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The Grand Canyon! The Big Ditch! The Most Beautiful Place I Have Ever Been!

Between July 29th and August 17th, I went on the most exciting trip I have ever been on, a private trip with some of my best friends rafting the Grand Canyon for 15 nights and 16 days. You might notice those dates don't add up to 15 nights and 16 days. That is because the trip started bright and early the morning of July 29th with a 17 hour drive from Boulder, CO to Flagstaff, AZ in my good friend's, Spencer Lacy's, school/river bus.

The planning/packing that went into the trip is an endeavor I don't necessarily want to write about, though it was quite a feat! After our drive we arrived at a Walmart parking lot in which we slept for the night with plans to get up early and get to the river put-in. That is just what we did, after we picked up a handful of friends from the airport and one rental raft from a nearby gear shop. At the put-in, we proceeded to rig the rafts and unload the bus.

Said School Bus at Lee's Ferry (the put-in)
The first few days of the trip were…

The Roof Top Tent

The Build I decided one afternoon just before finals week that I wanted to build a roof top tent for my car. This was going to be used on an upcoming road trip. My initial thought was that I could do it all for under $100. I didn't realize how intense the project would get with only 8 days to complete it. Luckily my friend Luke was willing to endure some long hours both in the shop making the hinges and in the garage sewing. We built the entire thing from scratch. Scrap metal and a little time in the machine shop produced a pair of hinges (the second iteration will be better). A 4' by 8' piece of plywood was the starting point for the base. The hardware came from Home Depot. The tent material I got from ripstopbytheroll.com. All of this was done for under $100. The padding sent me over budget by about $70. I bought a couple of mattress toppers from Target. Still, the project was done for about $725 less than a new RTT would cost for my car. And that's the cheap model! …