A Colorado Adventure – Part 2

There was just way to much fun to share from our rafting trip and day up in the mountains for only one post, A Colorado Adventure – Part 1 so here is part 2.  It was most definitely a beautiful and fun filled day.  Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, I could easily become “addicted” to white water rafting as well.  I will just add it to my list of already exciting and exhilarating adrenaline pumping activities that I love to do.  🙂

We are geared up and ready to go.


As we were waiting, this coal train was passing through, right along the very same river were were soon going to be rafting down.


There were a lot of people that went rafting with us, so they brought out 9 rafts.  Each raft had about 8 people plus a guide.  Once the rafts were ready to go, we loaded into these old school buses and off to the river we went.


We’re on the river.  Because of all the snow and the recent snow run-off, the river was very high and was a rip roaring adventure.  The water levels were very high and the water was flowing at a very fast pace.  Part of the river was closed down because the current and the waters were to high.   We drove past those high points, and Larry said “NO WAY!”.  Me on the other hand, I said “Bring it on!  I would LOVE to go down that part of the river”.  I am glad we took this trip before we heard about yet another tubing death along the Poudre River, in Fort Collins.  We were on large professional rafts.  Tubing is literally going down the river in large intertubes by individuals. It would not have changed our minds though.  We were ready and prepared to go.  Sadly most of the accidents you hear about, and there are always quite a few, are from people who are out on their own and are not with a professional group with skilled and trained guides.


This seemingly innocent spot on the water was anything but.  We had a bit of thrill here and all of us got quite wet.  This water was COLD too.  It is all snow run-off from the mountains, and this was very recent run-off.


The end of the trip and we are headed back to camp.  We rafted with this family.  They were a lot of fun.


Sam, our fearless leader.  He skillfully guided us down the river and back.  No casualties on our raft, thankfully.   Thanks for an awesome white water experience.


We rafted with Raft Defiance, out of Glenwood Springs.  You can book your river rafting experience with Raft Defiance by going to their website raftdefiance.com or by calling them at (970) 404-3022.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

56 thoughts on “A Colorado Adventure – Part 2”

      1. Hahaha! That’s a bit different than paddling around s lake. Better eat ones Wheaties if they choose whitewater kayak stretches of that one. I’m an east coaster, so the New, Nantahala, and Ocoee rivers are my faves.

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  1. I don’t understand why anyone would want to go tubing in water that cold. (Not to mention the fact that they have signs everywhere telling people not to attempt it. What part of “deadly hazards downstream” is difficult to understand?)

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  2. I’m glad you had fun and you guys were safe. Isn’t it a bit freaky to raft with other people who have potentially never done it before?

    (Also, I like your time and date stamp from the first picture.

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  3. Actually, that mountain water is freezing! We went rafting on the Colorado River in Grand Junction. I stuck to the baby rapids (there are rated I and II) around Ruby-Horsethief Canyon. I had hurt my foot about 2 weeks before and all the hiking we did the day before this trip had caused my foot to swell. I stuck it in the water and within a few minutes, it was numb from the cold. Good news, the swelling went down. Bad news, that might be why your Coors tasted funny last August. 😂

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