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Moab Travel Council Award to Arlo Tejada

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 13. May 2014 13:36
Arlo's MTC award

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is very proud of co-owner Arlo Tejada for his volunteer work in Moab. We can't wait for his return home and to the community he loves!!

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The Year of the Family Rafting Trip

by GriffithAdmin 10. May 2014 08:03

“The Year of the Family Rafting Trip “Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions has always been a company focused on family togetherness. Sheri started running rivers with her family in the 1970s, before opening a whitewater rafting company in Moab that was focused on safety, high quality and family fun. Later, long time employees Jose and Arlo Tejada took over the operation of the business, carrying on the same goals and values that Sheri established. Over the past 5 years, family has become even more important as Arlo has battled cancer, and our extended family has come together to support him. This year, we welcome Emma Tejada, Jose’s daughter, to the Sheri Griffith River Expeditions family.  In recognition of the importance of families of all kinds, we at Sheri Griffith River Expeditions want YOU to have the best Family Vacation Possible in 2014.

 

"Family is not an important thing.  It’s Everything." -Michael J. Fox


What makes a Sheri Griffith Rafting Expeditions family rafting vacation the best

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions understand how difficult it can be to plan and pull-off the perfect vacation. We have spent many years working out all the “kinks” associated with river vacations. Once you are on the river with us, we handle all of the day-to-day concerns so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your family. No cell phone or television interruptions, no soccer games or ballet practice, no running to the store, no meetings, no distractions. Just time to play, explore and build stronger family bonds.
 

We are so sure that you will LOVE your vacation with Sheri Griffith River Expeditions that we will GUARANTEE IT! If you don’t have a great time with your family while on one of our vacations, we will refund the price of your rafting trip.


 

This Weeks Highlighted Family Trip:

Family River Rafting on the Green River

book onlineOur signature family rafting trip in Utah is the 5 day/4 night “Family Rafting  expedition on the Green River. This great Utah river rafting vacation offers exceptional bonding opportunities, plenty of moderate yet fun  whitewater for children ages 5 and up, charming campsites on sandy beaches, stunning geological features and ancient and recent Western history. This Green River rafting adventure begins with a scenic flight to the launch site!
 

What are our Goals for your family  Your family gets a refreshed escape  with an easy, no hassle vacation. The kids will not stop talking about their favorite guide. And you are the hero of the PERFECT vacation.


Is this for your family? Great way to introduce the kids to the wonders of the river rafting. Including marshmallows, fireside stories, water fights, and sandcastles. There is also time for parents to relax and enjoy each other as the guides take the kids for learning nature walks.


 

Top Ten Hikes on Sheri Griffith River Trips

by GriffithAdmin 5. May 2014 08:46
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Top Ten Hikes

Top Ten Rafting Hikes

Our rafting trips are about a lot more than just whitewater. We travel by boat to some of the most remote parts of the country. The locations we travel through are protected as National Parks, National Monuments, registered national landmarks and proposed wild and scenic rivers.  Many of these amazing side hikes are not a accessible from roads. The hikes vary in length from 15 minutes to all day. They include waterfalls, Native American ruins, wildflowers, wildlife and just amazing beauty.

Here is a top ten of our favorite hikes from our trips. (Click the photos to see a larger version)

Dark Canyon
(Cataract Canyon)

Dark Canyon on Colorado River
  • Length: 8 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
  • Vertical gain: 1000 feet
  • Attractions: Waterfalls, towering 2000 foot canyon wall
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
  • Description: Dark Canyon is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is not always open because of the water levels of Lake Powell. When we get the chance, this hike is like heaven on earth. Towering red rock walls line the canyon. Clear water cascades down a variety of waterfalls and swimming pools, some over 25 feet deep.

