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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Adventure Spotlight – The Drake Passage

Antarctica is considered the last great wilderness on Earth. Untouched by civilization and steeped in stark, chilling beauty, visitors are bound to experience a place unlike any other. The voyage to Antarctica is considered a rite of passage, especially...

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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. Hidden...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. Life is an adventure, with...

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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...

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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....

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Travel Antarctica Q&A: Captain Jens Köthen

How often do you get to meet a sea Captain in the desert? This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Captain Jens Köthen of the expedition yacht Hanse Explorer to talk about his favorite destination in the world: Antarctica. For the past ten years, Captain Jens...

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Comment on National Monuments

BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT Send the Department of Interior your comments about the National Monuments   May 15, 2017 Hello Fellow Adventurers, For the next month, you can comment on the executive order to remove the status of many of our National Monuments -...

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Grand Canyon Solo Trip

The Beginning Geoff’s solo Grand Canyon journey, began in 1995. This is when he was first placed on the waitlist for a private, non-commercial river trip on the Colorado River. People at the bottom of the waitlist were waiting years as demand for these permits...

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20 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day!

We love being out in nature, so it should come as no surprise that Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays. We rallied our team to talk about our favorite ways to be a friend to the environment every day and we came up with this practical, easy to implement list. 1....

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10 Sustainable Travel Tips

We love to travel and we are always looking for ways to be more sustainable and eco-conscious about our impacts and choices. We pooled our team and came up with 10 practices that we have incorporated into our own travels from Antarctica to Zambia. Before you Book....

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Think Rafting the Zambezi is Too Hardcore? Think Again.

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”. Hamish is one of our newest partners, but his...

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International Day of Action for Rivers

Dear River Lovers, On every river in the world that can be run, there is someone running it.  And on every river in the world that is in danger, people are there to protect it. These are the people who make sure that the world’s most amazing rivers stay pristine,...

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Salt River Rafting

WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE EARLY SEASON A Salt River rafting trip is among the earliest rafting opportunities in the US. When the warm spring time sun melts the  mountain snow, this is the time to go rafting in Arizona. Perfect for Spring Break! GREAT FAMILY TRIP...

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10 Reasons We Love Expedition Cruising

Like most people, when I used to hear the word “cruise” I was flooded with images of huge ships overflowing with thousands of people. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the world of expedition cruising that I had a total paradigm shift. I was living on the Big Island of...

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Travel Bites: A Boot-Sucking Bushwhack in Southeast Alaska!

This past September I had the opportunity of visiting Southeast Alaska and embarking on an 8 day Expedition Cruise from Juneau to Ketchikan through the Inside Passage. Although the entire trip was an incredible adventure, my favorite moments were when we set out in...

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Gather ‘Round for Adventure

Gather 'Round for Adventure Coming together makes this time of year special.  We gather with friends and family, sharing joyful moments, home-cooked meals, stories of the past, and our hopes for the future. The value of slowing down and sharing quality time with the...

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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...

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Belize – Discover Something New.

Ready 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...

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Baja, Mexico – Something Special All Year Long.

The Perfect Balance of Water and Land Adventure! Highly praised by divers, snorkelers and marine naturalists from all over the globe and dubbed “The Worlds’ Aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez is an adventurer’s paradise.  These waters are home to over...

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A Call To Action – Save The Grand Canyon!

Your Urgent Action is Needed by Saturday, September 3rd! Friends of Grand Canyon: Rivers & Oceans is reaching out for your help on an urgent matter. The unthinkable has happened: Legislation was submitted late yesterday within the Navajo Nation for the Grand Canyon...

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Campfire Meal of The Month – Eggplant Parmigiana

What's cookin'? The Campfire Meal of The Month is our way of sharing some delicious, R&O house-favorite recipes that we've enjoyed in the great outdoors or in our homes among family and friends.  Whether you're camping at the lake, the beach, on the river, or out in...

