I’ve been dreaming about being on this river since I first got a small taste of it on a Packraft trip a few years back. That desire was fully reinvigorated this summer after reading The Emerald Mile, when I started ambitiously entering the Grand Canyon lottery. Little did I know my winning ticket wasn’t going to be from the lottery, but through my friends. Getting a text asking if I could come on this trip was a thrill, but also made me second guess if I could actually paddle sections of this river. Here’s to taking chances and learning new skills.