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Westwatar Canyon Rapids...IN SPEED MODE!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 10. April 2013 08:39

Watch a video of Westwater Canyons Rapids as if you are the guide. And in Fast Forward. This is from our first Westwater Canyon trip of the 2013 season.

The Rafting Season has started!

by GriffithAdmin 9. April 2013 07:48

Westwater Canyon Rafting in March 2013

We have already run our first two trips of the year!  On March 25th Sheri Griffith River Expeditions took down a group of 12 people on a sunny Westwater Canyon 1 day trip.

Moab Daily Trip April 2013
With Izzy and Arlo guiding, the trip went great! No unplanned swimmers and lots of fun whitewater. Yes, there were even some very brave ones that hopped into Colorado River for fun!


Chris also guided a a 1 day Moab Daily trip with a nice family from South Carolina.  The weather was a perfect 70 degrees and sunny!


Both of these trips were great trips to start off the season. Now the rush starts!


 

New Dates and Trips Open for 2013

Gates of Lodore on the Green River

4 Day Gates of Lodore

Westwater Canyon Rafting on the Colorado RiverThe Gates of Lodore on The Green River is one of the most popular trips Sheri Griffith Expeditions runs. It offers all the elements of a classic river trip: great hikes, exciting whitewater, beautiful beaches and colorful history. This is a journey into a spectacular wilderness. This trip has lots of activities and action. You can choose between paddling with friends in a paddleboat, taking on the rapids with one of our inflatable kayaks or relaxing in one of the oarboats.

Date: July 3

Rates: Adults: $925 Youth: $875


Family Rafting Trips on the Colorado River

2 Day Family Rafting on the Colorado River

Cataract Canyon bookingThe fisher towers section is a beautiful stretch of the Colorado River, with moderate class I-II rapids suitable for everyone. Boat options include oarboats, inflatable kayaks, and sometimes paddleboats. Mild Rapids make this section of the Colorado River especially fun for beginning rafters and perfect for young families. The river is wide and warm, making swimming extremely inviting on those very warm summer days.

Date: May 25

Rates: Adults: $350 Youth: $275


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History of Cataract Canyon

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 15. March 2013 08:17

Cataract Canyon History

Cataract Canyon lies in the heart of Canyonlands National Park 65 miles down the Colorado River from Moab, Utah and 110 miles down the Green River from the town of Green River, Utah. These two powerful rivers meet at the Confluence and combine to make some of the most commanding and famous rapids in North America. Cataract Canyon's rapids caused more damage and created more fear in early river runners than those of the Grand Canyon. Cataract's rapids are only part of the amazing story about this section of the Colorado River. Cataract and Canyonlands also has amazing human, and natural history, along with classical river running stories and adventures.

A few of the early River Runners:

  • Nathanial Galloway does the first solo trip through Cataract Canyon in 1894

  • Emery and Ellsworth Kolb traveled from Green River, Wyoming to the Sea of Cortez in 1911 on the Green and Colorado Rivers

  • Julius Stone Expedition runs cataract in 1909

  • "Buzz" Holmstrom makes a solo run of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1937

  • Norman Nevills runs the first commercial River trip through Cataract Canyon in 1938

Congress established Canyonlands National Park in 1964 after a long history of "potential" development in Cataract Canyon. Before 1921 the Colorado River was know as the Grand River. Congress changed the name under pressure from the state of Colorado in the Colorado Compact, which also designated water rights to the sates that border the Colorado River. The Rio Grande Railroad tried to build a railroad from Denver to LA following the Colorado River in 1889. In the early 1900's steamboats carried mining supplies, fruits, and cattle between Green River and Moab using the Colorado and Green Rivers. There was also an attempted dam site at the Confluence in the early 1900's. The amount of sediment at this location made it nearly impossible to build.

Read More about Cataract Canyon History.

Dark Canyon waterfalls.