Jones Hole
(Green River)

Couple at Jones Holes
  • Length: 4 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Vertical gain: 60 feet
  • Attractions: Native America petroglyphs, clear creek, Wildlife, waterfall
  • River and Section: Gates of Lodore and Yampa River
  • Description: The Jones Hole hike is famous for the variety of wildlife that is in the valley, including eagles, falcons, big horn sheep, and marmots. The trail wanders alongside the clear creek with many swimming holes and ends in a playful waterfall.  A short way further up the trail are stunning pictographs.

Little Dolores
(Westwater Canyon)

Little Dolores on Westwater Canyon
  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 1 hour
  • Vertical gain: 50 feet
  • Attractions: Black rock canyon, raging waterfall
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Westwater Canyon
  • Description: This waterfall hike runs only in May and June. The Little Dolores Creek cascades along a black shist rock canyon carved thousands of years ago. The rock is over 1.7 billion years old! This creates amazing patterns and flute like shapes. The waterfall pours out of the side canyon and we are able to swim right under the falls.

The Doll's House
(Cataract Canyon)

Dolls House Hike on Cataract Canyon
  • Length: 8 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: Full Day
  • Vertical gain: 1000 feet
  • Attractions: Native American ruins, panoramic views of Canyonlands National Park.
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
  • Description: This challenging hike offers some of the best views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands Nationals Park. The Dolls House is named for it’s towering red rock peaks that John W. Powell thought looked like European dolls. The hike includes a cool slot canyon, views of the surrounding mountains, the Needles and native American ruins.

Flat Canyon Petroglyphs
(Green River)

Flat Canyon on the Green River
  • Length: 1/4 mile round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 15 mins
  • Vertical gain: 10 feet
  • Attractions: petroglyphs, towering 2000 foot canyon walls
  • River and Section: The Green River through Desolation Canyon
  • Description: An easy and very entertaining stroll to a giant and impressive panel of Fremont writings. The panel has an amazing number of writings and the guides will teach about what they may mean and what happened to this ancient culture.

Rippling Brook
(Green River)

Gates of Lodore on the Green River
  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 2 hours
  • Vertical gain: 300 feet (extremely strenuous)
  • Attractions: Gorgeous views of the Green River. Spring fed water fall.
  • River and Section: The Green River through Gates of Lodore
  • Description: This fairly steep hike has photo opportunities at each switch back. The trail climbs the side of the canyon with views of the Gates of Lodore that are hard to beat. This all ends at a spring-fed waterfall.

Whispering Cave/Echo Park
(Green River)

Side hikes on the yampa river
  • Length: 6 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Vertical Gain: 10 feet
  • Attractions: Native American petroglyphs, cave exploration, Pat Lynch hide out
  • River and Section: The Gates of Lodore and the Yampa River
  • Description: At the confluence of the Green River and Yampa River is a glorious hiking opportunity at Echo Park. Petroglyphs, Whispering cave, and a hermit hideout are just some of the attractions on this hike.

Rock Creek Ranch
(Green River)

Rock Creek on the Green River
  • Length: ¼ mile round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 1 Hour to Full Day
  • Vertical gain: 10 feet
  • Attractions: Rock Creek Ranch, Outlaw Hideaway
  • River and Section: The Green River through Desolation Canyon
  • Description: See where Butch Cassidy and his gang of outlaws stayed. Historical orchards full of fruit during August, and a longer hike is available to see outstanding petroglyphs and granaries.

Indian Creek
(Cataract Canyon)

Indian Creek on Cataract Canyon
  • Length: 4 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Vertical gain: 100 feet
  • Attractions: Waterfalls, towering 2000 foot canyon walls, Native American ruins
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
  • Description: In the spring, Indian Creek Falls is a highlight of our Cataract Canyon trips. Indian Creek starts miles away in the Abajo Mountains. 3 miles from the river is the beautiful, secluded Indian Creek waterfall.

Bowknot Bend
(Green River)

Flat Canyon on the Green River
  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 2 hours
  • Vertical gain: 700 feet
  • Attractions: The views of the Maze section of Canyonlands National Park.
  • River and Section: The Green River Through Labyrinth Canyon
  • Description: Here the Green River makes an 6 mile loop and is only ¼ mile from itself. This hike is a little bit challenging with 700 feet of vertical gain in little over a mile, but the views are worth it.

