My entire life, I've always heard people say that they're going to the river and that the river is amazing and it's the best part of summer... but I never knew what that entailed UNTIL a couple weekends ago. Alex and I were invited to take a trip to the Colorado River near Parker Dam to celebrate his Tia's birthday.
I had this image in my head that it would just be a river with some trailers and hotels around and people might drink but that's about it. For the most part, this image was pretty accurate. But it never occurred to me that I have never seen an actual river. We saw part of the Mississippi River when we went to New Orleans but it seemed so industrialized that it almost felt manmade. We've seen the San Diego 'River' but is it really a river? Or just a stream filled with pollution and mostly dried up from the drought? Whether you consider these examples rivers or not, I was not prepared to be in this crystal clear, completely fresh, no salt at all, wide and curving river that carved its way through such beautiful rock ranges.
It was gorgeous and the perfectly sunny weekend to layout, tan, and relax with family and friends. It was a short 2 day trip but it was such a nice break to get away from the realities of working and school and all the other stresses that we've been feeling overwhelmed with.
Alex's Tia and Nino recently bought a trailer at one of the river properties, so we stayed in a hotel on the same property and spent our meal times at the trailer. When we weren't eating, we went down to the shoreline and laid out to tan, sip a couple of margaritas, and take a dip in the river. In the mornings, the boys woke up early to fish while the girls caught up on their beauty sleep. In the afternoons, we went out on our friend's boat and sped down the river before jumping off the rocks and cliffs into the brisk waters. Most people innertube or wakeboard off the back of their boats but the one we were on goes way too fast to do either of those two. When we got back to shore we ate snacks, drank a little more, and started grilling for dinner. After a eating dinner we would dance, laugh, and drink some more before going to the Bluewater Casino that was about 20 minutes away. If you sign up for their player card you can get free play which we took full advantage of. We want to go back to the casino during the day though because they have a beautiful water slide area and other places to explore.
Overall it was an amazing trip filled with even more first times- first time to the river, on a speed boat, gambling, and seeing such brilliant stars. I would recommend bringing lots of food, making sure to bring sunscreen, and making friends with the people around you. Everyone there is super friendly and sociable. The more friends you make, the more good vibes that join in on the river party.
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