My husband and I have recently had the fantastic good fortune to experience the Rim to Rim Bass Trail Packrafting trip through the Grand Canyon with our fantastic guide, Ken Parker. I have waited and eagerly anticipated a hike such as this for many years and my expectations were met, exceeded and blown out of the water .
The preplanning information on the JRI site was accurate, detailed and very helpful! My experience was that the hike ratings and preparation advice were bang on! The office staff responded to all of my inquiries promptly and in a very professional, yet friendly manner. Even when the goverment "closed" the Grand Canyon, staff were prepared with alternate routes and seemed determined to provide the best hike/experience possible.
Our trip partners were enthusiastic, friendly, warm and fun and we jelled as a team within moments of meeting each other. This made the trip so much more enjoyable than it might have been.
Our guide, Ken, was such a delight to hike with. Ken seems to have a vast knowledge of the area and was so generous in sharing it with us: the geology and geography, plants (and their many uses),living creatures, history of the local people and cultures, folklore and tales and so much more. It was obvious Ken loves the Grand Canyon and sharing it with others. We loved his animated story telling and his singing random happy songs! Not to mention his killer coffee and delicious, healthful meals.
It bears mentioning that Ken's experience and skills in the backcountry were of great comfort. We felt complete confidence in his ability to lead us safely while allowing each of us the space we needed to challenge ourselves. Thank you Ken!
Kudos JRI- expectations exceeded on all fronts .
By Lynne Rozenboom on 2013-11-10