Last Minute Gates of Lodore Discount

Buy One Get One 1/2 off!

4 day Gates of Lodore Booking Page

Great last minute discount for the June 14th Gates of Lodore trip. We are offering Buy One Get One 1/2 off from now until May 1st trip for new customers!! The Gates of Lodore has 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.

Click on the Book Online button and enter promo code Lodorebogo or call Kristl 1-800-332-2439

This deal is only good for a little while so sign up fast.

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Start of the Westwater Rafting Season

by GriffithAdmin 24. April 2014 13:10

2014 Westwater rafting season starts

Happy Birthday Arches National Park

by emma 13. April 2014 09:24

Happy 85th birthday to Arches National Park. On this day in 1929 Arches became a National monument. Do you know when it became a park?
Arches National Park Birthday

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Save up 50% on the Yampa River

by GriffithAdmin 9. April 2014 08:06

Yampa River Discount

Buy One Get One 1/2 off!

4 day Yampa River Booking Page

It's going to be a high water year for the Untamed Yampa River Trip!! We are offering Buy One Get One 1/2 off from now till April 15th on May 30th trip for new customers!!


Click on the Book Online button and enter promo code Yampabogo or call Kristl 1-800-332-2439

This deal is only good for a little while so sign up fast.

Frist Trip of 2014!

by GriffithAdmin 5. April 2014 13:41

The Bross family- our first guests of 2014!
One day Fisher Family trip

Arlo's latest update

by arlo tejada 25. March 2014 08:03

Finally! I am ready to get you an update. Since it has been a long time and A LOT has happened I will going to break it into many parts.

I will start with bullet outline of basically Nuts and bolts.


Then I will write something about feelings and details . I will break these up also. Could be rather chaotic but I hope it is entertaining. And I promise lots of grammar issues. I blame that on the chemo, half of obes stem cells, and steroids.


And again I know this should have come out a long time ago.


DEC-
• Last PD1 End of Nov
• PET SCAN Dec 8.
• Left Moab on Dec 15. Moved into Sean and Mary’s that evening. They were not home which was kind of an odd feeling. Like a whole new beginning.
• Dec 16- Early morning surgery at LDS to place the line for all my chemo and such.
• Moved into the hospital that day.
• First couple of days of chemo were not to bad.
• Chemo Days 17-23
• Obe gave up the stem cells on Xmas eve.
• Best Christmas Gift ever!
• I felt great, even ate a giant burger Ari and Josh brought on the day I received his stem cells.
• The day you get your stem cells they call your birthday or day 0. (even though I had been there 7 days.
• Christmas was great with lots of friend visiting.
• I felt ok for about the next couple days. Lots of visitors, holidays are the time to be in the hospital because everyone is running through SLC then.
• Including a santa. (though my brother was bummed their was no Jazz bear who went to the huntsman instead)
• Did the last of the chemo on dec 28
• I had a mini break down on Jan 4th. I really needed rest from everything. My Family was great but sometimes I need space.
• I still had not really thought about how much harder it was going to get.
• Started to have side effect around Jan 30. Kindeys issues, too much water issue sucky food.
• It was a while ago so I can remember all the issue.
• No Sleep, more vomiting than normal.
• I also had a running headache that was rough


Jan

• Do not remember new years and not in the way I like.
• To be honest I do no remember a lot of this time frame.
• I had massive headache during this time frame.
• The Dr gave a lot of different drugs to battles this. Nothing worked really (except leaving)
• I did have the tv schedule memorized and I hate all insurance company commercials.

• I started to feel better around the jan 9
•I left E801 ( the LDS suite0 on Jan 11. )
• I still had a bit of a swollen are on my left arm.
• But I was drinking water and food pretty well. And no fevers in a while.



