In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde

By Elisabeth Hyde

The temperature is blistering, and water degrees are emerging within the rapids of the Colorado River JT Maroney, veteran river advisor, is able to take his one hundred and twenty fifth journey deep into the center of the Grand Canyon, probably the most appealing normal chasms on the planet. JT imagine he is noticeable all of it earlier than, yet this journey will switch him without end. For the subsequent weeks his twelve passengers, commonly strangers to each other - and positively to him, will paddle, wim and journey the rapids, sleep below the celebs and breathe within the drama of the panorama. they will additionally study all approximately one another; extra, maybe, than they desired to be aware of. because the journey will get underway, allegiances shape, usually among not likely individuals of the gang: connections that continuously switch and evolve within the so much unpredictable methods.

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Evelyn got off the bus and joined the others, but midway she stopped and peered over the iron railing. There it was, five hundred feet below, a glassy blue ribbon flanked by green bushes and pink cliffs. Where were the rapids? Where was the roar of white water? All she could hear was the drone of cars crossing the bridge. In fact, if she closed her eyes, she could have even been back in Boston. She thought of the man who’d left her six months ago with the briefest of letters, whose golden heart she still wore around her neck.

Didn’t they want to see other places? The truth was, they both felt a renewal of the soul while on the river, something that their friends in Evanston—churchgoers all—failed to comprehend. And then, two years ago, at the age of seventy-four, Lloyd began forgetting things. What he’d had for breakfast. What they’d done last weekend. Examining a patient, he found himself repeating his questions, and then he’d go back to his office and find he couldn’t remember what he’d just diagnosed. Ruth didn’t need a doctor to tell her what was wrong.

Some of these life jackets have a little more give to them. ” He led her back to the pile, and they picked through the life jackets until they found one that buckled. Her arms stuck out cartoonishly, like penguin wings. “I think a lot of it’s just water weight,” she offered. “My mother says it’s from the altitude. ” JT nodded, though he doubted her diagnosis. “Let’s find you a good spot on one of the boats. ” “Okay,” she said timidly. “Come on, then,” said JT, heading toward the boats. ” Amy smiled.

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