Most 10-year-olds aren’t ready to decide what they want to do with their lives, but that’s how old Abby was when she took an ARTA trip down the Rogue River, fell in love with the guides and, as she says: “that was that”, (at least for the summer months). A few more family vacations on the river, then Junior Whitewater School, Pro Guide Training, Assistant Guide, Regular Guide, Lead Guide, a stint in the main office answering phones and, before she even realized it, she was the one inspiring the next generation of guides. The off-river lifepath is still awaiting its “aha moment”, although her class in Business Game Theory at the University of Montana and her thesis on the economics of removing the Lower Snake River dams have challenged her self-proclaimed feelings about being “too-creative-for-the-conventional-education-system”.
Aha? We’ll see.