Tuesday, June 17, 2008
That's me back right, and Jon front left. But where's the boat?
We met up with our friends, and then the guys showed up with the boats and the wetsuits. We had to wear wetsuits, life vests strapped so tight you felt dizzy, helmets and booties. We all had to paddle.
The emergency instructions were so scary, like reading symptoms on a prescription bottle only much worse. I was barely able to climb in.
Did he say we were supposed to float feet forward or backward when we fell out of the boat?
When the boat tips on top of us, how are we supposed to find that line he was talking about?
Why is he going to try to hit me in the head with that red bag when I fall over?
Fortunately I didn't have to remember any of these things, because no one fell out, although almost everyone except the guide tumbled into the boat once or twice. We were all paddling on command. In the other boat the guide fell into the boat for a little bit of trouble.
Our guide said it was probably the most perfect day of the summer. The huge snowfall this winter had made for big water now. The river was white water the entire way, moving very fast at 15 mph, with class 3 and class 4 rapids. It follows the road we take to go to Sawpit and Placerville, and a guy caught our picture from a bridge we went under. We saw some nice water birds, a common merganser, a plover, and a diving bird named ouelet? We saw the back sides of the houses we pass frequently on the main road. I noticed that people who live along rivers all seem to have deck chairs on the banks, facing the river, although only one person was in one, and he was sound asleep getting very sunburned. I wondered if they enjoy seeing people rafting by, or if it's an intrusion.
The whole wild ride lasted about 3 hours, and we were very tired when we got home. It was a ton of fun.