Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Adventures on the Gorge

Our recent trip was planned months ago when it was decided to gather together some of Bryce's family as a surprise for his parents (they learned of it at Christmas time).  We hadn't gotten together everyone from this branch of the family in years and years!  As we were all coming from different parts of the country, we decided to meet "in middle" as much as possible.  This meant a two day trip, for us which translated to 4 days travel out of the week.  It made more sense to us to try to break up those driving days with activities as much as possible.

Therefore, on the way down to Kentucky, we stopped to do some white water rafting on the Gauley and New River and to see the gorge in all of its glory!  We made reservations for our rafting experience only a few days before and Adventures on the Gorge were fantastic about getting us on the river.  Our only problem was getting a campsite, everyone was booked for the weekend, but we found a little campsite, Cooters, that had availability!  We laughed a lot about the campsite but it actually worked out perfectly and was a great place to stay.

We didn't have a day on our trip where it didn't either steadily rain or thunderstorm!  On the day of our rafting trip, down the Lower New River, it rained on and off for most of the morning, but it didn't impede the trip at all nor make it any less fun.  We were going to be wet either way!  Our guide, Jillian, was fantastic and made it a lot of fun as were our boat partners (there are 8 on a boat).  Of course, I didn't take a camera on the boat but we did get some pictures from the professional photographers they employ (I have permission to post photos).  Along the route, we stopped and had lunch, swam some of the rapids and climbed tall rocks to jump off of into the water below.  It was so fun!  I was shocked that Harris didn't fall off of the boat, though he did fall into the boat several times!  Sorry, I tried to show restraint on these pictures but I just couldn't stop adding to the post.  It was so much fun- though from my face I look slightly terrified while everyone else looks like they are having the time of their lives!

After our day on the water, we made an effort to also see the New River Gorge Bridge which is the 3rd highest suspension bridge in the U.S.  We also got a wonderful view of it from the water!

That evening, the 4th of July, we went on a night hike to the top of the Gorge and watched fireworks. We were the only ones there and it was truly magical, except for my complete freak out over Harris getting anywhere close to the edge of the 1,000 foot drop off.  That was more scary than magical.


  1. What wonderful photographs! I love everyone's facial expressions. What a fun adventure.

  2. I didn't realize you all had that much of a rafting adventure! Lots of white water and boulders! And you didn't have to wear wet suits as we did. Glad you posted so many action shots and peaceful ones too.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I went on a rafting trip with Dale when we were younger and I looked exactly like YOU in all the photos! :) What a magical adventure for you all! Love the last blue photo so much (heart beating).

  4. WOW!!! Memories that will never be forgotten! Who took the pictures? Is that part of the rafting!?


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