The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” This has never been truer for me than when I’ve been lucky enough to spend multiple weeks rowing and exploring the bottom of the “Big Ditch” on a private boating tip. Whether it due to the trip’s remoteness and beauty, the intimacy of the group or the combination of heart-pounding whitewater and sinuous, hidden side canyons, an expedition down the Grand Canyon never fails to change my perspective on life. It’s sheer magic.

Mike Fiebig