Riding Dodeo – White Water Rafting

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Here is the photo that was taken when we white water rafted. Thay call this riding Dodeo (like rodeo, only there were four of us) when you ride on the egde. This was the first attempt on this stretch of rapids and although it is a great picture, we hoped for the second trip down’s picture (which was never taken). The second trip on the same rapids we hit the rapid just right and we all went right under water! WE WERE SOAKED! The guy said it was one of the best ones he’s taken people through in a long time. BUT the photographer that stands by didn’t take another picture of us, which made us a little bummed. Everyone else had three or four different photos to choose from (he must not have liked us). But we have this one which is great!

The water is a year-round temperature of 42 degrees because it comes straight out of the mountains… you have no idea how cold that is until you take that first step into the water with your raft, and then it is “OMG I’m SOL and will have to cut off my toes.” Yes, it is that cold and we were soaked to the bone for a good portion of the trip. Thankfully it was a beautiful day and the sun warmed us a little (while giving poor basie a slight sunburn – you need a tan girlfriend!).

The place we went was great! Perfect for family trips because the rapids are extremely mild — class 3 (not exactly what we wanted, but we enjoyed it none-the-less). The guys who run this were great! They all look like a bunch of hippies and they do their best to make the bus ride and rafting as fun as can be — they were hysterical! We would definitely rate this a 5-star adventure, even though we had hoped for bigger rapids.


  1. Kim said:

    COWABUNGA!!! Can I say that or is that just for surfing? Anyway… it looks like great fun and great weather and the hippie dude looks like he was fun also!

    June 25, 2003
  2. Erin said:

    The sneakers are due to Beth. David and I wanted to wear our Teeva sandals and Beth told us they would be uncomfortable because you have to stick your feet under these things on the raft. The only other thing that David had besides his hiking boots were sneakers, so that’s what he wore. Patrick wore them too. I wore a pair of $4 plastic sandals from Walmart… doubled great for using the showers at the campground too (yeah, we didn’t rough it too bad).

    I don’t know that I was posing, but I just happened to be looking at the photographer I guess. I don’t think I did it on purpose.

    And the reason I’m not sitting next to David is because it was too hard to manuever. They get you in the boat quick and tell you to jump up there, so we did without thinking about who was where.

    June 24, 2003
  3. Sue said:

    Erin, I agree with Kayc- Do you ever take a bad picture?! And what’s up with David, I mean sneakers on the rapids??! "I would’ve hated to be in his shoes" Ha Ha Ha

    June 24, 2003
  4. Kay, Bob, Delaney, and Buffett said:

    Hey Erin- how come you looked like you were posing. Do you ever take a bad picture?? Looks like a lot of fun. I can’t wait until Delaney gets old enough to do some of this stuff!! Can’t wait to see you next week!!

    June 24, 2003
  5. Erin said:

    No, no one fell out. The person in between Beth and I is my friend Patrick from college. He moved down here a six months after I did and we found each other and started hanging out again.

    June 23, 2003
  6. La said:

    How fun- anyone fall out? Who is there besides Beth , David and you?

    June 23, 2003
  7. Erin said:

    Oh yeah, we have more pictures to come but I think I may wait until Beth and I get the waterproof disposable camera pictures developed. More to come soon… including Flat people!

    June 23, 2003

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