A sense of belonging is something that everyone craves, even if it is difficult to define. We long to find people who understand, support, and recognize the unique traits and talents that we each individually have to offer. Our vice president, Jennifer Outland, recently compared each person at Rivers & Oceans to a bouquet of
“Ok folks, you’re going to want to hold on tight. This one is a big one. It’s called House Rock and today it’s looking like a 6,” our guide, Shavonne, bellowed from the rear of the boat.
Christie and I immediately glanced at each other in excitement as our eyes communicated that we migrate to sit in the front of the boat. The ‘bath tub’ is the wettest and, arguably, the best seat in the house. It was a very hot and long first day full of built up anticipation. Up until this point, it still had not hit me that we were in the grandest of all canyons.
I’m not a serious outdoorsman.
I’ve never been a river guide or worked in a national park. Heck, I used to fake a stomach ache to get out of going outside for recess. When I travel, I like to visit cities with nice restaurants, hotels, and running water, above all.
Don’t get me wrong. A love for adventure sits close to my heart and there is nothing I like better than going somewhere new.
Incredible things happen when we set out for adventure; the unexpected creates moments in time that connect us and stay with us forever. Our own Sammy Pappas tells us a story from his days as a guide in Belize, when an afternoon of windsurfing lead to a close encounter and a lifelong friendship.
Fran & Dan Take on the Grand Canyon 1-Day Rafting Adventure!
This summer we sent our Adventure Booking Specialists, Daniel and Francesca, out on a Grand Canyon 1-Day Rafting Adventure. Neither one had ever been on the Colorado River, so they left R&O with a blank canvas of expectations and a spirit full of excitement for the journey ahead.
There’s something almost magical that happens when we are fearlessly chasing adventure. Our entire state of mind is open to whatever life has to offer. The thrill of the unknown calls us to go further – and we do, because somehow we know that amazing things are waiting for our arrival. For some, that amazing event is meeting the love of one’s life; the companion that makes every adventure more fulfilling.