Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rafting the Nile

Ok, probably one of the funnest things I've ever done. A whole day of floating down the Nile, surrounded by gorgeous green jungle complete with monkeys and ecstatic, sometimes half-naked Ugandan children that call out to you "Muzungu!" and wave frantically as you paddle by. Most of the river is calm; Rachel and I cannonball into the water every chance we get. It is so peaceful to just let your life vest do its job as you face your closed eyes to the warm sun. We laugh ourselves breathless trying to run in circles in the water, ending up looking like a dolphin getting tasered.

But, every couple kilometers, a huge rapid joyfully roars around the corner. Your stomach anticipates its pitches and rolls, you quiver a little as you listen for commands from the guide. Then the monster pulls you in quicker than you expected and you plunge into the first hole. The beast bucks at you madly and you laugh in the thrill of not knowing if it will succeed in throwing you.

Then it's over too fast and you're left soaked in freshwater and glory and wondering how the tame water that stretches in front of you could ever be so rough. But don't worry, there's 8 rapids on this river, all of them Class 3, 4 or 5. It's long and fabulous and so much fun!
Our boat with our boss guide, David. We called him DVD because initially that's what we thought he said.

Rachel getting torched. Every single time we went through a rapid, she screamed, even if it was a baby one.

I definitely have no idea what those green poles are for.

Taking the plunge

4 comments:

  1. I freaking love river rafting.

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  2. Super fun and exciting! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thanks guys! Andrew, if you ever get the chance to go on the Nile, do it. Best river rafting ever! Absolutely fantastic rapids.

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