Cowboy Coffee and Campfire

Cowboy Coffee and Campfire By Madeline Friend Photo by Maddie Friend. My clothes smell of cowboy coffee and campfire on another river morning when everything is the same and more different than it has ever been.    _____   I step onto my boat the one caked in sand and grins held together by technicolor…

UBMS

Building Skills for Science and Life on the San Juan River By Tory Syracuse Northern Arizona University’s Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) program supports high schoolers who are potential first-generation college students. According to Director Mark Despain, “UBMS focuses on working with students from five high schools in northern Arizona. Most of our students…

Humbled by Nature

Humbled by Nature By Lauren Pacheco “On my first GCY trip, as we were going through a rapid in the snow on the Upper San Juan, I remember thinking how much I wanted to be at home under a blanket with my dog, but I pushed through the day. Looking back, those uncomfortable moments are…

Thank you, Alison!

Thank You, Alison!For the past five years, Alison Holland has shared her passion for the transformative power of the river through her position as Operations Director, working with guides and preparing gear for expeditions. We will miss her and wish her well in her new endeavor. We hope she’ll be back to row kids down…

The Park Prescription

The Park Prescription By Annette McGivney Several weeks ago, while walking past the neighborhood park, I was shocked to see the playground equipment wrapped in yellow caution tape.    “Was someone murdered right here on the merry go round?” I wondered.    But then I realized the tape was just another desperate response to this…