Riding the Rapids & the Jammers

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 13, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Monday, September 6, 2010

Today was a day filled with activities.  Our first activity was white water rafting down the Swiftcurrent River.  We arrived at the rafting company after an hour and a half drive.  We quickly put on wet suits, booties and boarded a bus.  The launching point was on the Moccasin River about 8 miles from the rafting store.  We had four rafts in total with 9 people in each raft.  

The first 1/2 of the trip was more of a float, although given the water level we had to do a bit of paddling.  After the first half of the trip we were into some rapids.  They were between class II and class III.  We went through "bone crusher,  repeater rock, washboard," and many others.  When  we were going through "repeater rock" the guide had us get one side of the raft up on the rock and the other side were holding on as that side was deep in the cold water.  Bonnie was on the wet side of the boat and got very wet.  We worked hard to get our raft in to the dock first so we could change out of the wet clothes and into dry ones.  It was pretty cold and the water temperature was about 48 degrees farenheit.  Our guide was "Erik.."After docking and changing the guides cooked a Bar B Q lunch for us which was  very good.

Now it was off to ride the "Jammers" through "Going to the Sun" road from The Lake MacDonald Lodge. "Jammers" are the cars that took tourists through the park in the early1900's.  They are somewhat of a combination of a station wagon and a bus with a removable top.   Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worst and the rain began.  With it raining we were not able to open the roof of the Jammer.  The good thing was Bob was able to sit in the front passenger seat.  It allowed him to capture some good pictures.  The ride took about 3 hours with a stop at Logan Pass.  The views from Logan Pass were good, however due to the weather, not as good as it could have been.  Also, this is where we actually experienced our first snow squall for the Winter of 2010.  Now this is way too early for us to experience snow.  During the ride we also saw another bear, this time a baby who was eating berries along the side of the road.  He was so cute :)

Back to the Lodge for dinner and packing.  Tomorrow is a long travel day.
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