This is from my river trip through the Grand Canyon this past summer. I worked as a swamper for Arizona River Runners. It is an experience that I will never forget. The strongest memory I have of the trip is sleeping on the boat at night, while all the guests slept on the beach… I spent long hours having philosophical and religious discussions with the two boatman that I worked for. The work is extremely difficult on the river entailing work days that last around 15 hours a day. The stars in the bottom of the canyon are deep and the river rapids are heard in dreams while you sleep. The river has a primordial spirit and the rushing current reminds me of a freedom that so many humans will never experience or witness, unfortunately.