Man Overboard! 🌊

This had to have been one of the more fun times whitewater rafting. We try to go every year. Late June/early July is a good time to go. It is hot enough to want to get wet and not so cold you’d be freezing. It just so happen that it rained the second half of our day. It feels nice when it is raining while you are still paddling but it is cold when you get off and is making your way to the car to get your dry clothes. πŸ₯Ά

Since this is an annual thing, we got the system down pat. We did our usual Wawa stop for breakfast and lunch, everyone packed everything they needed and we got all our waivers signed online so we didn’t have to do it on paper there.

There are a couple of rafting companies in the area. This year we decided to go with Whitewater Challengers. Mainly because they had a deal for 10+ people. We had 11. Got a free picture and a voucher to come back next year. Didn't know they have warm showers! 😍 That is going to be a key factor for bringing us back in the future. That shower feels so nice after falling into the river and freezing from the rain.

We stopped for lunch on the side of the river 2/3 of the way through the trip. Put your trash back into the food buckets! There are designated recycling and trash bins when you get back to base. πŸ—‘ You don’t want to come back in the future to trash everywhere. πŸ™…β€β™€οΈ

Things To Bring

  • Water shoes or strapped sandals

  • Sunblock

  • Lunch that can sit in a possibly wet bucket for a couple hours - Wawa’s pre-made wraps are my go-to

  • Drinks

  • Towel

  • Change of clothes

  • Dry shoes

  • Bag for wet stuff

Things To Know

  • Arrive on time to get checked-in and your life vest fitted 🦈

  • They have a wall to hang your car keys. There is no one manning the wall. They said they never had a problem before. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your keys, bring a waterproof pouch, something WITH A STRAP, to wear on the raft with you 🐿

  • Do NOT put your valuables in the bucket that you put your lunch in. Hit a big rock, wave or flip over and there goes your ride home and everything else πŸ‘‹

  • Pay attention when they are explaining how to pull people back into the raft. You’ll be thankful when your team can pull you back in πŸ˜†

  • Less is more. When trying to throw water at other boats, filling your bucket half way will let you throw further. The weight of a full bucket is harder to throw πŸ˜‰

  • You don’t have to know how to swim. It is mandatory to wear a life vest at all time πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™‚οΈ

  • The life vest stinks πŸ™Š

  • A raft is good for anywhere from 4-7 people. Four may be a bit tough but doable. I feel like 5 or 6 is ideal depending if you want a steer πŸ¦‘