Dunks, bruises and rafting...oh my!
Trip Start Jul 11, 2012
26Trip End Aug 06, 2012
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Had some breakfast at Tim Horton's down the road. Left Grand-Falls Windsor about 10am. We drove 20 minutes West to the site of Rafting Newfoundland. Filled out our liability forms and got "suited up" in our flotation vests and helmets. There were about 50 of us in the group. We all boarded the big red bus and played some coordination and "getting-to-know-you" games as we drove 20 minutes upriver to the starting point.
Divided up into 5 rafts of 7 to 10 people in each raft. The guides were great and each got their "team" to practice paddling and changing directions before heading down river
Each raft had several water guns in it and we spent the calm parts of the river attacking other rafts. The younger children that were traveling in a few of the rafts were lethal with those guns, even targeting people in their own rafts to pass the time! BEAUTIFUL weather with clear skies and lots of sunshine!
Saw a few large salmon swimming and jumping in the river. Brian and I - being newlyweds - were asked to balance on the bow and stern of the raft, while the others spun the raft in fast circles. Brian stayed standing longer than I did, but JUST barely. Tethered to a metal rung on a rock in the middle of the river (left over from when they used to do logging in the river) and linked all of the rafts together in a long snake. Had some granola bars for a snack and headed on. Did some more swimming and tipped the raft again, with Chris and I being the only ones to stay in. "Where did everyone go!?!"
At our lunch stop, we tried steering directly into the rapids again...with "the bride and groom right up front"
Lunch never tasted so good. The guides had everything dropped off earlier in the day in large coolers. The large rocky island in the middle of the river was perfect sit and to dry out in the sun. There were bagel sandwiches, freshly sliced melons and pineapples, veggies, cheese, crackers, hummus, and lots of cold drinks. Delicious. The site had a stationary wooden table that stayed there for food prep for the season and even a bathroom of sorts (that the guides called a "Poo with a view".)
Headed towards the end point with some more swimming and throwing people in. Great time and lots of fun, but next time Brian and I would probably try the "Canyon Run" (which has more intense level 3 and 4 rapids).
Dried off and changed into our new Rafting Newfoundland shirts about 5:30. Brian went to pull me close and I jumped and screamed "OW". we rolled up the arm of my shirt and found a REALLY nasty bruise. :( I must've gotten it during the day on one of the spills. I bruise like a peach! Ugh. We also bought a DVD of the pictures the guides took throughout the day. Drove about 2 1/2 hours North to the small coastal town of Twillingate. Checked into the Sleepy Noggin B&B at 9pm and spoke to owners Ruth & Eric about somewhere to grab a late dinner. Went to R&J's Restaurant down the road to split a small bucket of their popular fried chicken. Just perfect paired with some local beers. Very tired and sore from a day on the water, so we called it a night. What a great little town!!