Hi! I’m Jenne, the photographer for New Mexico River Adventures. This was my second season working on the Rio Grande, and I wanted to touch on the fantastic experience I’ve had while being part of the rafting community here in Northern New Mexico. As another season draws to a close, I watch the ebb and flow of the affairs along the river.
There are eight rafting companies that share the Taos Box, Upper Rio Grande Gorge, and Racecourse sections of the river. You would think that this would provide a steep environment for competition. Instead, there’s this magical phenomenon that happens… everyone bands together in an amazing demonstration of camaraderie! There’s a “ballet dance” going on along the river every day; every guide, shuttle driver, photographer, and guest has a starring role.
As a photographer, I consider myself one of the observers of the river. I’m always looking for the next great photo opportunity, and there’s never a shortage of them! We are surrounded by spectacular views, diverse wildlife, and wonderful interactions between folks that are having the time of their lives. There’s always a helping hand on the river too- if a boater or shuttle driver needs a ride back up to the put-in, they can usually hop in with another company to get there. If someone’s having a tough time on the river, knowledgeable guides are watching out, and selflessly helping them make a successful trip.
There is a tremendous sense of community on this river. I am proud to be a witness to it, and a part of it. Now that the sun is getting lower in the sky and the mornings are getting crisper, the rafting season is closing its eyes for its winter sleep. The summer fling comes to an end. Over the winter, I’ll miss all of these faces I’ve come to trust and love. I can’t wait to start my romance with the river again next spring.