By Roadtrip Nation

Sherry Grathler



My road in life took a while to figure out.
Always thought that she would become a lawyer.
She started going down that path, but when she talked to other attorneys, she realized that most of them didn't actually like their jobs.
Seeing so many people get stuck stuck in careers they resented made her realize she had to get away from the corporate world.
She'd heard good things about Taos, New Mexico, so she decided that'd be a good spot to visit and get back in touch with nature.
After she went back home, she saved up all her money and six months later, she moved back to Taos.
Found a group of people who were making a living working outdoors; decided to try working on the river and quickly realized she could totally handle it.
Says her seasonal work schedule doesn't always "fit" in mainstream society, which leads to questions like, "When are you going to get a real job?"
But she says she'll stay in this job until she feels stagnant; says the meaning of life is actively searching for meaning, engaging, and always having fun.


Whitewater Rafting Guide

I am a whitewater raft guide who aims to connect the guests in my boat to the beauty of the Rio Grande River.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Environment & Nature
Being Physically Active

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I have several rescue and guide school training certifications so that I can be prepared for a variety of circumstances.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Life is a lot like rafting. Go with the flow, but take action at the right moments so you don't crash.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You need stability in your life. When are you going to get a real job? "

Challenges I Overcame