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We go rafting in Denali

Friday, July 23, 2010

So let me tell you about one of my new favorite things.

White water rafting!! Last weekend the kids and I drove to Denali to go white water rafting with Denali Outdoor Center. I have to admit I was really, really nervous the whole time. It had been raining and all I could think was the Nenana River would be raging and it would be class 5 rapids.

My kids were already shocked that I was going. So, we manage to get the dry suits on which was the most comical part of the whole adventure. I was glad to have it on because it was a bit chilly but I looked just like the Pillsbury Doughboy except I was red.

We get on bus, drive down the road to the launching deck. Managed to get off the bus without breaking something as the suits are not really conducive to graceful walking. We walk down to the river and I am getting more and more nervous. ( I should mention I had two staff members with me and had to put on a brave face. )

The guide was awesome. Her name was Jocelyn. She used my son as the prop for teaching us how to get someone back in the boat if they had fallen out. That was not helping my mom nerves at all.

So, it is now time to get in the boar. My daughter volunteers to be the bow rider. All she has to do is hang on for dear life. ( and not work, lol)

I am in the second row on the right side. PS if you go, sit on the left side, you stay much drier.

As soon as I am in the boat, I am completely relaxed. I had no idea why I was so nervous. It was so incredibly relaxing I could not believe it.
Yes, there are times when you really have to dig in and paddle but the rest of the time, it was so wonderful. I did spend a bit of time trying to figure out how hard work could be so relaxing but I was definitely going with it.

It had rained up until the time we got in the boat and then stopped for our whole trip. We did the Canyon Run and it is about 12 miles. I could have gone on for another 12.

The water was so cold that when it hit you in the face( yes, I got hit quite a few times) it was just like an ice cream headache. I did not care at all I was just enjoying it so much. At one point the guide said if anyone wants to jump out here and swim, go ahead. I almost jumped out. But I was a good mom and stayed in the boat. I was really sad when the trip ended.

So, if you have a free day, I would absolutely suggest that you go to Denali and call the Denali Outdoor Center and book a rafting trip. You should also do the paddle trip. It is the most fun you can have on one day in Denali.