One reason is because of my dad, Phil, worked there, and I helped him with his job cleaning fish buckets. We also move people’s fish from the boats to the cleaning table. My uncle Roger filleted the fish. Mark and Sam transported people to the good dip netting places. Sam, my uncle, gave my family and I rides on his boat every year. The next reason is the fantastic view of everything that takes me far away from my past. The river takes the bad things I have seen and burns them away from my memories, and also the river sewed my scars shut. The wind blew away the nightmares of the past and the smell put me right back to the good memories I hold close. These days on the river were peaceful and the waves weren’t that big, but that was only the first few days. On the seventh day, we weren’t prepared for what was going to happen next.
Instead of putting my boots on that were already wet from the water in the raft, I put my only dry shoes on and was very careful to not get my shoes wet. Everyone else had at least dry shirts or pants on. I looked around to see the beautiful trees and also the gorgeous eagles. I had noticed the river was getting more turbulent and soon we had to work as a team to fight the big waves. People say when you’re in danger and you’re life is on the line everything goes fast, but for me it went slow. I wasn't showing any fear, but my heart was going fast. I held my paddle in the river. Then everyone on our raft saw what was in front of us. It was a big rock. Next thing we knew we were going under the water and then we all were drenched. We fought the river and eventually we made it through the rough waves. Then I saw something that wasn’t familiar. The glacier was right in front of us. The water was ice cold and the visitors that popped out from the water looked at us with their brown eyes. They were seals. I was shocked, and we were right in the middle of the most peaceful place I had ever seen.