Going Home:
• Getting home allowed me to eat and drink much better. (still barely making 1000 calories)
-Best night of sleep in a month.
-14 pills in the am and 7 in the pm is very hard.
-Sore from walking more yesterday than I have in a month.
• I had the whole clan over for a while at Sean and AMrys.
• They are way over the top in how much they have opened up their house. • Could not have a better situation.
• I started a rash not too long after getting out.
• My left arm swelled way up! Club Boy for sure.


Back to it.
• It was nice to be out but I was not right.
• It only took 7 days to be reemitted.
• I had a high fever and very weak.
• They moved me to a new room that was way smaller ;(
• I have had a member of my family around since the beginning, but this was where I realized I did needed a caregiver.
• The family has been great.
• A rash started to grow on my body.
• They gave me steroid cream that made my skin burn.
• The gave started me on a lot of steroids overall.
• They had to stop the major GVHD immune suppressant because of complications.
• This left me (and still does) leave me rather open to chronic GVHD.
• The rash was acute GVHD which is not a bad thing…kind of.
• I had a bout of tiredness I cannot began to explain for two days probably around Jan 17. Hardly move.
• This is where I was probably more scared than I have even been.
• I had to sit down to brush my teeth.
• This second stay was HARD.
• I had MAJOR issues. The drs did not lead on at time but since 4 of the team member have expresses their concern with my condition.
• fix one issue had the potential to cause others.
• Kidneys had gone down hill and may need dialysis is the future.
• Started high dose steroids to combat GvhD • Had to stop all other GVHD drugs because of reactions.
• Lots of swollen parts. looked like the girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory.
• Went from 155 lbs to 210. (back to 160)
• They gave me a drug that made me pee every 10 minute and looked like dark grapes.
• Skin pealed like a snake. Gross and uncomfortable.
• Hard to talk to visitors
• Had to have a lot of test- lung test breathing, xrays
• I was on O2 for a while.
• Lots of drs coming by, kidney, lung PT,, BMT.
o Highlight of the lung test: the Dr answer his cell phone in the surgery room. Wanted to get off that Sunday and my test was taking longer then they had thought it would. (5 hours)
• There was a point I was not allowed to have more than a .5 liter for the day!
• Skin was super blotchy.
• I guess I looked bad.
• This is probably around Jan 20 on.
• I know there are more specific items but I cant think of them
• oh and the Boncos loss
• Bad days.


But not all bad:
• The Nurses saved me. The BEST nurse in the world Nurse LISA, brought in memory pad foam to help me sleep.
• There is a lot more I can go on about the great nurses at LDS and the the best one Lisa.


Getting out number 2
• I really started to turn around Jan 28th or so.
• I have been out of the hospital since feb 4. (wow and it is March 10th.)
• Things have been going well.
• Though every time I take a strong step forward I always have some bads news also.
• I was released on the condition that I would come to the hospital every day to see how my blood count were doing.
• The first couple of had out were hard physically and mentally. (I will go over later how screed I am to be free and so uncertain of what to do next.)
• Physically I have to walk up stairs to get to my room. Which at first was exhausting.
• Also my eye sight started to go blurry, and still does at point.


Friends
• A highlight was having my friend fly in from Portland, Texas and Moab. Really a nice pick up. Hospital
• A total of 45 days in the hospital now.
• A gross bill of $543,000 so far. Just hospital….dont want to think about the flights, hotel rooms, meals for my helpers, etc)
• I still go to the hospital every day.
• Take lots of pills. Two different infusions self giving.
• I am around day 81 now. The real reevaluations start at day 100.


