Snake River Rafting

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 19, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Saturday, May 9, 2009

The campground here by the Snake River just south of Jackson, Wyoming is lovely and peaceful.
While we are here we decided to go white water rafting on the Snake River. We were keen to try more class 3 rapids, and we'd missed out on the season start on the Green River at Split Mountain only by a week. So we didn't want to miss this opportunity.
Jackson is a typical tourist ski town, with a bit of wild western flair. And yes, they are elk antlers you can see, gathered from the Elk Refuge after they are shed by the elk in the Fall.

Jasmine's and Dad's Day:

I just got to the RV park near Jackson.
The next day we went to Jackson. Dad and I dropped the others for river rafting and went away. We had lunch at pizza hut and went playing and shopping.

Snake River Rafting by Mel and Han:

At 11:30am the adventure began. We left Dad and Jasmine to do some random stuff, while Mum and us two (Hannah and Mel) went inside. They gave us wetsuits. including booties with grip to wear. They were so tight we struggled to jam them on. While we were driving to our launching site, our driver/guide pointed out to us a bird in the sky. We soon realised it was a Bald Eagle! At arrival, we were given spray suits. There were no kid sizes, so we looked extremely baggy in our blue jumpsuits. They were so funny we imagined we were about to enter a toxic site or something. Then we hopped into an 8 man raft and after a safety talk... we were off!

Once on the river, it got really exciting. Because we all had a paddle it was easy to know when we were approaching a rapid; first the guide would shout "all forward", we would have to paddle, then the waves would get rockier and rockier until the nose of our raft was lifted up almost vertical and then fell down, the water splashing over the raft and soaking us, especially the 2 guys in front. We two were paddling at first, but as the waves got bigger we decided to just hold on.

After going through lots of rapids, we reached the mellow mile where the water was calmer. The guide let us two take control of his big oars which are used to steer the raft, and then me (Melanie) by myself. I was also allowed to give instructions to the paddlers, so I made the raft spin in circles. I don't think I'll make a good river guide.

We thought it had been pretty wild so far, but then the guide told us that the bigger ones were yet to come. Our favourite rapid was called Luncheon Break, where the water was really deep and narrow and the waves were the biggest. The guys at the front swapped with Mum and another guy, so they all had a chance to get soaked. The longest rapid was at the end, where we decided to spin our raft around while rafting the rapid, and even the guide got wet. The water was freezing, so we couldn't feel our hands by the end.
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Where I stayed
Snake River KOA
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