The Waterblog

Rivers and Oceans Unplug: Connecting to What Truly Matters
Our modern lives revolve around connection – text messages, phone calls, Wi-Fi, likes, tweets, pins, comments, shares, emails. Most of us are connected to a device daily and it’s easy to fall the slippery slope of constant scrolling, liking, and emoji-ing. We can stream almost anything we want while walking, at the grocery store, hanging out with friends, at home on the couch, or in bed before we fall asleep. Technology instantly connects us to billions around the globe and provides us with infinite resources. There is no doubt that digital connection has become part of our daily routines.
Cowboy Coffee never tasted so good: Rafting in the Grand Canyon
“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.
Think Rafting the Zambezi is Too Hardcore? Think Again. This week we sat down with Hamish McMaster of Water by Nature who shared with us what makes the Zambezi River in Zambia, Africa his “favorite river in the world”.

Adventure Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

One-Size-Does-NOT-Fit-All Often, we correlate the word “adventure” with blood-pumping, adrenaline-spiking experiences. While there definitely are adventures that fit that hardcore mold, we know first hand that adventure does not mean that you must take on extreme conditions, elements, or risks. We like to think of adventure as a state of mind; exceptional experiences that allow you to re-frame your perspective on life.

Sharing the Moment, Man & Nature.

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.

Belize – Discover Something New.

eady to set out on an adventure full of color, variety, and surprising discoveries? Point your compass toward Belize and get ready to experience exotic wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins, and a variety of active expeditions from the rainforest to island beaches. For travelers who love to get the most out of every day, Belize is sure to please!
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.
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