"We go on the river to do all sorts of things, including eating great food. The river can accommodate us all.
restrac2000 got it just right in my opinion. When I first started boating rivers many many years ago my main goal was to get to the point where I felt I could do it, after I got the basic skill set down my goal was adventure and adrenalin, at some point I got into rafting and after a while I began to enjoy cooking and eating really good meals on a river some where. At this point, I still enjoy the meals, am past the adrenalin kick and just enjoy being outside with river buds.
I think like Philip, there is a river out there for all of us.