White Water Rafting Section 2 of the Lehigh Gorge

Trip Start Jun 07, 2007
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Bear Den
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whitewater rafting

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Today me, Michelle, Lauren, Katie, Jen, Ken, George and Tracey went rafting with Pocono White Water in Jim Thorpe. Since I was the group organizer of my last rafting trip with my parents and family I got a free pass for this rafting trip. Its a big advantage to be the group organizer, you get free rafting passes and discounts for some of the people in your group. I got another free rafting pass for this group, and a free dinner coupon at the center.

While we were waiting for our trip to start we wondered around the shop at the rafting center. They have some nice things in there. I picked up a neoprene top for kayaking, my brother got a rashguard and a visor, my sister in law got water sandals, and my cousin picked up a top. We also ordered our lunches there instead of bringing or own.
Pocono White Water does a nice little lunch of a six inch Subway sub, water, chips and a cookie for only a few dollars. Its worth it and it keeps well for the rafting trip.

Unfortunately rain has been scarce, so the water level was low. We were on the middle section of the Lehigh from Rockport to Glen Onoko. My favorite part of the Lehigh Gorge is the Upper Section from White Haven to Rocport but there wasn't enough water to run it, we were told the river was running at about 850 cfs.
We split up into two groups so we didn't drag the rafts down the river bed. In the first raft was me, Michelle, Lauren, and Katie. In the second raft was Jen, Ken, George and Tracey. This was the type of trip where you guided your own raft and the guides came along in kayaks.

Pocono White Water prob launched about 20-25 rafts at a time, which is not unusual. There is one major drawback to going on a guided raft trip and that is that you constantly have to stop to allow the other rafts to catch up before you proceed down the river...it can make for a very long day! So many people have such trouble trying to figure out how to steer the raft or how to avoid obstacles in the river and that often holds the trips up.

I've been rafting quite a few times and on bigger water than the Lehigh so we decided while it was fun it was time to step it up to bigger water in the future. I know we'll all be back on the Lehigh again but a few more road trips to bigger rivers are in the works.

There were some very entertaining individuals in the other rafts, they provided a constant source of entertainment throughout the day. Ofcourse the typical inter-raft water war ensued as usual. I don't think I've ever been on a rafting trip where a water fight didn't happen.

Lots of rafts got stuck on big rocks, one even got wrapped around a rock and the people had to be rescued so the raft could be freed. After our trip was done there was a small picinic set up at the rafting center for everyone to enjoy. We had some hot dogs and chips and soda. It was a fun day.
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