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White Water Rafting in the New River Gorge

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of going white water rafting. Watching others navigate the roaring rapids always filled me with awe and excitement. Yet, I never imagined I’d get to experience it firsthand.

The Perfect Opportunity: New River Gorge with River Expeditions

When the opportunity to go white water rafting in the New River Gorge with River Expeditions arose, I jumped at the chance. I shared this adventure with my husband, my business partner (aka best friend), and her husband. The four of us were ecstatic. With only one of us having rafted before, the rest of us were both excited and unsure of what to expect.

Arrival and Accommodation: River Expeditions

As we pulled into River Expeditions, the excitement was palpable. We checked into a beautiful cabin, complete with a hot tub out back and a serene, peaceful view. This cabin became our cozy retreat, a place to unwind and soak in the beauty of nature.

Dining Experience: Red Dog River Saloon

That evening, we dined at the Red Dog River Saloon, located right on the premises. The atmosphere was electric, with lively music and exceptional staff making the experience even more memorable. Enjoy a game of pool or team up to play some cornhole while sipping on a beer.

Gearing Up for White Water Rafting

The next morning, we geared up for our rafting adventure. We met just outside River Expeditions’ store, where we were given our gear and loaded onto the bus. Carla was instrumental in explaining what could happen and ensuring our safety. Upon arriving at the river, we met up with two other people who would become part of our team.

Expert Guidance: Ian, Our River Expeditions Guide

Ian, our River Expeditions guide, was phenomenal. He listened to any medical concerns and made sure everyone was positioned just right on the raft. As we entered the water, our guide quickly taught us how to row together and listen to his commands. He always cheered us on and complimented us on our skills and how well we were doing.

Thrill of the Rapids: Navigating the New River Gorge

As we launched into the river, the thrill was immediate. The powerful current took hold, and we paddled in unison, feeling the rush of the water beneath us. Each rapid was a new challenge, a new surge of adrenaline. The camaraderie among us grew stronger with every wave we conquered. Our rapids ranged from Class 2 to Class 5, with each level offering a unique thrill. I must admit, Class 5 was the best!

Unforgettable Moments: Riding Down the Rapids

At one point, we had the opportunity to jump out of our raft and ride down some rapids. The awe of floating freely, carried by the current, was indescribable. Feeling the power of the river firsthand, without the raft, was both exhilarating and humbling.

Ian’s Expertise and Local Knowledge

Throughout the journey, Ian expertly navigated us through the twists and turns of the river. His knowledge and enthusiasm added to the adventure, making us feel safe and exhilarated at the same time. Raised close to the New River Gorge, Ian was full of fascinating historical information about the area. He shared stories about the river’s history, making the experience even more enriching. At one point, he took the time to learn more about each of us, which made the journey feel even more personal. I can’t say enough good things about Ian being our guide.

Celebrating Success: Back at the Red Dog River Saloon

By the end of our rafting trip, we were exhausted but exhilarated. The sense of accomplishment and the bond we formed with each other and Ian were unparalleled. We celebrated our successful quest back at the Red Dog River Saloon, where we watched a video of the day’s adventures.

The Adventurous Bus Ride: Gary’s Skillful Driving

I can’t forget to mention our incredible bus driver, Gary. On our ride back, Gary, a retired fireman, skillfully handled the bus around the twists and turns, making our trip back adventurous as well. If you’re faint of heart, I don’t suggest looking out the window, but for adrenaline junkies, please do. It was a bus ride I will never forget.

A Perfect Adventure with River Expeditions

White water rafting in the New River Gorge with River Expeditions was more than an adventure; it was a dream come true. The thrill of the rapids, the beauty of the landscape, and the joy of sharing it with loved ones made it an unforgettable experience. River Expeditions made our trip phenomenal, from being able to stay on the premises and having all we needed to the exceptional staff. I highly recommend it.

If you’ve ever dreamed of white water rafting, seize the opportunity. The New River Gorge awaits, promising an adventure you’ll cherish forever. Plan your trip today with River Expeditions – you won’t regret it. We’re already planning our next trip!

Be sure to read our article: “Explore The New River Gorge’s Stunning Waterfalls” for even more adventure!

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