Down through the S-Turn Rapids and Wet-Bottom Chute the bicultural rafts plunged, and as each challenge passed, the crews raised their paddles simultaneously in a well-practiced salute and gave a cheer.
Ellison is already looking toward the next step: trilateral exchanges, where U.S. and Soviet youths head together to a third country and join local youths on a river-oriented adventure.
"I spent two years in Zambia guiding on the Zambezi River," said Ellison. "That country is just a pawn in this huge, sophisticated, global game. In places like that, it will take a concerted effort between our countries to help answer problems with the environment, global economy and the developing world.
"These things can only be solved if the United States and the Soviet Union stop spending a billion dollars a day defending themselves against each other and start getting together to solve world problems.
"Anyone with half a mind can look 50 years into the future," said Ellison, "and see it's scary out there."