GRAND CANYON, AZ - Whitewater rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon - 225 miles, 18 days, 16 men, 14 swimmers, 8 rafts, 4 flips. Starting at Lees Ferry, AZ to Diamond Creek Take Out, AZ.
Not ten minutes into the trail and suddenly we were forced to retreat into our rain coats. Then, to further impede our progress, lightning flash and thunder strikes right over our heads pushed us to find some shelter amongst the sparse clumps of standing trees. In 2008, the human ignited Cascade fire ripped through here burning over 10,000 acres. Charred bits still peak through the foliage that has since grown back and we have plenty of time to ponder the lightning over our head and the fire it can cause as we wait for the storm to pass. Sixty percent of the fires in the Beartooths are caused by lightning strike.