Who Wudda Thunk!?!

Rosie Smith | Glacier Park Montana, North Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead River

I moved to Montana from Texas. I had limited experience on rivers growing up in Texas. Soon after I landed in Whitefish, Montana, I met Roy. Roy was one of the early rafting guides on the Middle Fork and North Forks of the Flathead River, sections of Wild and Scenic Rivers that form the Southern and Western borders of Glacier National Park. For one of our first dates (3 days) Roy took me out for my first float ever in a 12-foot, snub-back, red shank Avon. When I first got in the boat to launch that morning, I got on my knees in the soft bottom of the wrapped floor boat. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. By the end of the 3 days Roy had me behind the oars. By the end of the next month, Roy had recommended me to Glacier Raft Company as a potential guide, and by the end of the month I had embarked upon a lifelong love affair with white-water rafting. Roy and I explored many rivers. At 3 years behind the oars we got to float the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. I worked as a raft guide for 10 years, sharing the joys of the river with many clients and friends. 28 years later, my husband and I continue to float wild and not-so-wild rivers, meeting new friends and having new adventures as we explore our retirement years. Thank you, Roy, for launching me into and endless array of adventure and introducing me to the natural wonder of white-water rafting.

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