Another item checked off my Life List: white water rafting! When Dave and I first met on eHarmony, he asked me what outdoor activities do I like to do as he was very outdoorsy. I was not outdoorsy at all, but I did reply that I’d had always wanted to go white water rafting and here we are 6 years later finally going white water rafting!
We went rafting a couple of weekends ago when we were camping in Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania (more on that on Thursday!). Our outfitter was Wilderness Voyageurs and we could not have been happier with our experience.
The Lower Yough river (pronounce Yok) is 7.5 miles of Class III – IV whitewater rapids. It is considered a drop & pool river: the rapids are separated by calm deep pools, allowing us to catch our breath and enjoy the scenery. A little after halfway through the trip, we stopped for lunch which was provided.
We went on a Friday morning which was awesome because we only had a total of 9 people in our group divided among 2 boats with guides in each boat. The following day we saw a trip head out with 80 people! And the guides are in kayaks or other rafts and communicate instructions before each rapid and during via shouts and whistles. I’m so happy we went on Friday. Having the guide in the raft was wonderful, it was very easy to hear what his instructions were and he gave us a lot of good information about the area’s hiking, birds, and history during the slow parts of the river.
We had a fabulous time (despite poor Jacqui bouncing out of the boat on the first rapid) and I can’t wait to go again. I managed to stay in the boat, I know shocker, but I perfected the art of falling INTO the boat; a move that is now called “The Rebecca.”