The natural world is full of surprises, and the more time I spend there the more wonderful and interesting it all seems. I feel privileged to have had work that has allowed so many hours of observing nature’s processes and contemplating the many questions they pose. How does it all piece together? What are the relationships? Why is there so much beauty? What do I do with it all?
I'd been running the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for about 10 years when I first discovered Alaska's big rivers: the Alsek and Tatshenshini. Up until that point, if anyone ever asked me if I wanted to go anywhere else to run other rivers, I always said "No way! I love the canyon and can't imagine any place I'd like half as much!" I was so naive!