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Fran & Dan take on the Grand Canyon 1-Day Rafting Adventure!

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...

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Weekend Warriors ; 1 & 2 Day Southwest Rafting Adventures!

Only have a few days?  We’ve got your ticket to the best 1 & 2-day Whitewater Rafting Adventures in the Southwest. The Southwest is an adventurer’s playground, and for those of us that reside in Arizona (or are passing through) the possibilities for weekend river...

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Adventure Couples – Tim & Pam

Adventure Couples 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...

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Aliens Want to go Whitewater Rafting too

3:55 AM, June 2, 2016 Day 12 River Mile 134 Owl Eyes Camp I was roused out of a deep slumber by some unidentified insect crawling along my arm. Instinctively, I brushed it off. OK, back to sleep. But, now I was awake, eyes wide open, laid out on the beach. Sans...

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Campfire Meal of The Month; Dutch-Oven Cornbread Chili Pie

Cami Jo's Dutch-Oven Cornbread Chili Pie This a really easy Dutch-oven recipe that my family has enjoyed several times on the river and camping various places across Arizona. It’s a hearty, southwestern comfort food and is delicious for lunch or dinner.  When camping,...

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Unplug & Set Sail

It's Time to go Offline... A lot of us wait for our vacation in hopes that we can relax and recharge, but sadly we often return feeling like we need a vacation from our vacation. In addition to planning our trip, which can sometimes feel like a second job, we also...

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Why Water?

When I travel and meet new people, I’m often asked what I do for work. Even though it’s a mouthful, I usually say that I work for a water adventure travel company. Often there’s a pause followed by the question: why water adventures? For me, water makes everything...

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A Winter Walk Towards Whitewater

The start of 2016 saw an acutely cold and snowy January in Flagstaff. While not living up to the great expectations of this El Niño year, it has still provided a good, stable snow pack that should last well into the spring. Now that it is February, the...

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Change Your Frame

We all face challenges in our day-to-day lives...but there’s something about traveling and being on an adventure that makes us more accepting of these challenges. In a new environment we are often more open and less resistant, which makes it easier to overcome...

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I Believe In Travel Because …

Why do you believe in travel? What we believe in says a lot about who we are. The team at R&O has many different beliefs, but one thing we all believe in is the transformative power of travel and its ability to connect us to our place in the world and each other. This...

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Raft Grand Canyon with Robby

River trips, especially in Grand Canyon are magical experiences. Each trip is unique in the way the sun shines and the river flows, and the Canyon is forever changing yet its essence remains the same. For over three decades I have had the privilege of guiding and...

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Seasons of Grand Canyon

Seasons of Grand Canyon – Rafting through the Grand Canyon is an unparalleled experience. One of the most common questions we receive from first time rafters is, “What is the best time to raft?”  We wish we could give a finite answer; however, the honest answer is...

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A Day on The Colorado River – A Journal Perspective

- M o r n i n g - The sun starts to warm us up as we drift in and out of cool shadows. Two thousand feet of canyon walls are a dazzling testament to Mother Nature’s unique and artistic flair. Suddenly we all hear it: a roar of water and a lower groan of massive...

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Are You #StuckOnAdventure?

At Rivers & Oceans, we do our best to remind ourselves that adventures come in all shapes and sizes, and that if we’re living life to its fullest, every day can be an adventure. What can we say? We’re crazy about adventure! We sent our team out with a fistful of R&O...

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Baring it All, on The Salt River

One year my dad and I did an early spring trip down the upper Salt River in Arizona. The water was running particularly low that season, which can make it more technical as trees and protruding rocks create more obstacles to maneuver around. This was only my second...

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The Important Places

An incredibly powerful story about a trip down the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and how it truly transforms people; forever leaving its mark on the hearts and spirits of those who have experienced its grandeur. Watch The Important Places, a powerful 9 minute film...

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Changing Tides

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." ~ Lao-Tzu Last summer I had the feeling that I needed to do something different,...

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