Kat, thank you so much for your comment on my blog. I'm finding life in general is much more friendly when I "get" to do something. I just finished a 5K in Evergreen that had more than a mile of HILLs and I did it with the same attitude and I had a fabulous time and even beat my time from last year and my splits were faster than they have been in a long time.
It sounds like your vacation was beautiful and fun. It's been ages since I've gone rafting. May just have to put that on my to do list in the future. Enjoy your 4th!