Rim to River

Lucy Bellwood
4 min readSep 1, 2015

Seven Sweltering Days in The Coolest Canyon on Earth

In August of 2015 I teamed up with Arizona River Runners to produce a travelogue comic about one of their motorized, seven-day whitewater rafting trips through the Grand Canyon.

From Lees Ferry to the Whitmore Helipad, our crew shepherded sixteen passengers through whitewater rapids, up steep side canyons, and into hidden waterfalls. It was utter bliss — even in 115° of desert heat.

The journal that follows was drawn freehand during the ten days I was with the crew, then watercolored upon my return to Portland. For my first rafting experience check out Grand Adventure — a 21-day travelogue from a private rowing trip I took in 2013.

My sincerest thanks to ARR for having me along for the ride, to Riley for making the connection, and to all the friends I met along the way for the excellent company and beautiful memories.

I think I’m hooked.

This comic was made possible by the generous support of my Patrons on Patreon. Thanks, you magical beasts.



Lucy Bellwood

Professional Adventure Cartoonist working out of Helioscope in Portland, OR. | @LuBellWoo | http://lucybellwood.com |