The raft meanders down the river, passing through sections that are both relatively calm, and sections that are quite rough.
In the calmer sections, the smell of the trees adjacent to the river bed activates memories in the brain, of other outdoor adventures. In these sections, the people in the boat laugh at ridiculous anecdotes, point out the unique natural features around them, and congratulate one another on navigating the raft through the most recent set of obstacles. The group camaraderie is alive, as we enjoy each other’s company.
In the rougher sections, the raft jolts, left and right, up and down, and spins around. It even occasionally spins in a full 360-degree circle due to water currents, eddies and rocks. Around every turn is a genuine feeling of adventure, the element of surprise, and even some level of danger. The water, the people, and the raft, are all in motion.
I love whitewater rafting because…
It is outdoors.
It is social.
It requires teamwork.
There is physical activity involved.
The canyons and valleys the rivers wind through are often breathtaking!
It is a fast-paced event. It is impossible to feel stagnant inside the raft.
It is one of the few activities left in this world that requires we separate from our phones and other portable devices.
It is wild, raw, and unpredictable. Yet, there is some degree of control, as we paddle, steer the boat, brace for impact of all kinds, and look out for one another in the roughest sections.
It feels like life when it is being operated correctly. Not over idealized, yet full of “life”. Surprises are expected, and responded to in a healthy manner with a smile. And, people are constantly improving in both skill and character.