October 2018
The V-Wave
Your connection to AzRA & the Colorado River!
About the V Wave
The V Wave (named after the legendary wave in Lava Falls rapid) keeps you connected with AzRA Grand Canyon, the river community, and the Canyon. If you have trouble viewing this email, please follow the link at the top of this message to view a web version.   

This fall edition features an article on chuckwallas in Grand Canyon, a guide profile on Kelli O'Keefe, and an update on our 2020 reservations. Also, do you like writing blog articles? See below if you'd be interested in writing a guest blog (or two) for us!

Lastly, don't forget the links at the bottom of the newsletter. These Grand Canyon related sites were chosen just for you!
Chuckwalla or Gila Monster?

Chuckwallas are frequently confused with gila monsters on Grand Canyon rafting adventures, as young chuckwallas tend to have similar coloring to gila monsters.

Chuckwallas are flat, heavy-bodied lizards, with thin blunt tails. They can grow up to 18 inches long, and vary in color significantly from juvenile to adult males and females.

Because their diet is mainly leaves and bud flowers, you're most likely to spot them near plant growth. You'll also see them in rock crevices, where they'll puff themselves up in the rocks to protect themselves from predators.

See the whole article at the button below!

Want to raft with us in 2020?

We're planning an opening day early next year, likely in mid-January for 2020 reservations. If you'd like to go on a Grand Canyon rafting adventure with us in 2020, click the button below to join our 2020 Opening Day email list. As soon as we set an official opening day date, we'll email everyone on the list with instructions on how to make your 2020 reservation. Stay in the know and join now!

Write a blog article for us!

We are always looking for new blog content! You could write an article on anything from a unique or really great experience you had on the river, your favorite thing you learned, your favorite hike or rapid, your favorite boat type you've experienced in Grand Canyon, or something you know quite a bit about regarding Grand Canyon or the Colorado River! The choices are pretty endless. If you're interested, send an email to megan@azraft.com with your idea, and we'll get you started!

Meet Kelli O'Keefe

Kelli started guiding with AzRA in 2012, but took her first trip with AzRA as an assistant in 2010. She mostly guides rowing trips with AzRA, and now dabbles in the Motor Adventure world, too. She's lucky enough to spend about 7 months of the year guiding river trips around the world. She spends her springs and falls guiding with us on the Colorado River, and the summers on the Middle and Main Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. She also guides on the Daqu River on the Tibetan Plateau in China.

During her off-season and down-time, Kelli loves to ski, snowboard, bike, hike, play outside, travel, crochet, play guitar and spend time with her nieces and nephews. She’s also an extremely talented entrepreneur when it comes to sewing. She recently started her own fleece clothing company called  FunHoggin’ Fleecewear , where she makes fun, colorful fleece shorts and skirts to be worn for all sorts of outdoor adventures.

Click the button below to read about her favorite rapids and hikes, and why she enjoys being a guide for Arizona Raft Adventures in Grand Canyon!