Grab your life vest, your paddle, and some sunscreen, 'cause we're heading out on the water to face the rapids head-on!
If I remember correctly from last year, there were quite a few campers who didn't care much for rafting. If rapids don't quite thrill you, no worries--we're going canoeing tonight under the stars, which will be a lot less intense, but thrilling nonetheless! If you don't want to go rafting, perhaps you can all carpool to a spot downriver a ways where we can meet for a picnic lunch, complete with sandwiches, chips, watermelon, and maybe some leftover Laceys (cookies) from last night.
For those of you who want to give rafting a try, I vote for electing Vince our guide! At the very least, we should get him to tell us some of his rafting stories!
When I was in 8th grade, I went rafting with my class through Bigfoot Rafting Co. There was one pretty big and awesome rapid named Hell's Hole or something like that, but it was also commonly known as the Fuzzy Bunny, at least in our group. ;) So get a good grip on your T-handle on the paddle and lean back, because we're going in!
It's a thrilling and crazy ride down these rapids, and you might get a little wet, but isn't it great? When we get to some calm spots we can maybe even play the trust game like we did last year, where we stand on the edges of the raft, link the T-handle of our paddles with the person across from us, and lean back. Just don't try this while we're actually in a rapid, though!
You know, life can be so exciting, can't it? I find that I often have a poor attitude about daily circumstances, but perhaps if we approach life with a spirit of adventure we may realize that on the river of life God can build teamwork, promote trust, and provide a lot of fun and laughs along the way, even when we do get wet. ;) Something to keep in mind as we float along!
Oooh, I think I see the rest of our group up ahead on the shore--with our lunch! So paddle hard and we'll all eat together. While we're eating, Vince and/or anyone else who's been rafting can share some of their stories with us! Then we can head back to the cabins, take a nap, and rest up before our nighttime canoe ride!
(Pictures are from the Bigfoot Rafting Co. website. If you want more than virtual rafting, be sure to check out their guided tours in Northern California!)