Blog

Keep the Yampa River Wild

05/21/18

When we acquired Adrift last year, our introduction to the business and to the Yampa River was with Western State University. For over a decade now, Mark Gibson, Department Chair for the Recreation, Exercise and Sports Science Department, has brought up to 25 students every year in May on a...
READ MORE

Ulysses on the Gauley

05/08/18

22 Years ago, I found myself flying to West Virginia. As a city boy and child of Cuban immigrants, I was raised as far from the country roads John Denver sang about than just about anybody. My Godfather had ended up living in Huntington, WV and they were going to baptize his...
READ MORE

Learn To Read The River

05/03/18

It's that time of year again. River folk of all ages and disciplines are hitting their phones and computers en masse to watch river levels ebb and flow. Making plans to hit new runs or old favorites at just the level they're looking for. When I was new to this...
READ MORE

Escape

03/29/18

“15 years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Now, the real world is an escape from the internet.”  Noah Smith I came upon this quote, quite ironically, while surfing the internet. It stopped me in my tracks, more like my trackpad, and it made me reflect a...
READ MORE

River Gear Mule and Guide School

02/15/18

In 1999 I moved to Costa Rica to learn to guide rivers. West Virginia was a consideration, but what Appalachia and its dueling banjos did to this child of Cuban immigrants was the equivalent of “Jaws” to landlocked city slickers. Having seen “Deliverance” once was enough for me. Even though the...
READ MORE

Peace in Red Canyons

02/12/18

There is a feeling you get on a multi-day trip that borders on the ineffable. When it's sunrise and you happen to be up. A light blanket of morning dew laying on everything. The steep canyon walls with morning glow like a gentle museum light accentuating a 62 million-year-old geological...
READ MORE

All’s Great in the 808

02/01/18

On January 13 around 8:00 am I got a message on my phone that stopped me in my tracks. I looked around the parking lot at Kanaha Beach Park on Maui and saw similar puzzled expressions on peoples faces. “BALLISTIC MISSLE INBOUND TO HAWAII, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, THIS IS NOT A...
READ MORE

Paddle For Houston – A Message From Our CEO

10/12/17

In 1992 I was 15 years old in Miami.  I remember tracking Hurricane Andrew, through school and then the reality hitting that it was coming right for us.   It was a mad dash to the store, to get extra food, water, supplies etc.  This was all pre-internet, cell phones and...
READ MORE

Paddle Houston

10/12/17

On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey began to make landfall on Southeastern Texas. For days, Houston and the surrounding communities were devastated with torrential rain, upwards of 30 inches in parts – major flooding, wind gusts up to 132 mph, massive destruction of property and the loss of 70 lives....
READ MORE