Rafting the Snake River

On Contiki’s Northern Adventure after our night in Jackson Hole we had the opportunity to go white water rafting on the Snake River.  Never one to miss an adventure I jumped at the opportunity.  I did go white water rafting once before on the Delaware River years before so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into, but this was still FUN!

Our morning started with a ride to their shop and getting fitted with wet suits and shoes for the day.  I do recommend both, particularly earlier in the season when the water is colder as they will help keep you a bit warmer.

My boats guide was Alex and he was great!  He gave us all the directions on where to sit, when to row and when to relax.  He told us fun stories about his history as a guide, and a few of his friend’s funny stories too.  He encouraged us to all jump in the river too, and my boat was the only one where everyone jumped in.  Oh, and no one fell in by accident either!

We did have class 3 rapids, which is what I experienced on the Delaware River.  I would suggest that for most people class 3 rapids are just fine.  If you have young kids or less mobile people then it might be a bit much.  But for the average person class 3 will be fun, but not too hard.  Spring is the best time for class 3 rapids, because of the melting snow in the mountains.  Unfortunately, melting snow makes for cold water.

And so for the bad part of white water rafting.  It’s COLD!  When you’re floating along the river all is well, but then you start hitting the rougher water and you get splashed.  Eventually you get soaked and it’s cold.  But then the sun comes out and warms you up.  Once you’re warm, you get soaked again.  It’s a cruel cycle…  But it’s fun and invigorating.  And just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore, Alex told us we were going to pull over and get out.  Our ride was about an hour and a half. Perfection!

I don’t remember the name of the company we used.  I tried looking on the internet, but still couldn’t find it.  And since we never got our pictures or our bracelets for jumping into the river, I decided I wasn’t going to kill myself over it.  I’m not sure whose fault that is, Contiki or the rafting company.  It was only the second trip of the season that Contiki used this company and obviously they hadn’t worked out all the kinks.

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