It’s not easy to find the right home for a 6,000-word story about rafting the Colorado River in the wake of John Wesley Powell. A civil war vet, Cpt. Powell and his party made the first descent of the Colorado through the Grand Canyon in 1869. Our trip was more planned and comfortable than Powell’s, but after a few days in the Canyon we started to have similar emotional reactions to being deep in the Canyon. This story has appeared in The Best Travel Writing 2011, published by Travelers’ Tales, and in the innovative iPad zine Overnight Buses. On Worldhum it includes lots of evocative photos and three videos, the fullest treatment of the story. Click here to read the story on WorldHum.

Our boat captain, Owen Edwards, in the calm water as we drift toward Lava Falls.