They may not all be people you would choose to take a vacation with, but they all turn out to have something that they bring and something that they hope to get out of this adventure. People always have a way of surprising you in life and I love that. Alone in his raft, he would kneel against the side tubes with his arms draped over the edge, staring in a kind of rapt hypnosis at the sheer walls across the river. But in fact he was all three. Calling it memorable is an understatement. Fifteen strangers went on a 2-week rafting trip down the Grand Canyon.
The descriptions of the river and the rafting are pretty amazing too. Not many books can truly capture what it's like to have a transformative experience in the great outdoors particularly in one of the most beautiful places in the world , and Hyde does a I read this in one day--almost in one sitting--so yeah, I'm giving it five stars. Up on the beach, Abo, his paddle captain, was mending a book with duct tape, while Dixie, who would be rowing their third boat, was assembling their picnic dinner. A warm breeze fanned his skin, and he picked out constellations: the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, the busy little Pleiades. A few twists and genuinely scary moments, funny and heartwarming moments, this book has it all. From the cliffs to the water, even the different kinds of heat, the world was built in detail from the ground up.
The book is a pleasing mix of travelogue and psychological exploration. When it was finished, I wanted to start it all over again with another group. Don't even think of it, he heard himself telling Peter. Over the course of thirteen long days, twelve assorted passengers, three rafting guides and one stray dog will navigate the rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon together. Some of the characters were more fleshed out than others. Maybe I should keep a copy of this one to reread when the Seattle gloom starts to get me down, and I need a dose of desert sun. Visit the author's website at www.
Deep in the Inner Gorge, ninety-five miles downstream, the runoff boulders from Hermit Creek collided with the Colorado River to create one of the longest hydraulic roller coasters in the canyon, wave after wave of foaming madness that could buckle a raft in seconds. Read it and find out! Hyde vividly portrays both the wonders and horrors of white-water rafting. There's so much that could have gone wrong here that I opened the first chapter already believing I might not even finish the book. Draining his beer, he tossed the empty can onto a tarp on the beach and reached into the mesh drag bag for another. This one is about a group of strangers coming together for a trip down the Colorado river. My favorite book as an English major was The Sound and The Fury. From their early-morning rise on the shore of the river to the adrenaline rush of paddling through Lava Falls, they will soon come to know each other more intimately than they could have expected.
I went with 13 tourists and 3 guides in 3 boats and gradually got to know all of them and their foibles as the journey unfolded. After that first trip, I read every book I could find on whitewater rafting and the Colorado River. Meet Peter, twenty-seven, single, and looking for a quick hookup; Evelyn, a fifty-year-old Harvard professor; and Ruth and Lloyd, river veterans in their seventies. I feel like I've been on actual, real white water river trip through the Grand Canyon with Elisabeth Hyde's wonderful adventure story In the Heart of the Canyon. As I said, I felt I was there with them. But in fact he was all three.
The individuals and families who have embarked on this trip all come from a variety backgrounds and they all have their own reasons for being there. Of all my novels, only Crazy As Chocolate is written in the first person, and the first person only. Five in all, if his memory served him well. At first I thought this story was going to be kind of cheesy, and it was a bit, but in the end I really enjoyed it. A great read for hot summer days and cool nights.
I have hiked into the canyon and have visited several of the places they stopped. She currently lives in Colorado with her family. There was a mother and daughter, Susan and Amy. From their early-morning rise on the shore of the river to the adrenaline rush of paddling through Lava Falls, they will soon come to know each other more intimately than they could have expected. Group dynamics always fascinate me.
All from a 45 second swim. There was a couple from Wyoming, named Mitchell and Lena; Lena, he noted, was allergic to peanuts, furry animals, grasses, and pollen. I could almost feel like I was experiencing the story. He called it the Death Walk and always reminded his fellow guides not to expect much volunteer help in the first few days of any July trip, as guests acclimated to the suffocating conditions of the Grand Canyon. Reputedly, he had a son by a woman in California, a movie producer whom Abo had met on an earlier trip. What could be better than an armchair adventure down the Colorado River? Ended up watching tons of YouTube videos about rafting on the Colorado River at 1am.