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One of my memorable experiences was a whitewater rafting trip to Buena Vista, Co.  What fun!  And the scenery, hiking, jeep rides were all fun, too!


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White water rafting could be fun if all goes well I suppose. For me, my one and only trip did not!

This was back in 1992, and was down the Kennebec here in Maine. It was spring run off, so very fast water, and 18 years old and full-of-himself, I chose to sit up front.

We did okay until we got to the worst part of the rapids. The raft hit a rock and folded inward, called tacoing, so I fell inside. BUT as the raft went up over the rock, it pitched backwards over the other side. This was just when I went to sit back on the gunwhale. The momentum carried me right over the other side, and I flipped into the water.

But now I had caught my foot on the rope that encircles the rafts gunwhale. I was trapped UNDER the boat, bouncing off from rocks with a raft on top of me, and plenty of water around me, all the while my foot was caught. I thought I was going to drown.

The guide in our boat (Registered Maine Guide), took her knife and cut the rope so I could get free, but now I am floating down the worst part of the rapids in nothing but a life vest. I kept grabbing at rocks and roots along the shoreline, but it was zipping by at 60 miles an hour. I would see a root, try to grab it, and was already by it by fifty feet. Always a strong swimmer, I just started swimming hard for the boat, which IS NOT the right thing to do because of all the rocks you can bounce your head off from. I did not care, I wanted out of that river. When the guide finally grabbed me and pulled me in the boat, I was never shaking so hard in my life.

I do not see web feet and toes on me, so I am NEVER doing that again.


 
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Not a strong swimmer but went rafting west of Denver, Colorado with a few friends.  I was pretty nervous!  We had a very fun trip, though.  One guy fell out but we got him back in quickly.  The river was pretty low.  My little Ford Probe was the "bring back" car.  We all held onto the raft on the top of the roof as my little 4 cylinder chugged up the hill carrying 5 grown adults.  Lol

Definitely not as eventful (terrifying) as your trip Travis!  
 
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Only somewhat connected, many years ago I made my first Grand Canyon hike using the Bright Angel Trail ….a common choice for a newby to the canyon.  10 miles down and 10 miles up.   I did it in one day.  I got to the bottom on schedule, more amazing is that I met an old friend on the trail.   How this relates is that at the river one of those raft trips was dropping off a hiker to hike out if the canyon.  She had zero hiking experience and had read too many tourist brochures. She weighed more than she should have, and she looked as if she was carrying all her earthly possessions in her backpack. Being conservative …at least 40 pounds…to carry on a very up hill 10 mile march.   We assisted her for awhile; we were traveling ultra light (I had a light extra pair of shoes,  small flash light, space blanket, water, and candy bars …at most 8 pounds). When we reached a point where she could legally dump part of her load (I think at Indian Garden) she refused, and we left her behind.  Even with us carrying her load she was significantly slowing us down due to being out of shape…and we ended up having to use flashlights the last mile. We advised her to to stay the night at Indian Gardens ..but she refused that too. I wonder what time she finally made it out.
 
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