It was inevitable that their paths would cross here. If it is not the place of drifting, then it is the place of drifters. The area attracts not only top kayakers from around the world, but with numerous rafting companies operating on the river, it is a mecca for seasonal workers looking for an OE beyond the ordinary. Ryan calls them the “river people” and proudly counts himself among their number. “We’re a really tight-knit community. What draws me to this place is not just the river, but the community. Pretty much all my friends are river people — rafters, kayakers, river guides,” he says.