As Told by a College Student: Rafting
A retelling of a fun afternoon, spent on the water.
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First rule of rafting: Don’t forget the air pump.
I was recently part of a raft trip containing my fiance’s family and friends of the family, and I must say, on a hot day, it is REALLY fun to go coasting down the river.
We started by loading up all our rafts and inner tubes (all 6 of them) into our friend Al’s pickup. We were headed about 10 miles or so upriver to start, making sure there were some nice, if small, little rapids in our way. It started out all right, everyone had lashed themselves together to a buddy and we started down the river.
I loved it myself. It was 5 hours of floating bliss for me, reminding me of all the summers I had spent kayaking with my grandmother along the Selway river when I was younger, how we would purposefully aim for larger rapids for some excitement, and how every day was a new experience on an almost brand new river.
Although I got a massive burn on my arms, legs and face, it was worth it to relax, get away from the stressors in life, and to relive a bit of my childhood that ended far too fast. Now… The hard part.. Dealing with the sunburn… Owch.
Lochsa and Selway rivers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)