September 6th, 2018 @ 9:38 pm
for labor day weekend, we went up to maine for cabin living and white water rafting. when we were initially included in on these plans, kristen and i didn’t know exactly what we were getting into. our friends had done this rafting trip before, we haven’t. i’ve gone rafting on the delaware river gap, but it was so mild that we didn’t even require helmets… just life preservers. i was thinking that was probably class 2 or 3 or something. i had no idea really how to classify rapids, nor did i research. all i knew was that my boyfriend and our friends survived it and said it wasn’t that bad… i just went in blindly.
so we went rafting on the penobscot river’s west branch, which is full of class IV and V rapids… LEMME JUST BREAK THIS DOWN FER YA… these are the classes of rapids measured here in the USA… let me also just state this from the international scale of of river difficulty:
CLASS V: Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is recommended but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. Proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential.
aka I HAD NO BUSINESS BEING IN THOSE DAMN RAPIDS…
i’ll cut this story off with a read more link bc it’s about to be a novela, but if in case you’re not enticed enough, here’s a visual of where ya girl basically almost died:
yeah, our raft right-over-left capsized with 8 people in it right there AND then got stuck on a rock on the back end while still upside down. i have another pic inside the post with details (circles on a pic, lol)