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 28. February 2013 12:13
One of the prettiest places we visit. Dark Canyon on our Sights of Cataract Canyon trip.
Dark Canyon Waterfall

It is a Waterfall type of week!!

by GriffithAdmin 23. February 2013 05:29

Indian Creek Waterfall in Cataract Canyon. This is one of our favorite waterfalls on the Colorado River. waterfalls in Cataract Canyon

Want to Raft for FREE!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 20. February 2013 06:58


Group Rafting Trips

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is pleased to offer significant discounts to our guests traveling in groups. We know what a wonderful and bonding experience a rafting vacation is when shared with family, friends, co-workers, or club members, and we are experts at developing group trips. More information on FREE river trips.

With 42 years of experience specializing in Adventure Vacations with a Touch of Class, you can rest assured that your group's rafting adventure will be an experience of a lifetime. We specialize in custom charter trips and can tailor rates to your budget through adjustments to amenities. Our responsive and creative Guest Services staff can develop multi-sport packages, book lodging, restaurants or conference space, provide transportation options, and more-we will help your group leader with every step of the adventure planning.

Call 800-332-2439 or email info@griffithexp.com

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Gates of Lodore Trips Almost Sold Out!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 19. February 2013 06:00

Get you seats reserved!

Gates of Lodore

Gates of Lodore on the Green RiverThe Gates of Lodore on The Green River is one of the most popular trips and 2013 is no exception. We have sold out of two of our dates and only have two dates left. Our last two launches on June 15th  and August 4th only have 10 spots left!

Don’t miss  this journey into the spectacular wilderness of Dinosaur National Monument . The Gates of Lodore trip has lots of activities and action. You can choose between paddling with friends in a paddleboat, taking on the rapids with one of our inflatable kayaks or relaxing in one of the oarboats.

 

We have a new Rafting Website!

by GriffithAdmin 18. February 2013 05:51

New Website and
Online Reservations System

New River Rafting WebsiteWe have been busy during the off-season working on many things to make 2013 even better for our guests. One of the major projects we have had fun doing is updating our website, www.griffithexp.com.


We have made The Sheri Griffith River Expeditions site easier to navigate, and have included more information and details and photos on each of our trips.

We have also added an easy Online booking system. You can book online anytime you like, even if it's after business hours. This system also makes it easy to have other join your trip and send out invitations to your friends.


We hope you enjoy surfing our website, and checking out all of the trips and services Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is offering for the 2013 season. We hope to be part of your family's fun this summer!


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A Grand Life Still

by arlo tejada 18. January 2013 17:27
It has been a long time since I have written an update. I apologize for that.
Since I have been basically back to normal I have not had the inspiration to write and tell everyone that I am doing fine.
I probably should have.
My time since my last update has been filled with lots of fun and busy, busy days. And what I guess would be called the daily stress of life.
I struggled with getting back to normal for most of May and June.  Even though I was still recovering from the treatments I felt I had to get right back to work, and life. This was very hard for me for a while.  A lot of things seemed trivial, compared to where I had been.
I also had to pick up all the items I had dropped in the past two years. Working on house projects, Work projects that have been in the wings for way too long, along with all the other details you just don’t think about.
My overall recovery has been rather easy. Though I know I will have long-term side efforts from the 19 chemos, bone marrow transplant and radiation.  But I now I have a lot more time to deal with them later.
But listen to me I sound like it’s harder to live than to anticipate dying.
I have been working out and playing soccer a lot and feeling rather good. Both physically and mentally.
I also had a second scan in Sept that came out clean. Though I really thought it was going to be.
So I never wrote a thank you letter to all the wonderful people that helped me out.  I feel really bad about that. I guess I forget things quickly. Just wanted to get back to “normal life.”
The last couple of months I have been a bit more reflective than previously. In late October was my “anniversary” of getting out of the hospital from my second Bone Marrow transplant.  It made me think about the difference a year makes. 
I am so lucky it is hard to explain. Even without this miracle drug (which I will take until mid January)  I have had just a wonderfully time L-I-V-I-N.
My last 6 months and really 8 months since I started taking this new drug have been spectacular. Even though I can’t say I have lived every moment of every day as if it was  my last. (something I think I promised here once.) I have done a ton of fun things and visited a lot of my friends and family.
Here is a quick list:
·      Ran the San Juan River with great friends and a wild 30th bday party.
·      Ran the Middle fork and Main Salmon with my long time Friends Ari and Josh.  And was able to have a great 32nd birthday bash for myself on this great river.
·      Got back on a commercial river trip in Desolation canyon. Which is the river of my childhood.  And again it made feel like a wonderful child and why I love taking people down the river.
·      Visited family in New York for a cousin's wedding. Just a great trip of love and fun family events.
·      Visited New Hampshire and my college roommate Todd. Also “played” my first 2 days of golf in a row.  (something I picked up to “retire”)
·      Spent a wonderful week in Telluride for a friends 40th birthday part.
·      Went to my first professional football game. Even if the broncos’ did not play like it.
           
