Bonding on Blue Boats

When leaving Laramie for my 2nd Desolation River trip, I had no clue it would turn out to be one of my favorite trips of all time. It had nothing to do with the actual river. That part of each trip is usually my favorite. This trip was different from the word go. Small talk flew out the truck window within minutes of starting out. We had amazing conversations all the way across the states we traveled. These continued on the raft as we marveled at our surroundings, wondering which came first, the chicken or the rock. We laughed until we cried. I had just lost my father, so other times I just cried. I couldn’t have asked for better friends on this trip if I had tried.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink.

Organization is key on a long trip in the desert. I love it when everything is color coded and has a specific spot on each raft. Atmosphere Mountainworks always plays a big part in my trips. They have the best bags and have fixed my tent zipper more than once. I also have one of their bags that I have dedicated to just art supplies for my rafting trips.

Rivers and Tides – Ode to Andy Goldworthy

Andy Goldworthy has long been my favorite landscape artist. I have watched his award-winning documentary, “Rivers and Tides” numerous times. I love that it is a quiet film…letting his powerful artwork speak for itself. I had recently watched this again right before my last trip down the Grand Canyon, inspiring my own ephemeral artwork in a side canyon. I’ve often wondered if anyone else saw this, added to it or took their own pictures.

Won’t you be my neighbor? Oh wait, you are!

This is Jenn.

Jenn is Rad.

She is patient, kind and encourages everyone she meets to be a better version of themselves.

Jenn smiles and laughs more than anyone I know.

On this day, we took her boat and put it in as many different bodies of water as possible.

Dressed as barmaids.

In July.

Just because.

I am so lucky to have a great friend who lives next door.