My day goes:
• To the hospital around 9-10;
• Get labs.
• Wait 20 minutes to 60 minute to s see what my counts are.
• If to low transfuse, blood.
• Maybe do a test.
• If it Thursday meet with the dr.
• Meet with pharmacist to make sure the pills are rights.
• Get home from noon-3 depending on rest.
• Do SGRE marketing or watch tv, movie,
• Have insomnia. So lay in bed starting around 10. Watch Netflix.
• Cant read really well cause of my blurry eyes.
• Crazy cramps come on around 1. Last for 1-3 hours.
• Take a cocktail of pain pills.
• My hands also freeze up like arthritis. In crazy pain.
• Cant sleep so I go back to work.
• Or I get up and watch tv and eat cherries.
• Repeat.

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Ready to bring your family rafting on the Yampa River?

by GriffithAdmin 12. March 2014 13:57

Rafting the Yampa River this Year?

Tiger Wall on Yampa RiverThis week's "Family Rafting Highlight" is the Untamed Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. 


A guide favorite, this river stretch is great for couples, mature families and those who want to experience some whitewater.


Just a FEW highlights your family will enjoy on the Yampa River:

 

True Family Escape: This remote setting inspires a chance to reconnect with fellow family members and relax.

What you will love: The solitude of a rarely run canyon, inflatable kayaking during the day, and playing horseshoes with your dad or sister in the evening.


What you will love about being with the SGRE family.(the GUIDES!)
The way they express and animate the amazing stories of the Yampa River. How easily they can get the job done from cooking and cleaning to rowing the boats.


Nature that makes you say WOW:
Towering Steamboat Rock, The Tiger Wall and Warm Springs Rapid- with its infamously nicknamed MAYTAG HOLE!


Things you can learn along the way:
History of Fremont Native Americans, Smore's are just as delicious at 35 as they were at 10, and that a glass of wine is WAY better on the Yampa River's edge.

Why your family should do the Yampa River this YEAR!


Lets go rafting on the Yampa RiverThe Yampa River, through remote Dinosaur National Monument is an easy escape! As the last free-flowing river in the Colorado River drainage, the Yampa can be incredibly wild in May and June.

This remote rarely run canyon gives your family a great opportunity to relax, unwind and really have fun with new friends or old family members. With options such as inflatable through classic whitewater and hiking to the Mantle Cave this years “Family Highlighted" Yampa River trips are not ones to be missed in 2014!

The Yampa River has a short season, and with snow pack's changing year to year one never knows when the next time a large whitewater season is going to bless the Yampa. This trip is one of Sheri Griffith River Expeditions' most popular and can sellout quickly


4 Day Yampa River Booking Online NOTE: We have already closed our May 22nd launch for the 4 day Yampa River trip.The Yampa River is where you want to be this year, so book quickly!

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Skinny Tire has Raised 2 Million Dollars for Cancer Charities

by emma 5. March 2014 11:17

2014 Moab Skinny Tire Event!!!

Canyonlands National Park

 

Eleven years ago Mark Griffith started the Skinny Tire Event to help deal with his grief from losing his older brother to cancer. The first year the event only had a handful of riders mostly friends and family but raised $1,200. The event started to gain steam, and from there on out growing bigger every year. Now over 6,000 riders have participated and have donated over $2 million dollars to a variety of charities supporting cancer research and survivorship.

The comradery between cyclists, nature and donating to a very worthy cause make this event unforgettable year after year. Cancer touches so many people negatively its nice to turn some into a positive.

“It's about seeing an obstacle and knowing you can get through it. It's feeling the reward on the downside of the climb — the last day of treatment — every day you choose to live versus succumb. The scenery inspires... helps one think, experience, rejuvenate & regenerate.”- Skinny Tire Festival cyclist

Since Skinny Tire’s inception, Sheri Griffith Expeditions has always been a strong supporter, donating equipment and volunteering time.  In recent years, this event has become very personal to us as our own co-owner Arlo Tejada has been battling cancer for that past three years.  We know and have seen how this event has personally helped cancer survivors; people fighting cancer and people who have lost loved ones.

This year the Skinny Tire event is just $1,100 short of reaching their goal with only a few days left to donate to the cause. If you are interested in donating or joining in this weekend please click on the link for more info: Moab Skinny Tire Event