I was in Yellowstone National park a couple of weeks ago and I went white water rafting for the first time. I’m not really sure if what I did qualifies as rapids or actual white water. I was on a raft with 12 other hollering people, ranging from age 7 up to what appeared to be age 104.
But I watched an entire episode of Twin Peaks once without realizing that a man had only one arm, so I’m not overly perceptive.
For about 45 minutes we drifted down the Snake river. Occasionally the water moved faster. And less occasionally it moved quite a bit faster, but it never lasted. By the end of the trip I was disappointed every time the water slowed down.
I was hooked
I believe that every adult should learn (or re-learn) a sport. For me, that sport is going to be white water rafting or kayaking. I actually don’t even know if there’s a difference, or if it matters. But I’m probably going to buy myself a kayak or a raft for Christmas this year.
Here’s why: in my life I can think of two experiences that absolutely cannot be compared to anything else, by me at least.
1. Riding a horse that is galloping as hard as it can
2. The feeling when the river started racing and I knew that we couldn’t stop the raft
I don’t get to ride galloping horses as often as I’d like (read, ever), but I can get back to the river a lot more frequently. Heading through rapids with a group of friends sounds like heaven to me, adequate preparation and skill levels assumed and acquired.
Do any of you raft? What does a person need to know, in your opinion? How do you get started? Am I too tall for a kayak?
I’d love to put together some sort of White Water 101 type resource here if any of you are interested in contributing.