Grand Canyon rafting trips are indeed a trip of a lifetime. Many people have told us how they have a different life outlook or perspective after returning from a rafting trip on the Colorado River. That magical feeling though can be hard to explain, take a look at one river guest’s incredible attempt to explain the ‘Canyon Magic’ in a poem:
So, I’m back in the city
And my friends all exclaim,
“So, you had a good time… well, you look ‘in pain’
“Your lips are cracked, and your hair’s like straw!
“Your legs are bruised, and your knees are raw!
“Your nails are broken, you’ve gained weight,
“How can you say that your trip was great?
“Your sunburn’s peeling…it sure is a “beaut’
“It looks like you’re wearing a camouflage suit!
“So, you had a good time…well, you ‘tell me’
“You look like you just came through World War Three!”
“Listen, my friend said, carefully,
and I will tell you what this all means to me.”
“My bruises will fade, and my bones will heal”
“My skin will be soft underneath the peel”
“My hair will recover, and so will my lips”
“And I’ll get those 10 pounds off my hips”
“But the memories I’ve stored, will not fade away”
“They will be with me, to my dying day”
“The whitewater thrills, and the red canyon walls”
“The Indian ruins, and pure waterfalls”
“The fun with new friends, and boatman tall tales:
“Boatman great cooking and whitewater wails”
“Yes, the memories I’ve made will not fade away”
“They will be with me, to my dying day.”
By: Shirley Hopka June 21, 1983