Grand Canyon Whitewater guide Sarah Szczech is new to rafting the Colorado River — the 2011 season was her first! — but boating was a perfect fit for her active, outdoor lifestyle. Here's her story, in her own words:
"California born and raised, I grew up always having a great love for the outdoors. I first fell in love with river running and the Grand Canyon during the summer of 2011, when I was lucky enough to participate on my first motorized raft trip. The Grand Canyon is such an intimate and magical place. I find myself growing and learning the most about who I am when I am surrounded by such beauty. I still can't believe I am so lucky to be in such an amazing place. To be able to share and learn about it with others is a dream come true.
When I am not on the river, you can find me traveling, rock climbing, hiking, slacklining, highlining, camping, or wakeboarding. During the winter season, I live in Telluride, Colo., where I work at Telluride Ski and Golf as a ski lift operator. I can't wait to share what I hope will become the most miraculous experience of your life with you!"