This does not count all the times I have spent doing the “mundane” things that I love. Playing Cards with my friends, Mountain Biking, hiking with Lulu, Wednesday night Soccer, Sunday coffee on my porch, and more little things than I can think of.
           
Last summer/fall seems like a blur of hospital rooms, pain, sadness and loneliness.  There were many nights last year when I could think of nothing more than what I am going to do for the next 3 weeks.
I guess really this little email is to tell you I leave for the Grand Canyon tomorrow!  I picked up this permit almost 2 years ago. At the time I just wanted to make the trip as maybe a last hurrah.
But now it is a celebration of life trip and I could not be happier for it. 
Since I should have notified all of you of my clear scan in Sept. I thought it was at least appropriate to let you know that I am getting back to things I love.  With only three more treatments,  I hope my final email will be in two months to tell you I have a final clean scan and I have been through the  last of my treatments.
Thank you for all your support .

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They Call it Life

by arlo tejada 18. January 2013 17:25

Hello Friends and Family,

I don’t even know where to start this last update.  How about I start there. I plan on this being my last update.  But that is a good thing.

On May 17th I took a PET Scan that came out clear.

Yes.

I AM CANCER FREE!

Me at the Full Moon.
In April, my doctor had suggested we do a PET scan. The May 17th date seemed to be appropriate since that would be about 1/3 of the way through the SGN35 treatments. She also thought it could show some improvement  (that might be the biggest understatement of all time) and would be a good base line moving forward. I had been feeling pretty good and kind of wanted to see where we were at also.


Silas drove me up to take my test at 9 am. We then went to the go see “The Avengers”. You know doing the “big city” thing. 

When we got back to Meg and Dasch’s house the PET scan report was online. I had to confirm with Silas that I was reading it right. It sure looked like a clean scan with all my lymph’s back to normal except a small mass in my chest, which was not Metabolically active. 

After deciding that this meant I did not have cancer, I grabbed Si and gave him a big hug and started to cry.

It is hard to explain the feeling I had. I had been really hoping and thinking it could be clear. But I really did not want to hope and be disappointed.  I had thought a lot about how I would react if I even had a clean scan. Even earlier in the week I had broke down in the shower thinking about how great it would be to hear the dr say “you don’t have cancer anymore.”

The funny thing was I had a Moab Travel Council phone meeting 5 minutes after reading the report. I was on the phone for about 2 hours the whole time hardly paying attention and trying not to cry on the phone.

After the meeting, I started sending  out a ton of texts and add it to Facebook.  I still have not had a chance to read all the responses. At dinner my phone just vibrated the whole time. I tried not to be rude and look every time but it made me so happy each time knowing another friend or family member had heard the news.

I can truly say that was one of the best evenings of my life.

