m.

SLC

1:39 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

*Flight schedule varies by day of week and is subject to change

Customers may book flights at www.delta.com or by calling Delta reservations at 800.221.1212. Remember, the best fares are always available at www.delta.com.

This press release and additional information about SkyWest Airlines can be found at www.skywest.com.

We are excited that there will be flights from the Salt Lake City airport, which is a large "Hub" airport.  I checked the price of the flights in June, and it looks like the round-trip flight from Salt Lake City to Moab will be about $174 per person.  I found this price through Kayak.com (the Delta website was working a little slow this morning).

Remember that if you are flying in to the Moab airport, you will either need to rent a car through Enterprise (at the airport, advance reservations required) or arrange for a shuttle into Moab, as the airport is about 14 miles outside of town.  Please feel free to call me (Kristl) at 800-332-2439 for shuttle information.