We’re back! Another river rafting adventure has come and gone- and what a lovely vacation it was! These pictures only capture a fraction of how amazing it is to be on the river. You just sit back in your boat and float, letting the current carry you downstream, not caring what direction you’re facing, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We saw eagles, turtles, ducks, crayfish, deer and a mink! Eventually you hear the water start to pick up and you know a rapid is near. So you strap on your life vest and helmet, secure your camera and get ready.
Going through a rapid is a blur of adrenaline and excitement. This year I tried an individual kayak which was especially challenging. I couldn't rely on anyone to help guide or paddle me through. It was just me and the river. It was the scariest and most rewarding experience. I even went through the biggest rapid (a class 3+) and made it through without spilling! I have photos to prove it. I’ll share those as soon as I get them from Nick’s parents. After a day on the river we’d return to our cabin and read, drink beer, watch a movie and sometimes do nothing. There’s no cell service and no reliable internet so you’re forced to detach. I highly recommend doing this at least once a year. It’s liberating. I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’ve got some great things planned so stay tuned!
It looks like we ventured out in foggy mornings or at twilight. But that dreamy haze that made for such neat photos was actually smoke. While river rafting, we were surrounded by multiple wildfires, sparked by lightning strikes the day before we arrived. The air smelled like campfire and we saw many firefighters and their vehicles. Thankfully they were never too close, but as the smoke grew thicker we were relieved to return home to clean air. Hopefully they are contained soon!