When was the last time you did something for the first time?

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

There’s simply nothing as exciting as doing something for the first time. Remember back to when you saw the ocean for the first time or ran your first mile or travelled someplace new – it was probably exhilarating, scary, and absolutely worth it. Fear is often what...
Leave Only Footprints | Tips for Sustainable Travel

Leave Only Footprints | Tips for Sustainable Travel

Most of us strive to make eco-friendly choices at home, but what about when we travel? Having been in the adventure travel industry for 30 years, we strive to balance our travels with our eco-footprint. We have partnered with amazing outfitters from around the world...
Embrace Your Inner Explorer: A Manifesto

Embrace Your Inner Explorer: A Manifesto

Here at Rivers & Oceans, we inspire ourselves and others to answer the call of adventure. We encourage others to be bold, to trailblaze, and to embrace what life has to offer. That is why we created a manifesto to empower and encourage you to connect with your...
Bring Back Quality Time

Bring Back Quality Time

Quality time can often take a backseat to the distractions of our everyday lives. It is easy to get caught up in our daily mishmash of emails, work routines, and long hours spent behind a screen. Adventure has a way of putting things into perspective. Unplugging and...
Coming Home

Coming Home

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,...
Adventure Spotlight – Mount Fairweather, Alaska

Adventure Spotlight – Mount Fairweather, Alaska

Mount Fairweather is said to be one of the worst-named but most beautiful mountains on Earth. Dramatically rising 15,300 feet out of Glacier Bay, the peak is the perfect example of the beautiful and stark wilderness of Alaska and British Columbia. In native Tlingit...
The Swamper Wants to Boof the Groover? | Need to Know River Lingo

The Swamper Wants to Boof the Groover? | Need to Know River Lingo

Whether you are new to running rivers or you are a river rat, knowing the language of the river is a necessity to understanding your guides and other passengers. After reading the list of lingo below, you’ll sound a like a seasoned river runner in no time! Bar – an...
Falling in love with the Grand Canyon

Falling in love with the Grand Canyon

For nearly four decades, I have had the privilege of guiding and leading river expeditions in different corners of the world. However, my true love is running the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. It never gets old; riding the emerald waters of the river, feeling...
A Glimpse in Time | The Queen of Glen Canyon: Katie Lee

A Glimpse in Time | The Queen of Glen Canyon: Katie Lee

Hollywood actress, revered folk singer, and unwavering environmentalist. Known for her spunk and a penchant for dropping f-bombs, Katie Lee was a Jill of all trades who became one of the most outspoken opponents against the damming of Glen Canyon. Born on October 23,...
We are all Downstream – The Clean Water Act

We are all Downstream – The Clean Water Act

Clean water is our life’s blood. Without clean oceans and rivers, we would be up the creek without a paddle. Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which turned the tides of the increasingly polluted waterways in the United States at the time. The...
Adventure Spotlight – Elves Chasm and Redwall Cavern

Adventure Spotlight – Elves Chasm and Redwall Cavern

The experience of rafting through Grand Canyon is completely unique to each traveler. Every trip down the Colorado River is eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and awe-inspiring. Adventure awaits around every bend and through every rapid – the opportunities are endless....
The Scenic Route

The Scenic Route

I am not a very patient person – I like to blame it on my first child syndrome. I don’t like waiting in long lines, I hate traffic, and I want to get to where I’m going as smoothly and quickly as possible. When I first began traveling, I would become anxious at the...
Adventure Spotlight: The Five Finger Lighthouse

Adventure Spotlight: The Five Finger Lighthouse

Peek into Alaska’s naval history with a visit to the Five Finger Lighthouse, the first lighthouse in Alaska. The lighthouse takes its name from the islands that were aptly named because sailors often said the rocky islets, some only visible during low tide, looked...
What You Discover When You Travel

What You Discover When You Travel

Traveling brings up a mixture of emotions – some nerves, lots of excitement, and a sense of longing. Longing for new experiences, unknown opportunities, and placing your feet in a place they have never been before. You can bring your expectations with you, but you...
Adventure Spotlight – Admiralty Island, Alaska

Adventure Spotlight – Admiralty Island, Alaska

Home to the densest population of brown bears in the world and lush rain forests, Admiralty Island is the definition of true undisturbed wilderness. Known as Kootznoowoo (“fortress of the bear”) by the people of the Tlingit tribe, the island is home to nearly one...
Adventure Spotlight – Mayflower Bocawina National Park

Adventure Spotlight – Mayflower Bocawina National Park

Mayan ruins, epic waterfalls, lush rainforest – Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the Maya Mountains of Belize is the explorer’s paradise. Located on the eastern side of the mountain range with views of the Caribbean Sea, this park is one of Belize’s hidden gems....
Adventure Spotlight – The Great Blue Hole of Belize

Adventure Spotlight – The Great Blue Hole of Belize

From aerial views, the Great Blue Hole of Belize is exactly that – a massive, circular abyss of sapphire water. Considered to be a “bucket-list” item of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is an ancient sinkhole made by the collapse of a cavern tens of thousands of years ago....
New Zealand: Experience It Like a Local

New Zealand: Experience It Like a Local

Want an all-inclusive New Zealand experience without having to plan anything more than your flights into the country? We have the trip for you! We sat down with Hamish McMaster of Water by Nature who shared with us his one of his favorite offerings: his New Zealand...
Everyday Adventures

Everyday Adventures

The word adventure can evoke a sense of extremity. Jumping out of airplanes, whitewater rafting, diving with sharks, hiking to the highest peak – adventure is often defined as “go big or go home”. We don’t believe this is necessarily true....
Unplug: Connecting to What Truly Matters

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...
Tutus and Wine: White Water Rafting in Oregon

Tutus and Wine: White Water Rafting in Oregon

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....
Adventure Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

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...