From River to the Desert, the River Guide Spirit Lives On

16 12 2015

Over twenty years ago I started guiding rivers in California.  I was lucky enough to be hired with a small company, named Ahwahnee Whitewater, and guided with some of the most competent guides in the west.  Throughout the spring and summer, for over a decade, we ran some of the most beautiful California rivers, the Tuolumne, Merced and even the Stanislaus.  These are the type of bonds and friendships that persist through time.  And though it is has been nearly a decade since I’ve guided with that crew in California, those times are unforgettable and have informed my life journey.  Many of us have moved away from that small town where our rafting company was based, but have kept in touch and moved on to some cool places throughout the west.  I recently reconnected with a couple of river guide friends and visited them down in Joshua Tree, at their off season home.    Having spent little time in the area, I was excited explore and explore I did with the help of Carl, my desert guide, in his modified for the desert rig.

In short, I saw the sun rise and set in the expanse of the desert, explored the Mojave and granite mountains rising out of the sand, I howled with the coyotes, road dirt bikes, had a sound bath at the Integratron, visited the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain, and cleaned off all the days of accumulated dust at the Desert Hot Springs.

Here are some photos from my adventures:

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It is a little bit lawless in these parts, perfect for the river guide spirit.

Written by: Aimee Goglia, River House Programmer

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