Friday, September 5, 2014

Travel: White Water Rafting on the Kennebec River

Rafting on the Kennebec River

When a coworker told Kevin about white water rafting on the Kennebec River, I immediately made arrangements for us to go.  It was a great decision!

All arrangements were made with Northern Outdoors (click here to visit their website) in The Forks, Maine.  The company provides rafting adventures, snowmobiling, cabin and condo rentals and has an on-site restaurant.

We drove to The Forks, Maine on Friday night after stopping for dinner in Portland, Maine, a quaint town with a picturesque “Main Street.”  After checking in and getting situated in our rustic cabin, we walked to the lodge for a beer.  The beer at Northern Outdoors is special-the restaurant has its own microbrewery and brew master (who also happened to be our river guide).

After breakfast on Saturday morning, we met in the lodge where we were given our safety briefing, got our paddles and life jackets and were driven by bus to the launch site.  We were assigned a guide and raft, and the adventure began.  The first part of the river had 4 sets of rapids (3 Class 3’s and 1 Class 4)-it was an exhilarating thrill ride! 

Next, we took a break for lunch-our guides cooked steak, chicken, salmon, veggie burgers, and fried rice over open flames.  Pasta salad and chocolate chip cookies accompanied the main dishes, and the food was delicious! 

After lunch, we went back to our rafts and went through the second leg of the river.  There was only 1 Class 3 rapid, and after we went through it, we were able to swim/float down the river and/or ride the inflatable kayak.  While the first leg was an e-ticket ride, the second was easy and relaxing.  Afterwards, we were bussed back to the lodge, where we watched the video and slide show-the narrator was hilarious and it was worth taking the time to do.  We were pretty worn out after our exciting day, so we ate an early dinner and retired to our cozy cabin.  What a fun weekend-we are definitely going back!

We hit a ledge, and half of us, including our guide, were tossed from
the raft

Kevin somehow managed to hold onto the raft.  The blur of yellow behind
him is me.  I hadn't been thrown out on our previous two rafting trips-though
it was a little scary, it was part of the adventure.  The heavy duty life jacket
pulled up me right up to the surface.

The current beer list

Our rustic cabin

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