a river wild

August 18th, 2011 Posted in rafting | No Comments »

Saturday was rafting day! I’ve never been rafting before, but living in Vancouver makes it hard to not want to do these kinds of activities. I had booked to go rafting with group on the Chilliwack River. Chilliwack is about 1.5 hours drive from Vancouver. I think one of the major appeals of Vancouver, is that it’s so easy to take weekend trips outside the city to places where you can do lots of outdoor things. The scenery on the way to Chilliwack was gorgeous. We passed lots of huge farms with acres of corn fields. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera because I didn’t know what the security would be like once we were out on the river so I don’t have any photos. Once we got to the rafting centre, we were actually running late so we had to rush our lunch, hurry into our (disgusting) wetsuits and get moving! Since I’ve never been rafting before, and I don’t exactly love being in the water-river or sea, I picked the more scenic trip that had less rapids. The stretch of river was 14km long and there were rapids at intervals rather than constantly. It was such a fun day out! I’ve never really done an activity like that before, and it was really exhilarating. I was totally out of my comfort zone at times, terrified of falling into the river. But the combination of fear and adrenaline made me feel really alive, and honestly I felt like I’d really accomplished something afterwards. Especially because near the end, before the biggest rapids, we were given the option to get out and walk back to camp. I was really tempted, but decided to not take the easy way out-something I very often do.

Not Actually Me (photo courtesy of Chilliwack River Rafting)

Unfortunately, the daughter of the owner of the rafting company dropped their camera into the river so there is no photographic evidence of my rafting trip! Oh well, I don’t think it’s something I’ll forget in a hurry.

Have you done anything recently that really took you our of your comfort zone? What last gave you that adrenaline rush that really made you feel alive?