We were just a day in town and three days on the river, from being the “best crew ever”. We had a day off to gear up for a combined guest/training trip. Most of us trainees would pair up, Grizz would row his own boat and Ron would rotate through the rookie line up, honing our skills.
In short, while safety is paramount. a great experience is assured: the food , the scenery , the crew , the equipment and the experience is something you and your family will talk about for years while Hawaii and Disneyland would soon be forgotten except for those Visa charges.
Perhaps you continue because each trip is different, not replicated. I personally look forward to spending a week on the ‘riva’ every year with you and the many friends that have resulted from the experience.