A dip in the West Virginia whitewater

White knuckled in the whitewater
I think this picture speaks for itself [Yes, it enlarges on click]. Last weekend was simply out of this world. I never thought I would do something like this in my lifetime … ever! It was something I used to see in the movies. But after some planning and encouragement from the husband, I decided to embark on my very first whitewater rafting experience on one of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River in West Virginia.

I have to admit, though, I was dreading it. I was so worried the night before that I stayed awake almost all night. I kept thinking I would end up clinging to a tree after the boat flipped, just like in the movies. But I didn’t! With our friends: Sarah, Elliot,the husband and me, the whole experience was absolutely exhilarating. I would do it again in a heartbeat. What a weekend!


  1. Scooby August 28, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    Well, the look on Jeff’s face shows he is having fun. The look on your face, however, reminds me of how I looked like when Brazil was knocked-out of the World Cup.

    I’m glad you got to do that. I’ve done it once before and I also think it is great fun.

  2. Brian Ulrich August 29, 2006 at 1:18 am

    You’re gradually developing all the skills necessary to becoming a successful pirate.

  3. Roba August 29, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    That looks like sooooooo much fun!!!

  4. Mike August 29, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    Fantastic!!! I’m envious.

    Looks like a blast, and let me know if you’ll need somewhat experienced crew on this pirate ship — some day.

  5. Aunt K August 30, 2006 at 8:58 am

    Natasha, good job on trying this! Lynn, Lacey and I took a MUCH calmer trip in the Smokies last fall and she was instantly hooked. We would love to find some white water closer to Memphis.

    Jeff, you look so much like your Dad! Now, I’m thinking we need to have a family gathering near some white water in the next year.

    Love, Aunt K


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