Originally Posted by OregonianRG
For the most part, I would say rafters are some on the nicest, friendliest people on the planet. Since I started boating over 30 years ago I have made so many good friends through my probably close to 100 muti-day trips, plus many single day floats. I got my son into boating. He too says it is one of the best parts of his life.
I think you can get to know someone better by boating with them for 5 days on the river than knowing them for 5 years of city life.
When I first started rafting it was all about the rivers and the whitewater . Now it is way more about the people and of course the wilderness.
If you did a survey across America, I would say less than one in 10,000 are private boaters. We are a lucky few.
Time for another cocktail. God bless you buzzards.
My river time has shaped who I am and what I aspire to be.
One of the best experiences thus far in a decade of floating was just my wife and I on Deso last October. Sharing a week of floating, mellow whitewater, a great place and good food/wine was brilliant for us. Getting know Desolation Canyon year after year since 2005 has been wonderful. The subtle changes through the seasons and years is a great lesson in life.
Getting to know diverse people has been an asset. We do small groups but bond in a way you can't outside of shared outdoor experiences and goals. We are still opening up doors to new people and are excited to see what happens.
Thanks for a great reminder to be grateful! Happy Presidents Day everyone.