White Water in Chiang Mai

Suited up and ready to go!

Suited up and ready to go!

Hey there! Today we went White Water Rafting! We got picked up at 8:30 at our hotel and were dropped off again at 5:00. The first thing we did was settle down and wait for the 2 hour long, curvy road, bumpy ride to be over. After the gruelling ride finished, we had lunch. For lunch we had a very tasty meal of chicken, vegetables, rice, and a few other things. I really enjoyed it.

Nice lunch-time spot

Nice lunch-time spot

Next we learnt some safety precautions. The safety gear were lifejackets, helmets and proper use of other equipment. The different procedures were “forward paddle”, “back paddle”, “left back-right forward”, “get into boat”, “left forward-right back”, “lean to left” and “lean to right”. Some of the ones that might seem weird are: “jump” – which is basically jumping up and down in the boat to get unstuck and “hi five” – (which is not hard at all it just seems a bit weird) where you bring all your paddles to the top middle of the boat and bang them together.  Pretty basic huh?

Practicing on the river

Practicing on the river

Once we finished the safety instructions we got on the water in a calm part of the river. We got on at a calm part so we could practice the safety precautions. We were pretty good!

Then we started to get to the rapids.  They were really fun and we all had a good time for the first three km. We did everything our guide said and got very wet.  At the end of the first three km, we got to jump off the boat and swim along side it. The water was cold for the first couple seconds, but not nearly as cold as the rivers and oceans in Vancouver. Sadly Jacob had to get out at the end of these rapids because the next ones were too big. He really wanted to go, but it was for his own safety.  I almost had to get out to.

Swim time

Swim time

Fun rapids

Fun rapids

The next rapids were the scariest.  They freaked me out a bit when we went down them. In these rapids we had to be a lot quicker with our motions.  It hurt our legs having to get up and down from the rim of the boat where we sat most of the time. We got stuck a lot too. Some of the places the rafts got stuck were super-duper scary. One time a raft got stuck, a man fell out and had to be rescued. My favorite one out of the four most dangerous rapids was the “Noodle”. There was a slim passage way you have to go through and it is easy to get caught if the people in the boat are in the wrong positions.

More rapids

More rapids

After those rapids were finished, Jacob got to get back on the raft. We had an awesome time in the last four rapids getting soaked, stuck, bounced around, and having a good time. In the last rapid we got to go swimming again but this time I was one of the only ones who did. I think the whole thing was amazing, scary and extremely fun! In the end when we got on shore we had pineapple, oreos, and watched a slide show. That was the end of our amazing White Water Rafting Adventure!

Jacob on a ride of his own

Jacob on a ride of his own

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