It’s no secret that I love Idaho white water rafting. In fact, I found that I loved it so much, I made it my living! It’s a great way to spend time during the summer and keeps me plenty busy during the winter. I love everything about Idaho white water rafting, but I definitely have my favorites:

  • The food! Food is by far one of my favorite hobbies: menu planning, shopping, cooking, prepping, etc. etc. I love it all! So, it’s no surprise that food is my favorite part of a rafting trip. The food that we bring is delicious, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something absolutely magical about having a leafy green salad, a crisp glass of wine or a huckleberry hotcake fresh off the griddle. Eating in the backcountry is an adventure all in itself!
  • Unplugging! No cell phones, no computers, no electronics. Each time I go on an Idaho white water rafting trip I reel through my to-do list, thinking of all the things I didn’t do, emails I didn’t send, etc. But, as we descend further into the river canyon, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, my iPhone will be in airplane mode for the next four days, and that to-do list will be there when I get home, as they say, out of sight out of mind. I re-focus my thoughts to what I’m about to experience and take it all in.
  • The Tranquility! There is nothing more peaceful than the quiet of the river canyon, hearing oars dip in and out of the water in rhythm. The tranquility offered by the canyon is top notch! It’s hard to find that kind of quiet anywhere, the noise that you do hear is laughter, rushing water, conversation, camaraderie, and pure happiness.
  • River Time! Being on river time is hard to recover from. There are no watches, no deadlines and no time constraints on the river. We eat when we’re hungry, wake up when you’re refreshed, drink when you’re thirsty, nap on the river bank if you’re tired, it’s the ultimate vacation, let the sun dictate your schedule, reconnect with that primal self that we try to suppress and shape into the person that dresses up for work, arrives on time and always answers the emails. An Idaho white water rafting trip will give you the time to shut the door on that person, even if it’s only for 3 days.

The food on an Idaho white water rafting trip. Photo by: Val in Real Life


The tranquility from above the Snake River, deepest canyon in North America! Photo by: Outdoorsy Mama

Quality time together, on the river.

Quality time together, on the river.

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Floating along the Salmon River. Idaho white water rafting. These folks are on River Time!

These are just a few of my favorite things about an Idaho white water rafting trip, of course I really do love every bit of it, but this is what sets the trip apart for me. What truly makes me miss the river when I’m not there. The itch has set in and I am already counting down the days until I get to see the deep river canyons again. The river has a way of getting under your skin and settling in, it’s something that will pull you in and make you want to stay or come back and visit again. What are your favorite things about a river trip?

Take me to the river… (no, for real, I’m ready, let’s go!)