Whitewater Adventure 2009 = success!

June 4, 2009 in adventure,camping,trip,whitewater rafting

I’m finally back and able to pay a little attention to my poor blog! As a heads up, this is a LONG (BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT) post with a TON of pictures!! If you have the patience to make it all the way through, I hope you’ll leave me a nice little comment!

woke up. ran to starbucks (of course) to pick up some vivanno‘s (If you have never had them, I suggest you go out and get one ASAP!). We left the house around 10:00 am. We had every intention of leaving at 9… yeah, that didn’t happen. We set the GPS, and off we went! Projected time = 4.5 hours. However, add three (yes, THREE) restroom stops (I can’t help it, I pee a lot), and we made it in about 5 hours. Not too shabby!

Our first stop was the Whipple Company Store. I have to say, that while I had done a great deal of planning for this trip, I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting us into. BF and I are both big into museums and other nerdy stuff, so I figured, why not, right? Well we arrived and I looked at BF and said “if it sucks, I’m sorry.” It was in the middle of nowhere. Not just saying that, I mean, it literally was. We thought we were lost and I looked up and said… “Oh.”

It was incredible. We learned so much about coal mining and the history of West Virginia. The couple who run the store bought it 2 years ago. At the time it was a condemned building and it was going to be torn down. The couple couldn’t bear to see this happen so they bought the place and started renovating it with their own funds! Their plan is to have the store/museum operating as a non-profit organization in three years. The only problem is that they are no longer able to use their own money to restore the building. They are having a benefit this weekend and we were very sad that we will not be able to make it.

BF and I were very happy to have stopped by and to have met such wonderful people. I KNOW that we will be visiting again (and keeping in touch!).

Above: Me in our tent.

After we left the WCS, we went to “check-in” at the adventure resort. We set up camp and headed to get some grub! The drive really exhausted us so we went to bed pretty early. It thunderstormed ALL night. Literally. All. Night. Kept us awake because the storms were so severe. Minimal flooding in the tent, but zero sleep due to the horrific weather.

Above: Our campsite.

We set an alarm to wake up rather early to get some breakfast before our whitewater trip departed, but I want to send a big, sarcastic, thank you to the chick with the annoying laugh that woke up at 5 (thunderstorms stopped at 4am) with talking. Thank you annoying chick.

Post-annoying girl, we dragged ourselves down to get some morning grub (knowing full well we would need it for the LONG rafting trip ahead). It was delish. We headed up to meet our guide, sign our paper work (aka-sign our lives away) and head out on a bus to the launch point.

Above: BF and I before our big whitewater trip.

I jumped off of a giant rock (known as Jump Off Rock — where they get these names, I just don’t know… ๐Ÿ˜› ).

Above: Picture of Jump off Rock from the river.
Above: Me getting ready to leap off the rock (yes, dude named Austin taking video of my tattoos).

There were class 3 thru class 5 rapids (eek! scary) on the new river from all of the storms they had the previous week.

Above: Me (thanks BF for taking pictures).

Above: Our raft. I’m in it. BF is not. He’s taking the pic.

Above: Lunch break. AKA picture time!

Above: BF & I on a mini-hike, mid-rafting trip.

Above: BF and I.

Above: Us in the raft. BF is such a good little picture-taker. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the rafting trip we headed back onto the bus. I know this may not shock all of you, but they gave us beer on the way back (like, on the bus). I guess I was just surprised, because they could have just given us waters or sodas or whatever, but they actually want their guests to have tons-o-fun. For sure! Once we got back, we grabbed some dinner. Exhaustion began to set in, but s’mores were to be had! So we headed back to camp to start a fire! Woo hoo! I love campfires! We played some Scrabble Apple and drank a couple of Mike’s Hard Lemonades and at our delicious S’mores!

Above: Me toasting my marshmallow.

Above: Me eating my delicious s’more!

Above: Me & BF sitting by the fire… kicking his butt in ScrabbleApple.

After the s’mores, we pretty much passed out (like at 830…. seriously). We were exhausted and we knew we had a big day ahead of us.

Woke up. Packed up. Played some ping-pong. Ate lunch. Tried to sell back some un-used firewood (a no-go, btw). Went to check in to our climb & rappel trip. Before I begin,… I am afraid of heights. This has never stopped me from doing things. I have this theory that if I JUST do this ONE thing, I won’t be afraid anymore. So I go hang gliding, hiking, etc. Nothing ever makes me overcome it, but I get to do a lot of cool things in the meantime. First came the rappel.

Above: BF getting his gear on.

Above: BF rappelling first time.

Above: BF rappelling down 80 feet!

Above: Me, terrified. Rappelling.

Above: Me again.

Above: Me, getting lower. You can see (a little bit) BF in the background.

Above: One last shot of me hanging…

I didn’t do that awesome at the rock climbing, but BF made it all the way to the top!

Above: BF Climbing to the top!

Above: Me climbing (somewhat).

After the climb, we left West Virginia and headed home! The drive took longer than expected (I made BF stop for TCBY and Starbucks!) but we eventually made it. I held my own little mini-concert in the car, hairbrush mic and all! Overall the trip was a HUGE success! BF enjoyed his birthday present! (Yay!) and so did I! ๐Ÿ™‚ We took Tuesday off of work and spent the day going out to lunch (and dinner) and going to see the movie UP (totally recommend this movie!). Hope everyone enjoyed! Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

~M~ June 4, 2009 at 6:07 pm

What a fun trip!!


ashley-cita June 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Holy moly, look at y'all!
You managed to make me think that my prissy self could want to go camping… what?? That's talent, lady ๐Ÿ™‚


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