I went rafting with some friends this weekend and it was amazing!
A friend, J, has his own raft and has been a raft guide in a previous life, he also grew up on the river so I was very excited when he said, just pick a date and we'll go.
I don't know about where you are.. but we've had inordinate amounts of rain in the last two weeks, so the water levels were incredibly high, J was beyond excited to raft at these high water levels. My friend T and I asked just under 200 times if it was really safe at these water levels, see neither of us had ever been before. And J assured us it was safe, I consulted with his wife A just to get her take, she agreed. So fears suppressed.. off we went..
So four of us embarked on the journey down the Kennebec, J and his wife A, my friend T and me.Hard to take pictures during the big rapids, but needless to say, it was like a wall of water coming at us.. amazing!
I'm told that this spot is usually a nice calm swimming hole, not so when we were there. But while we were standing there taking a break, a butterfly came over and landed on my shoulder. That can only mean good things!!
And as we drove back home, we were met with a rainbow. It was an amazing experience, my butt and arms hurt from padding, my face hurts from laughing and smiling. I am both high on the experience and some how completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
On a more philosophical level there is something about being completely at the mercy of someone else with way more knowledge and experience than you and at the hands of something else bigger than you. I paddled and ducked and stopped when J told us too, and just went with the flow of the river. I think it is something about letting go and enjoying and taking in what comes at you.
Can't wait to go again.