Throughout human history rivers have been the scene of important milestones. They have been crucial in determining political boundaries and defending countries. Most major cities of the world are situated on the banks of rivers. A river can be a great source of abundance or catastrophic destruction. As a result, people have developed ways to manage and control rivers to make them more useful and less disruptive to human activity.
This summer we visited three rivers. The Rio Grande near Alamosa, Colorado, the Yampa in Steamboat, Colorado and the North Platte at Bridgeport, Nebraska. Each of these rivers have their own distinct personality. To really understand a river, you need to experience the water in some way by wading, swimming or just splashing around. Rafting, canoeing and kayaking are other great ways to get a feel for the power and beauty of moving water. I'm not so sure man's "taming" and exploitation of America's great rivers was the correct thing to do in the long run but it's something we have to live with. I still always enjoy my time spent on the river.
|The Rio Grande River near Alamosa, Colorado|
|The Yampa River in Steamboat, Colorado|
|The North Platte at Bridgeport, Nebraska|