Are you a novice to paddling and rowing? Are you bringing along some little children? Have no fears, no worries. That’s exactly what we did yesterday, when we decided to celebrate American Independence Day with family and friends.
We explored 9 miles of the river Youghiogheny river at Ohipyle State Park, Pennsylvania on a perfectly gorgeous day. There’s something about whitewater rafting that gets the adrenaline pumping. Every paddle stroke was the start of a great adventure which is why I’d love to share it with the world!
This day trip packed in loads of fun on the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River. The Youghiogeny River is scenic, exciting and great for a first time rafter. We all threw in our bright yellow life jackets, yellow helmets, grabbed our paddles and headed down the river. We chose to go on a guided tour with a professional since all of us in the group had little or no whitewater experience. Not only did we have a good time but also an enjoyable experience and unforgettable memories.
4th of July seemed to be the best time to go for seeking a huge thrill. An addition of water from the rain fall created high water levels in certain areas. Waves were larger and the water moved faster. Added to the enjoyment was the warm weather. During our 4 hour trip, we had plenty of opportunities to swim, play and relax. Even the little girls enjoyed this mild whitewater rafting adventure without being fearful. Generally, there were small, short, easily navigable rapids, some flat water areas, and beautiful scenery throughout.
When going on a rafting trip, plan to be on the river for a few hours. Many things along the way could either shorten or lengthen the trip like taking breaks, rapids, or levels of water. Also remember that those hours are just the hours that could be spent on the river. Shuttles to and from the river and time getting ready should be taken into account too. All in all, you’re looking to be spending your full day but it’ll definitely be worth it!
The rafting guides take you down the river and know it like the back of their hand. Always use their expertise to maximize on your fun. Certain basic safety rules like making sure your life jacket is snug and buckled at all times, listening to your river guides, not standing up in moving current all go a long way in making wonderful memories. It’s not a brilliant idea to bring alcohol or while on your trip. It is dangerous and can bring harm to you, your guides, and fellow rafters.
Kids should be instructed to not use your paddle as a splashing device. You are provided with water guns for that! Avoid fallen debris and trees/branches in the river.
Rafting is an activity that gets kids and adults out into nature, breathing fresh air, marveling at the pristine beauty of their surroundings and connecting with each other. Completing a wilderness journey and rafting down a beautiful river exposes young and young-at-heart to the mysteries of their inner and outer worlds!
Highly recommended activity, adventure!! Enjoy, explore!!
The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, reminding us what native peoples have never forgotten: that you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land.
– Lynn Noel, Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers