I have booked our raft/float trip through Rimrock Adventures in Fruita. The event will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022. We are scheduled to meet at Rimrock Adventures at 9:45am, and we’ll begin our adventure at 10:00 am. This gives us a chance to get there, pay, sign waivers, use the bathroom etc. This is a 90-minute float down The Colorado River and does NOT include WHITEWATER rafting. This is “Adventure Light” for those of us who like the idea of adventure and would love to have a fun time with friends and other like-minded light adventure seekers, without [necessarily] putting our lives at risk. This is a way to do that.
Currently, we have 5 people who have said they’re interested in participating. The cost is $48 per person and you’ll pay it directly to Rimrock Adventures before we go out on our float. I recommend that you pay with cash, as they do charge an extra 4% for credit/debit card transactions.
After the float has ended, we’ll be shuttled back to Fruita, where we’ll have lunch. We’ll probably eat at Hot Tomato Pizza in old-town Fruita. It’s a casual place where they serve the very best thin crust pizza in Colorado! There are other choices, and we’ll take a vote, if, for some odd reason you just really hate pizza. ?? (I mean really. Who hates pizza?) Oh well, they make their own dough daily, hand-stretch it, and proof it for a day. (it’s the best!) Gluten-free options are available, in a smaller, individual sized pizza. Beer, wine, and soda are also available.
If you live in the Grand Valley, this will be a fun local adventure. I highly recommend that everyone treat their hometown with the same wonder and excitement as you feel when traveling to a new city or town. This is your chance! The rafts will hold up to 10 people, so we do have room for more participants. If you’re interested, please PM me to confirm your attendance and how many will be in your party. I’ll need to keep the head count above 4 people, and no more than 10.
If you’re coming in from Denver or some other location, this is also an excellent weekend to head out to the western slope, as The Colorado Lavender Festival will also be in full swing at this time. You can participate in free, self-guided tours of the local lavender farms on either Friday or Sunday.
The festival, including live music and arts and crafts vendors, will be happening on Saturday at Riverbend Park in Palisade. The cost to attend this festival is only $5. With that price, all activities within the festival are offered at no additional charge. This includes cooking and various craft instructions etc. as well as vendors so you can do a little shopping if you like. Some tickets are available at the festival. For more information, here’s a link to follow:
Another fun event they’ll be having in association with The Lavender Festival that Saturday night, is a lavender/wine pairing dinner at Maison La Belle Vie Winery in The Redlands. The cost for this event is $105 so I’m not signing up unless or until you do! LOL
I’ve had some interest from some participants in going to Palisade to photograph the lavender fields at sunrise. Because of the raft trip starting mid-morning on Saturday, photographing the lavender fields will best be done Sunday morning, and then we can have breakfast in Palisade if you like. There may be a Farmer’s Market in Palisade that day as well, so we won’t run out of things to do. There’s a couple of nice breakfast places in Palisade. Breakfast is Dutch treat and I’m not charging anything for my time either, so that’s a pretty sweet deal. The rules are, we’re not allowed to walk onto private property, but we can get some great shots from the road.
If you’re coming in from out of town, you’ll need to book a room at one of the great local hotels in the Grand Valley or make your camping reservations. It’s not too soon to be thinking about this now. That weekend is going to be busy around here, so the sooner you book, the better chance you have of getting a great room or camping spot. If you’re a local, well – one less thing to worry about! Just come out and have some fun in the sun!
I look forward to this event and getting to see and spend time with my fellow Colorado Light Adventurers! (Or is that “Adventurers of Light?”)
And last but certainly not least, I’m considering putting a horse riding trip together in July. I haven’t ridden a horse since 19__ ??? So this will be a short 1-hour ride to see how we do. If we do well, we might consider a longer ride later on in the summer, including a possible ride into The Little Bookcliffs to see the wild horses. But we’ll have to get into horse riding shape first. This first ride will likely be held in July, also through Rimrock Adventures. The cost of a 1-hour ride is $70. Let me know if you’re interested! Hi Ho Silver Away!
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