With just a few white puffy clouds and temperatures in the 70’s, it is a fine day for a whitewater rafting trip. Five of us pack into one vehicle, as we journey to Jackson where I shuttle awaits us. When we arrive, our crew outfits themselves in wetsuits and I ponder my need for one. I know I’ll be getting wet, but it’s one of the warmest days since I arrived in Wyoming. I join a few brave souls and opt out of the wetsuit.
Our shuttle driver takes us to West Table Creek and 14 of us strap on life jackets and ponchos and climb into the raft. We leave the bank and there’s no turning back.
Matt, our guide, gives us a lowdown on what to do if a member falls out or the boat flips. “Try to remain on your back if you don’t want a mouthful of water,” he advises. I’m beginning to understand the importance of the wetsuit, as I reach down and feel the numbing water with a temperature of 40 some degrees.
Mae, a first-time rafter, asks, “So we’re not going on a scenic float trip?” Someone failed to mention to her that rapids were going to be involved. After a brief moment of panic, she proudly grabs a paddle and chooses her side of the raft.
We floated 8-miles of the Snake River, with only two overboard and merely by choice, as our guide allowed anyone adventurous enough to hop in for a quick swim. The canyon was a beautiful sight with Osprey nestled in the trees and Bald Eagles soaring above. Our crew skillfully maneuvered over the infamous Lunch Counter, a Class II-IV rapid (depending on the time of year).
We concluded our trip with Champagne. No, not the bubbly, but a section of the river containing millions of tiny air bubbles rising to the surface after having been trapped by the rushing water.
Our whitewater rafting trip was a sweet success, as our soaking bodies piled into the van and headed back to Jackson. There are a selection of whitewater trips, scenic floats, and overnight trips down the Snake River for all levels of adventurous tastes. For the whitewater trip, I suggest wearing a wetsuit.
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