At some point in any river trip through the Grand Canyon, a guest will ask, “How do you get the boats back upstream?”
As guides, it's hard to resist feeding a few "skewed" answers to our guests like “we fill the tubes with helium and fly them back”. Or, “Actually the river just circles back to the starting point like a lazy river at a waterpark.”
It’s fun to dazzle guests with a few flashy Wizard of Oz moments before telling them the not-so-glorious truth truth that we literally disassemble everything and load it all into a semi-truck trailer. It's not helium wizardry, or magic circular rivers, but what we do is a modern-day marvel nonetheless. It’s engineering, and ordering, and habits of perpetual preparation, and plain old hard work.
You see lots of hard work from the guides on the river, but now you've got a better glimpse into how these trips get on and off the river. We are so thankful to you, our guests, for making so many jobs possible - especially after one of the strangest springs on record!
Note: this was filmed in the summer of 2019, before COVID-19 protocols.