For the rest of the night I was kind of in a haze.  I fell asleep crying and hoping I would not wake up and it be a dream.

I have been riding at least once a week

The next day I awoke with the biggest grin.  We meet with the Doctor at 1pm. It really was a long morning. I had hoped to go for a mountain bike ride with David Everitt and Silas but it was pouring rain. I had to laugh at the crappy weather. Everyone kept telling me how nice it had been for the past month. The one time I bring my bike to SLC to go ride and it had to rain, just my luck…but hey  I don’t have cancer. I guess it all evens out!

I was eager see the dr because I really wanted to hear her words and be sure I was not misreading the scan.

Dr. Prystas went over the details and upcoming options and such. She was going through her physical exam and I just had to ask. “So what exactly does this mean?” She kind of laughs and says. “Arlo, You are in what we would call a Complete Remission.” WOW. Those are by far the most beautiful words I have ever heard. I could go on about the poetic-ness of the words “complete remission.”  For me, I must admit, I was pretty sure I would never hear those words. And every time I say them or write them down now I start to cry. The only thing I can think to equate it to is "It's a Boy/girl" for parents.

This is not all happy though. The Bone Marrow team is still pushing for a Bone Marrow transplant with someone else’s stem cells. I have explained before that this would end my way of life. The reason for this is that the new drug just is unknown for the long term. Will it really keep the Cancer down? And there is a decent chance it will come back at some point.  So I still do have to be concerned and vigilant. There also are no long term studies on the drugs, which means I could have other issues down the road. We did decide to take the drug to its completion and discuss then more options.

To be honest it has still not really hit me yet. I am still trying to figure out what it means. I have been preparing myself for so long for death, that this is like slamming on the brakes of a train. Now what way do I go?

So what does this all mean….Well I guess I have to go back to work and unretired. I am having major anxiety and stress over“life.”  I have put off so many of the “trivial” things that it is overwhelming. I think that is going to be my word for the next little while. Overwhelming. Shit it looks like I am going to have to mow and rake the yard now.  And no Porsche L…yet. 

To “know” I was going to die soon made life really easy. It just meant everyday was special and to take care of it and those around you. Now…..Life is back. But I feel so different. I feel that I went through this huge change…but in the end I am just back to the beginning with a sterile body that weighs 60 lbs less.  Maybe that is a bit harsh. I feel like I am now searching for my purpose again.

This will sound stupid but I am also very afraid of losing the compassion. Ok that is the wrong word. I am afraid of me taking for granted the love that was shown by so many people and even more important my openness to all these wonderful people in my life. And to those that have never met me but I inspired. I really really hope I can take this experience and make good come of it for a long time. It is hard to think I am not changed because I have. but I just don’t know how yet.

In an earlier email/blog at the end of my first line of treatment I wrote a list of “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of cancer.” Looking back on that, it was not only premature it was also…insincere. I really thought it was not going to be a big deal and would be something I could also tell as an interesting story at parties.( which I am sure I still will, youjust can not stop me from telling stories.)  I claimed that I would never call myself a “Cancer Survivor.”  I can tell you that is not going to be the case now.  I would say I got pretty much the whole cancer experience.

I lied about this being my last update. I have to do a large thank you letter and another Good, Bad and the Ugly. Both of which I hope will clear my head a bit. 

Sabaku Sushi made a Remission roll for me
In the end I can not tell all of you how much you have meant to me. I am so so so appreciative of the many people around me and their amazing kindness. Yes this new drug saved my life from the scientificside of things but I can tell you there would be no reason to take it if it was not for my community, friends and family. In the past three days I have been applauded and hugged so  many times and by so many people. It truly is wonderful this life I live, yes live.

I have mentioned I am not religious though I am spiritual. I really believe that all of your prayers, energy and love help get me through all this.

Now I am going to try and reorganize my life and live. And live…And be the best person I can be, for I truly have a second chance.

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