I JUST got back from a trip with 12 other people! we went camping and I had no technology, and it was amazing. Not only did I make many great friends, but we did some pretty amazing things.
First of all, we started out with a 9 hour car ride to reach our destination (Confluence, PA). Once we were there we spent our first full day white water kayaking. We started out on a flat lake learning how to maneuver the kayaks. Then, on our lunch break we kayaked across the lake to a little overhang with a tree sticking out over the water. We all climbed up the side of the rock, up the tree, and jumped 40 feet into the water. IT WAS AMAZING (especially considering that I am terrified of heights). After that we moved to actual moving water…which was still flat. We worked on controlling the kayaks and moving in and out of eddy’s. Then we ended our day of kayaking with a class II rapid.
Our second day there we kayaked again. This time we started at the class II rapid and continued down the river. We were suppose to only go through class I and II rapids that day. But due to all the rain we got the river was flooded and we ended up in class III rapids, which was more fun than I can explain!
Our third day was our final day of kayaking. We paddled a river called the Castleman. This river rarely runs because its natural flowing and usually doesn’t get high enough. But, again because of the rain, we were lucky enough to have an opportunity to run it! All class II and III rapids, super fast, and super fun!
Our fourth day was incredibly challenging. We went rock climbing, which is something that I havent even doen indoors. On top of that, as previously stated, I am not a fan of heights. But every single one of is did our best and attmpted all the ropes that we had set. And every one of us reached the top at least once. Personally, I was only successful twice, but I am proud of that because that was not easy!
On our fifth day we went caving. It was intense. We went 45 stories underground, eventually reaching the very bottom of the cave. That only happened after we hiked up and around huge drops, and then crawled through the stream on our bellies with rocks touching our backs, sandwiching us. It was amazing seeing all of that though, I loved it.
Then our sixth, and final day. We went white water rafting through class V rapids. It was definitely the best part of the trip. We were in groups and had to all come together to maneuver the insane waters, and hit all the drops just right.
I couldn’t have had a better trip, and I really wish that I wasn’t home right now. I want to still be at the campsite sitting around the fire with everyone, talking and getting hyped up about what we have planned to do next.