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Day Fourteen - Floating Down the River

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Another really healthy breakfast and we're all fired up to go rafting on the Kenai River. The shuttle picked us up at the main lodge and dropped us off at the launch site for the 11 mile drift down the Kenai river. The illustration shows a calm blue stream in sparkling sunshine. What I observed was a raging torrent under an overcast sky and a tiny blow-up rubber boat.

Step one was to remove our shoes and find a pair of rubber boots the right size, turns out that two sizes up from your normal shoe size is about right. Next a pair of waterproof trousers with over the shoulder braces - too wide or too long isn't a problem. Next step is a waterproof jacket to go over whatever you had on and then the floatation vest. By now each of us looked about five sizes bigger than we are. Now the 'safety briefing' and signing the 'Industry Standard' disclaimer form.

It was a tight fit for eight of us plus the oarsman who was required to guide this bathtub toy down the river. We are shoved off and for the next two hours we drift down this fast flowing river. We're told that the trip is 11 miles, I'm sure that's right as it took almost as long on the shuttle to come back.

Along the way we enjoyed the sight of eagles perched along the river. There were fishers up to their waist in the water trying to catch that elusive trout. Also saw many salmon floating in the shallows and a good number washed up on the bank. These fish have spawned and are literally dying of starvation.

Our oarsman managed to dunk us into a wave or two and we really appreciated the water=proof gear.

Back at the lodge we enjoyed lunch in the Rafter's Bar and then returned to the cabin to write up this tale and light the fire. It isn't that we NEED the fire but it was provided and we wanted to experience that comfort of burning wood.

It is now at least 30 minutes later and the fire hasn't caught at all. will need to revisit that operation.

Will try to upload this lot down in the Main lodge, haven't had a lot of luck with that.

If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 15:40 Archived in USA

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I looked at your pictures before I read the comments (usually remember to do it the other way) and laughed all the way through your write up of the float trip in the "toy rubber boat". Priceless. Does sound like you're enjoying all they have to offer. Keep it up!

by milaniet

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