The things I wish I had known/am glad I knew before visiting Iceland

“I haven’t seen a place with this much fusion….mountains like Scotland’s, ice like Antarctica’s, sunsets like San Diego’s. It’s such an amazing blend of countries and places.” —Derek Nguyen Iceland has recently been blowing up in airports, magazines and advertisements as a must-see travel destination, and understandably so. Waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, black sand beaches and … More The things I wish I had known/am glad I knew before visiting Iceland

Eight things to know about being a first year river guide

What’s the difference between a mutual fund and raft guide? A mutual fund will eventually mature and make money. Around the early 1970s the sport of whitewater rafting really started to take off as a leisure activity, sending flocks of thrill seekers to states like Idaho, California and Colorado to ride down some of the world’s most iconic rivers. … More Eight things to know about being a first year river guide

The training to be a whitewater raft guide

After two weeks of nonstop shivering, vicious sunburn and dodging giant rocks, trees and suck-holes, I am now a certified whitewater raft guide! According to pretty much everyone I’ve met since being here, I couldn’t come to Colorado for just the winter. “Come for a season, stay for a lifetime” is the popular motto. I don’t … More The training to be a whitewater raft guide

Seeing Colorado for the first time…again

One of the things I love most in life is gaining an appreciation of something I’ve become desensitized to. Gaining an awareness of something that I’ve seen a hundred times but have never actually noticed. Such things happen when friends from home come to see… well, home. “Check out those fancy, rustic houses!” “Look at those Christmas-looking trees!” “The weather is beautiful!” … More Seeing Colorado for the first time…again