This was one of the last sunsets I saw from my usual viewing spot. I talked about going to college for over a year now. The time has finally come.
Saying goodbye to rafting is hard. On some of my last trips after going through a particular rapid for the last time or visiting the ice caves for the last time I would say goodbye to it. Having to shift from being a guide and doing all these cool things to living in my dorm already and attending classes and meetings is a little weird. I keep running into people who I have either guided or have been rafting and when they talk about it I get all excited. I will still guide on the occasional weekend in September but for the most part the season is over for me.
Moving onto college is exciting too though, the dorms are a real step up from the tent life. No bugs in your ears, showers exist, bathrooms exist, it's awesome. I don't really know anyone here but I'm not too worried about that, my roommate seems like a cool guy and he has a bunch of friends here so I figured I might integrate with them a bit. I do alright on my own even if that doesn't work out so well. College here represents some big opportunities to really find out what I'm capable of and interested in.
Even though I'm sad to be saying bye to rafting for now the future looks bright in my mind and full of great possibilities.