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Life is What YOU Make It: Amateur White Water Rafting

Posted on October 05 2016

 

This is the part where I tell you I am some white water rafting champion. Since I am writing about this I must know every trick in the book, every single sweet spot to hit, and you’d probably think, I am a pro at white water rafting.

White Water Rafting 

 

Well, I hate to burst your bubble but I am not white  water rafting pro. Do I love going white water rafting  in West Virginia? Hell yea I do! I have been exactly  two times. I will tell you this. White water rafting in  West Virginia rocks! I love it. There are not many  times in my life where I have had so much fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 You are at the complete mercy of the rapids. Yes, you can maneuver around but, to be honest sometimes you feel a bit helpless. The current can be extremely powerful at times and you just need to hang on.

I was around 16 years old my first-time white water rafting in West Virginia. I was pretty nervous because they kept talking about going on a Class IV river. If you aren’t familiar with the classifications of rivers head on over to Wikipedia. They lay this out extremely well and it will give you an idea of the craziness I was about to face.

On our trip, I would have to say it opened my eyes even more to the incredible power our world has to offer. You are virtually helpless at times and at the mercy of the river. If you were to fall in a class IV set of rapids there is a chance you might not make it out. Either way, this sense of adventure always peaked my interest and when I was 16 I had the time of my life.

There was a large dependence on teamwork during the trip. When the guide told us to put our paddles in the water and paddle forward we did. We moved like synchronized swimmers toward a common goal. For those of you who love white water rafting in Maine, Colorado, and Ohio the objective is exactly the same.

Work as a team to get through the rapids and then enjoy some incredible scenery between the craziness.White water rafting was extremely rewarding to me. It was dangerous, but fun. It was crazy but relaxing. White water rafting has an incredible feeling of oneness with the environment. It is one of the few places you can go in this world to ride one of

White water rafting was extremely rewarding to me. It was dangerous, but fun. It was crazy but relaxing. White water rafting has an incredible feeling of oneness with the environment. It is one of the few places you can go in this world to ride one of nature’s most powerful creations. The river is unforgiving in nature. It truly shows you how insignificant we are in this world.

So, if you are ready to roll out the paddles and jump into a raft white water rafting in Colorado or West Virginia might be right up your alley. I know when I have more free time I will be hitting the rivers in our country until I have aggressively floated them all.

Either way, if you decide to go white water rafting or not, get out there and explore this world. Life is fleeting and you only have one opportunity to live life to its fullest. You need to get out there and explore the world the way it was meant to be and get off that couch!

Thank you all!

-Ben Hedley

Co-Founder

OpenWorld

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