What the River Does

It’s a Game-Changer

By Amy Story

I never would’ve thought the guy I jokingly called Wild River Bill would actually one day take me on the river, but he sure did, as promised. 

In Hells Canyon.

 “It’s a game-changer,” his friend Katherine had told me. “If you get a chance to go, you should.” And then she lent me her gear, made us a nice dinner, and we had an evening with her and her husband Sean O’Neill when we came to pick up the stuff. 

“Wild River Bill” Crupper, knowing I’m a writer, asked me just before the final takeout how I planned to put the experience into words.

Where to start?

The prepping and planning were impressive and immense—the excitement on the first day among the rafters, tangible.

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Amy Story

About Amy Story

Amy Story is a food and adventure writer, artist, and art instructor. She makes her way through the state looking for good recipes and new friends, often found simultaneously.