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First Timers: Raft trips are not just about the rapids! But that’s where it starts!

Something happens on your first river raft trip that is difficult to explain. As strangers you meet at tHappy in the rapids he river’s edge, subconsciously sensing the drift of current downward, out of sight around the bend, unsure of where the river will take you. At first each sandaled, life-jacketed stranger in the newly formed group clings to their own unique feelings of uncertainty, fear, anticipation… Greetings are extended, names are shared, easing tensions by a degree or so… but then the first rapid approaches…. the water swells, the feelings unshared with the group swell… When the boat drops over the glossy tongue of the first rapid, those feelings surge from deep inside the chest– rapidly approaching the vocal chords. Suddenly the boat jars as the first wave impacts and explodes over the front of the boat!  Without a thought, all those feelings held inside explode into the air with a sound you haven’t heard yourself make since you were a little kid on your first wagon ride. In an instant you realize everyone else around you has shared that exact same moment. You are born into a new world where rivers suddenly run through your veins and your new family are those faces you see, sharing a boat, sharing a million little (and big) moments only a river trip can offer.

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Kam Wixom

Kam began guiding in the Grand Canyon in 1991, met & guided with his wife in 2000, and is the proud daddy of 5 kids. He now works as the Marketing Director for Western River Expeditions.

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