A Day on the Job with a Grand Canyon River Guide
If you had chosen the career of a river guide, you just might think that you have the best job in the world. So, what makes the job of a Grand Canyon
river guide so much better than your Average Joe's everyday gig? You will probably need to spend a week in the Canyon with one of our river guides
to find out. After taking part in a Arizona River Runners' rafting adventure on the Colorado River you'll have no problem understanding why river
guides love to go to work everyday. Compare a day in their "office" to a day in yours:
Guides in the Grand Canyon start their day with coffee and breakfast in the majestic setting of one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world.
They're not fighting traffic, and it's easy to see how starting your day floating through the morning calm of this breathtaking river feeds your soul
instead of draining it. You get a sense of your part in the natural world, and how inspiring that world really is.
No fluorescent lighting for river guides, and forget about staring at the glare of a computer screen or those tired old memos from the boss posted on
your cubicle walls throughout the day. These guides enjoy the ever changing scenery, experienced from the Colorado River vantage point that many
people will never see.
No ringing phones, overflowing inboxes, expense reports and sorting e-mail spam. There's a rhythm to the days, but rafting trips are far from routine.
Every bend in the river brings a fresh perspective and the chance to experience something new all over again - you might be facing the adrenaline
pumping rush of whitewater rapids, or the chance to float lazily for a while and take in the scenery of afternoon clouds contrasting against the blue sky
and Canyon walls.
Been doing the same ol', same ol' on the job for years? River trips are fantastic learning experiences. Arizona River Runners guides come from a
wide variety of backgrounds, all with a passion for the river that has allowed them to soak up a wealth of kn